If you have a slow metabolism, trying to lose belly fat may be daunting to say the least. Good news: It's still achievable, and experts suggest some ways to do that. But there is also a reason why losing weight, including belly fat, is so challenging in a slow metabolism.
To explain this, we first define what your metabolism actually is. When we say "metabolism," we actually refer to the metabolic rate. In this way, your body converts what you eat and drink into usable energy and stores that energy so you can use it later. There are countless factors that determine what type of metabolic rate you have (fast, slow, etc.), and the most important ones are those over which you have no control: age and your genetics.
However, your metabolic rate is also closely linked to your body composition and muscle mass, Dr. Elizabeth Lowden, Bariatric Endocrinologist at Northwestern Medicine Metabolic Health and Surgical Weight Loss Center at Delnor Hospital. In particular, you can boost your metabolism by increasing your muscle mass and lowering your body fat.
It's a double challenge if you have a slow metabolism and want to lose body fat. Their slow metabolism makes it difficult to lose the fat, but the fat makes it difficult to speed up your metabolism. It's a frustrating puzzle, Dr. Holly Lofton, Head of the Medical Weight Management Program at NYU Langone Health. "We have to break this cycle somewhere," she told POPSUGAR. In the run-up Dr. Lowden and Dr. Lofton ways to do just that.