We often blame “slow metabolism” for lack of weight loss, but do we understand what metabolism is? This detailed article will clear up the myths and misconceptions about this misunderstood, much maligned body function.
Writer Julia Belluz spent a day in one of the world’s few metabolic chambers in order to understand her own metabolism and ask questions to the experts. What she found out will help you as you wade through the untruths and half truths of the diet industry.
There are only about 30 metabolic chambers in the world, and the NIH is home to three. These highly sensitive, multimillion-dollar scientific instruments are considered the gold standard for measuring metabolism. They’ve furthered our understanding of obesity, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes — diseases that are now among the greatest threats to health worldwide — by letting researchers carefully track how individual bodies respond to the calories they’re offered.