What is a “Slow Metabolism”?


It is a common misconception that the only reason why people become overweight or obese is due to eating too much. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth, as there are many different factors that can contribute to this problem.

Currently, about 65% of our population is overweight, an ever-increasing amount of which includes children. Many of those who are overweight will claim that they have a “slow metabolism”, but what does that mean exactly?

The word “metabolism” contains the prefix “meta”, which comes from the Greek language meaning “movement or change”. For example, the word “metamorphosis” means “to change form” and “metastasis” has to do with the transference or movement of cancer or disease-producing organisms.

So, the metabolism has to do with the movements and changes that occur within the body, specifically those that generate energy to survive. A “slow metabolism” then, is a condition where the body isn’t efficiently performing those movements or changes so as to produce enough energy.

The human body is comparable to a car’s motor in that it works to provide the energy necessary to be alive. Food and oxygen serve as the “fuel”, as the metabolism itself is what generates the power. Those with a slow metabolism basically don’t generate enough power, thus making them susceptible to weight gain and low energy.

When we eat, there are only two ways that the body will handle that food: It will either convert it into immediate energy or store it in the form of “fat”. A body with a slow metabolism will convert part of the food they eat into stored energy (fat). As a result, they will begin to feel like they have a lack of energy to any sort of movement whatsoever.


Those who suffer from a slow metabolism will not feel like exercising, simply due to the fact that their body is not converting the food they eat into energy. One of the most common mistakes is to assume that one needs to immediately start exercising, despite this lack of energy caused by a slow metabolism. However, this is the wrong way of going about this.

As with anything, there’s a correct sequence to things, and addressing the metabolism is no exception. Just like you need to have money before you can spend it, you need to have energy available before you go exercise. To do otherwise would be comparable to writing checks when you have too little money in the bank. The result: bounced checks!

One again, this idea that people are overweight or obese because they “eat too much” is very far from the truth, as there are many overweight or obese people who eat very little and still have weight problems. On the same note, there are skinny people who seem to be able to eat whatever they want and not gain weight. Therefore, it is not a problem of how much food – it is a problem having to do with the metabolism.

There are various identifiable factors that can reduce the metabolism, most of which have nothing to do with food. For example, stress, hypothyroidism, diabetes, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), dehydration, taking antidepressants, the candida albicans yeast, hormone deficiencies and other factors can all contribute to a slow metabolism. These factors are covered in detail in my book, “The Power of Your Metabolism”, or you can visit www.RelaxSlim.com for more information. Ultimately, it’s important to be aware of these factors when it comes to addressing the metabolism.

-Frank Suarez

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