Scientists have identified factors that affect calorie burning during exercise

Anna CherkasovaSociety
Various factors affect calorie burning

Every time we try to lose weight, choose an exercise intensity or take care of our health, we hear about calories. Perhaps everyone has been interested in counting them at different times in their lives. And rightly so, because a calorie is the basic unit of energy used by our body not only during active exercise, but even during sleep. Everyone burns calories in their own way, and we can't influence everything.

All the processes in the body that are responsible for breaking down nutrients for energy make up a person's metabolism, and everyone has a unique one. The EveryDayHealth publication has revealed what factors affect calorie burning.

Metabolic processes are extremely complex and are influenced by a variety of factors, so you shouldn't focus on anyone in terms of weight loss or muscle gain. According to experts, there are several factors that have the greatest impact on calorie burning.


It is a well-known fact that the more you weigh, the more calories you burn. This is due to the fact that even the normal movement of your body takes more energy when you are overweight. In addition, your internal organs are also larger, so they require more energy to function both during exercise and at rest.

This fact explains why losing weight is slower or may even stop if you weigh less. At the same time, it should be remembered that even a slowdown in weight loss is not a reason to give up training, as, according to scientists, improving cardiorespiratory endurance is good for overall health and reduces the risk of premature death.

Muscle mass

According to sports nutritionist, Jenayed Brodell, MD, muscle tissue burns more calories than fatty tissue. That's why muscle-building exercises are effective for burning more calories, as your body needs to produce more energy to maintain the rate at which your muscles are contracting.

Therefore, if you are looking to accelerate your calorie burn, you should consider increasing the intensity of your strength training.


Usually, regardless of the intensity of physical activity, men burn more calories than women. This is due to their higher body weight and muscle mass from birth. Therefore, even at rest, they are able to burn 5-10 per cent more calories than women.

In addition, women are physiologically predisposed to store more fat for hormone production and the ability to bear children. Therefore, some evidence suggests that men need at least 2-5 per cent body fat and women need at least 10-13 per cent to maintain overall health.


Over the years, people tend to lose muscle mass, which in turn leads to a slower metabolism. This may be due to the fact that the body becomes more resistant to hormones that synthesise protein production, which is a necessary element for maintaining muscles.

At the same time, this does not mean that calorie burning will remain at the same level throughout adulthood. Studies show that metabolism stabilises between the ages of 20 and 60 and only then begins to decline. This means that through regular strength training, you can increase your muscle mass, which will help you burn more calories even at rest as you age.

Physical fitness level

You may have noticed that over time, exercising becomes easier and easier. This can be explained by the fact that the body adapts to the chosen load. However, this also affects your calorie burn.

Since you need less energy to achieve your goal after adapting, you burn fewer calories during your workout. Therefore, to achieve results, the intensity of physical activity needs to be reviewed and increased.

Training intensity

The intensity with which you perform your exercises is very important. After all, two people will burn different amounts of calories when doing the same exercise at different intensities.

Even at a low intensity, exercise will have a positive effect on your overall health, including reducing anxiety and improving cardiovascular health. However, adding high-intensity exercises will only improve this effect and increase calorie burn.

As you can see, metabolism is a complex process in the human body, and there is no need to worry about what we cannot influence. However, knowing certain rules and regular physical activity will not only help you burn the accumulated calories, but also significantly improve your health, prevent the progression of the disease and maintain your health for many years.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL revealed the secret of easy weight loss. Experts noted that when you follow a healthy diet, everything from the size of the dishes to the composition of the food becomes important.

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