What is Metabolism?
From the viewpoint of diet and weight loss, metabolism is the process whereby the body converts food into energy (or uses it for bodily repairs) or stores it as fat for future use. In simple terms, if we have a faster metabolism we burn calories more efficiently and store less fat. If we have a slower metabolism we burn calories less efficiently and therefore store more calories as fat.
In very simple terms, our Metabolic Rate is the rate (and efficiency) with which our body performs these metabolic tasks.
Metabolic Needs and Calorie Usage
Our Basal Metabolic Rate (or Resting Metabolic Rate) is the number of calories we need to burn in order to fuel essential bodily processes and keep our organs and tissues in working order. Typically, this accounts for 60 per cent of all calories consumed. The heavier the person, the more calories he/she needs to fuel these essential processes.
All other calories are used to meet our additional energy needs based on our level of physical activity.
What Determines Our Metabolic Rate
Several things determine our metabolic rate, including:
Fat-burners, Pills & Supplements
Do pills or supplements help to speed up metabolism and weight loss? The answer is No. There are many so-called 'fat-burning' pills and supplements on offer, which claim to speed up metabolism and weight loss. Be warned! This method of raising your metabolism is not considered safe. Nor has it been proved to assist long term weight loss.
How to Raise Metabolism - 4 Practical Conclusions
1. Take regular exercise
2. Eat Breakfast and Eat Regularly
3. Eat a Balanced Diet
4. Avoid Pills
Metabolism - The Bottom Line
The only safe and effective way to raise your metabolism is to take more exercise. The harder you work, the faster your metabolic rate.
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