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The Understanding of Metabolism

Updated on October 20, 2014

Metabolism

Metabolism: is the set of life-sustaining chemical transformations within the cells of living organisms. These enzyme-catalyzed reactions allow organisms to grow and reproduce, maintain their structures, and respond to their environments.


Weight Gain 101

Weight gain is most often the result of consuming more calories than you burn. The way to lose that weight is to burn more calories than you consume. Seems a pretty simple equation, however most times we do not know how to implement that equation within our own bodies neither do we acknowledge how imbalanced that scales are in our own systems.

What we need to understand is the process that our systems use to convert the material substance of the food we eat into the energy we need to burn. At times when the imbalance is too great we give our bodies too much material (food) and don't help it convert that substance into energy.

Metabolism...Energy Converter

Metabolism is the chemical process that takes place when your body converts what you consume into energy for your body to use. This is a fundamental process we as humans need to understand as this relates to why obesity and overweight issues arise in our day to day lives.

Factors that influence the way our bodies convert energy is Age: As you get older your metabolism can slow down. Illness: During an illness your metabolism may not burn as many calories. The types of food we eat: when our diets consist mostly of processed foods or unnaturally generated food items these become difficult for our body to digest and process, which causes these products to be stored up in our bodies as excess fat.

There are two ways to decrease calories and boost your metabolism, diet and exercise.

Balance

Eating the right foods is essential to shedding those pounds for good. There are many foods which serve as metabolism boosters that shred your body fat. When eaten on a regular basis as a part of a healthy lifestyle these foods effectively reprogram your body to consume calories more frequently and more often with greater rates of intensity.

Exercise is also paramount to kick starting your metabolism. Exercising burns calories. The longer and/or higher intensity you exercise the more calories you burn. Scientifically speaking, for every action there is a reaction. When you combine low calorie, high fiber foods, that are rich in nutrients and a daily exercise program you will shed body fat.

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