You would have observed that two brothers who are near identical in facial features but separated by age may often have differing body physique. Everyone knows that it is the work of genetics that separates the way they appear.
When you hit a gym, you may often come across someone who is of same age as yours performing the same set of work outs as you. But to your utter dismay you would have started to notice that the other guy had started losing that extra flab but you continue to retain it, no matter how hard you sweat it out. Intriguing?
Often we forget the fact that genetics is also responsible for this. Basically human body is of three types, ectomorphic, endomorphic and mesomorphic. Ectomorphic are skinny people. They have difficulty putting on muscle or fat. Endomorphic are straight opposite, they put on muscle or fat more easily than the ectomorphic. Mesomorphic is somewhere in between.
Along with the body structure, hormones play a very vital role in determining your metabolic level. The level of glucose in the blood is regulated by hormones like insulin and glucagon from pancreas. The thyroid hormones T3 and T4 play a very important role in regulating the metabolic rate of your body. These two hormones are produced as a result of the response received from a hormone called TSH, Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, produced by the pituitary gland. Levels of T3 and T4 hormones directly determine the rate of metabolism of the body. Hormonal level may change from person to person and hence the varied results.
The above factors are for a healthy person. But other hormonal change that happens while you are in stress, depression, anxiety and prolonged illness also play a very vital role in determining the hormonal level.
There is another factor called BMR or the Basal Metabolic Rate which means the energy you spend doing nothing (being idle where only the internal bodily mechanisms like breathing, heart beat etc are happening) is very high for thin individuals.
So if you are not burning enough fat, though your workout regimen and diet pattern are the same as your partner in the gym, you can either increase your work out timing or can change your diet like DNA diet plan to suit your slow metabolism and achieve optimum results. Remember there are no ready, on-the-go solutions to weight loss and it is always better to sustain your efforts to see any tangible results.
Dr Maran is an experienced Surgeon in the field of Gastro-enterology. He specializes in Advanced laparoscopic Surgery procedures of the gastro-intestinal (GI) tracts. Dr. Maran is also a leading Bariatric Surgeon in Chennai and has a penchant for addressing problems concerning Obesity.