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February 28, 2016

Your Metabolism: Realistic Explanation for Weight Gain?

February 11, 2018

Some people seem to eat whatever they want and never gain a pound. The rest of us have to be really careful. So what’s at work? The answer is metabolism: the mechanism by which your body burns the calories you eat and converts them to the energy necessary for your body to function. In the latest post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast internal medicine expert Dr. David Shafer answers questions about your metabolism and its effect on how much you weigh.

Do you have questions about your metabolism, weight, or overall health? Dr. Shafer or any of our experts in the Robert B. Irwin Internal Medicine Clinic are here to help. Learn more about our services or call (903) 877-7911.


  1. What is metabolism and how does it work?
  2. How is your metabolism measured?
  3. We've heard people say that they have a "fast" or "slow" metabolism. What does that mean and how does metabolic rate affect our bodies?
  4. How often is a slow metabolism the real reason for being overweight?
  5. Why do some people seem to be able to eat whatever they want and not gain weight while the rest of us have to really be careful?
  6. Is metabolism different for men and women and does it change as we age?
  7. There are times when a person's metabolism doesn't work like it should. What are some of the more common metabolic disorders and what causes them?
  8. What are some of the signs and symptoms that might be the result of a metabolic disorder?
  9. What are the best steps to take to keep your metabolism as healthy as possible?
  10. How much of a calorie intake deficit should we run in order to effectively lose weight?

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