The myth of metabolism

“You’re so lucky, you can eat whatever you want and not put weight on!” This is one of the many comments I receive about my weight and my ability to eat more than expected. Yes, I do have a fast metabolism. Yes, I can eat whatever I want and not worry too much about how it may affect my body. But I choose not to. Not because I’m weird or anything, but because I know that one day, my metabolism won’t be as fast as it used to be. I won’t be able to gulp down a loaf of bread in a day and wake up easily. I won’t be able to have a family-sized bag of Walker Sensations as a snack and proceed to have dinner later on without effect. And because I’m aware of this fact, I try to resist some of the unhealthy yumminess that I see on a daily basis. As I get older, my appreciation and respect for my metabolism has grown, which is why I intend to look after it.


You’re young and your body is still going through the process of development, so appreciate it and treat it right. Recognise that you have an advantage and enjoy it; however, don’t push your body’s limit. Instead, embrace this advantage and have a well-balanced diet. Which means no £1 chicken and chips every day after school. Maybe only twice a month. Look after your health earlier and it will become easier in your later years. Trust me.

And since we’re talking about appreciation, and in the spirit of Thanksgiving, appreciate what you do have in life. Often, many of us focus on what we don’t have and miss many opportunities because of that. So instead of comparing yourself to people, think about the great things you have in your life, whether it is your health or the people in your life. We all have something to appreciate and be thankful for.

I am thankful for my metabolism, anyone care to agree?