Metabolism is a hot topic when you’re trying to lose weight. Many people believe the metabolism refers to the rate at which the body burns calories. However, they are confusing metabolism with basal metabolic rate (BMR), which can increase based on the amount of muscle versus fat your body contains.
Metabolism, on the other hand, refers to the process by which the cells are able to break down food nutrients into energy to fuel various and necessary bodily functions—including heart rate, digestion, breathing, circulation, and so forth.
Here are ten interesting facts that you might not know about your metabolism…
1. The Thyroid Gland Controls Metabolism
Your metabolism, which determines the rate at which your body is able to break down food into energy, is regulated by a small, butterfly-shaped gland known as the thyroid. The thyroid gland is located at the front of your neck, near the Adam’s apple. The brain sends messages to this “master control” when it comes to energy and protein production, hormone regulation, and other bodily processes (i.e., digestion).