Do you have that one friend who can eat whatever she wants without gaining weight? Maybe she credits a speedy metabolism for her ability to chow down on fries and never feel like her favorite pants are feeling the tiniest big snug. Meanwhile, you’ve been trying to eat nutritiously for months and still can’t seem move the numbers on the scale. Been there.
Here’s the thing: It’s actually possible that your metabolism is just different, (meaning, slower) than your friend’s. In case you’ve forgotten from your high school biology class, metabolism is the rate at which your body burns calories for energy. And it’s a complicated process that also involves your oxygen intake and carbon dioxide output (a.k.a. your breathing), the Mayo Clinic explains.
Excerpted from Women’s Health