What Affects Your Metabolism

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What Affects Your MetabolismMetabolism is a term used to describe all chemical processes in the body that are to do with maintaining the living cells. Usually, when talking about metabolism, the term refers to how quickly we digest and process food. This is the metabolic rate. People with a higher metabolic rate have more chemical processes happening, so require more energy. This means they tend to eat more because the food gets digested and turned into energy. If you have a lower metabolic rate this food gets digested and stored as fat. Metabolism is affected by a number of things such as your weight, your age, your gender and even the time of day!

But what non-circumstantial events and activities affect your metabolism?


Your thyroid is the gland that is responsible for producing the hormone thyroxine. It is this hormone that helps regulate your metabolism so you burn as much energy as you need. Normally it can tell what your metabolic rate should be but there are various medical conditions that can cause it to go out of whack. If it gets bigger it will produce too much thyroxine causing you to gain weight and if it shrinks the opposite happens. You sometimes hear people in movies say they're overweight because of glandular problems. This is the thyroid. So it could well be true, but there are a lot of other more likely reasons that could also account for weight gain...

Does having more muscles give you a higher metabolism?

According to Claude Bouchard of the Pennington Biomedical Research Centre, a pound of muscle burns 3 times more calories than a pound of fat while at rest. So yes having more muscle will give you a higher metabolism. However, the difference is only 3 calories per pound to 10 calories per pound. So gaining 3-5 pounds of muscles will result in about an extra 30-50 calories a day being burned. But over the course of years, this will have a big effect.

What about when you exercise?

When you exercise you use up glucose stored in the muscles. When you finish this glucose needs replacing so your metabolism gets faster to help repair. Your muscles also need to repair which uses up calories. I talked before about high-intensity interval training when I discussed how HIIT leads you to an oxygen deficit. This then leads to your metabolism increasing to help replenish your body.

Drinking Water

Drinking 500 ml of water can increase the metabolic rate by 30% according to an article in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. This means that if you drink 2 litres of water you will burn around an extra 100 calories a day. Again this doesn't seem like much but this is the same as 2.4kg of fat being burnt off in a single year!


Caffeine does increase your metabolic rate. It has the chemical epinephrine which sends a signal to your fat cells telling them to breakdown and release into your blood. But coffee and tea themselves have calories and a whole host of other possible side effects so its not the best way to increase your metabolism.

Green tea

Green tea is a popular part of diets that's meant to aid weight loss and promote a faster metabolic rate. The studies that have been done on green tea and metabolism have produced mixed results.However, water increases your metabolism so a glass of water with some stewed leaves in it is bound to as well right? Also hot drinks do burn more calories because your body needs to work to cool you down after the drink has heated you up.

So overall there are a lot of factors that play a role in your metabolism. Since it can only be measured with specialist equipment and controlled experiments, I think it's best not to think about it and simply let nature run its course! And before you go be sure to give Flat Calm Livings Facebook page a like!


It’ll Be Fine

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It'll be fine is a motto I live by. Dinner a bit burnt? It'll be fine. Got three deadlines on the same day? It'll be fine. Not sure how to put together your new table with no instructions? Just go for it, it'll be fine.It'll Be Fine

This unerring optimism is what I grew up with and I love it. Every time things start going wrong I say to myself it'll be fine. Because it will be, if it's not fine it's not finished. It pushes you on with a belief that everything will be OK. And it works in situations big or small. For instance, when I forget to go to the shops to get milk. I can have toast in the morning or pick something up on the way to work. No point getting hung up on it, I can't change it now so it'll be fine!

On a bigger scale.

We were heading to New York and our plane was delayed so we were going to arrive late at night to a foreign city, with a bad reputation. We could have panicked about getting the subway late at night and not being able to get any food. However, we decided we'd spend a bit extra and get a taxi from the airport and then google places to eat once we got there. Eventually, we got out the taxi and saw an all-night deli across the road. Sorted! And a whole lot of unnecessary worrying was avoided because we believed it would be fine and so it was. That's just two examples but I can tell you that:

After more than 20 years it hasn't been wrong yet!It'll be fine (2)

Sure things haven't always gone to plan, there have been many unavoidable tragedies in my life, just like everyone else, but right now as I type these words? I'd say everything was just fine indeed. I'm sitting next to my wife in a foreign country with the sun shining, talking to all you lovely people who have taken the time to read this. What's not fine about that!

You could spend hours arguing about all the things to panic over in any given situation. But if you believe everything will be fine then it calms and clears your mind so you can think of a solution and change the situation. And hey presto, it's all fine!

Basically, it is a mantra that always keeps you moving forwards. Instead of getting bogged down in a spiral of panic you remain calm knowing everything will be fine, so you find out how to make it so.

How to implement it in your life.

So as per usual you start small, try it with things around the house. Next time you notice a mini disaster tell yourself it'll be fine and find a solution. Every mini disaster can be taken in your stride and should not move you up or down. Embrace it, accept it has happened, find a solution and act. Boom! Crisis averted

Maybe your solution is temporary? That's OK. You might realise Monday morning you have forgotten to wash your work trousers and have nothing else. Begin panic stations! Or, think of a solution solve the problem and then it'll be fine. Even if you take your trousers out the wash basket and iron them and throw them on for that day that's OK. It's just temporary and it's better than going to work in your underwear so it's fine. Trust me.

It is a self-fulfilling belief system that can do no harm. It allows you to catch the wave and ride through each day, a smile on your face and calmness over your soul. I truly believe everything is fine and always will be and it is because of this it comes true. It doesn't hurt anyone and reduces my stress so I hope it can help you too.

I encourage all of you to give it a go! And give the article a share using the sidebar on the right!