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Metabolism

Our evidence-based analysis on metabolism features 71 unique references to scientific papers.

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Frequently Asked Questions and Articles on Metabolism

Is my “slow metabolism” stalling my weight loss?
The number of calories you burn is based on your resting metabolic rate, the thermic effect of food, and physical activity.
How do I stay out of "starvation mode?"
Marasmus is a disease of caloric restriction, but you most likely don't have it. Your metabolic rate can definitely slow down during weight loss, but it will never slow to the point where it causes you to gain weight; in this sense, starvation mode is a myth.
How do I calculate my metabolism?
Do you need to eat six times a day to keep your metabolism high?
Eating food six times a day, or very high meal frequency, does not seem to increase the overall metabolic rate more than simply eating three times a day. If such a meal frequency can help you feel better on a diet then it can be useful but it alone won't cause weight loss or prevent weight gain.
Does metabolism vary between two people?
Yes, metabolic rate (the amount of calories burnt a day) does vary between people. Most of the time, it isn't that much of a difference and isn't causative of obesity (where caloric intake and exercise are better predictors), but differences between people do tend to exist.
Do oral contraceptives affect a woman's metabolism?
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