Understanding Metabolism

Metabolism Plays A role In Your Weight Loss Goal

A great understanding about how your body works is very helpful if you're considering trying out a weight loss program. In this section having an understanding about metabolism can aid you in your quest to lose weight. Metabolism is the rate at which your body burns calories, and the faster you burn calories the more fat you will lose.

Metabolism is the amount of energy, (calories), your body burns to maintain itself. Whether you are eating, drinking, sleeping, exercising etc... your body is constantly burning calories to keep you alive. This is a necessary function that allows your body to use food and other resources to maintain it's working parts, repair damage, heal injury and rid the body of toxins.

Metabolism aids your digestive system as well. It is most affected by nutrition, hydration and physical activity. When any one of these is lacking, the metabolic rate decreases. So weight loss and weight maintenance are directly related to a healthy metabolism.

While lowering your calorie and fat intake may be important, both can decrease your metabolism. It is essential to stimulate the metabolic rate through other means such as a physical activity like walking.

It is not a good idea to skip a meal or to reduce calories by an extreme amount, since decreased metabolism causes the body to burn fewer calories and less fat. It may cause your body to store excess fat in reserve.

Three Areas Of Metabolism

(1) You can burn up to about 60% of calories each day, while resting, this is the largest part of your total metabolism, and it's called basal or resting metabolism. Overnight, because your metabolism slows down, it is important not to skip breakfast in the morning.

(2) You can burn up to about 20% to 40% of calories by doing some form of physical activity, like housework, exercise, walking, sports...etc, and this is called activity metabolism. Understanding this area can increase your weight loss.

(3) And the other remaining 10% is where your body uses energy to digest and absorb your food, from which you get nutrients necessary for bodily functions, this called thermic metabolism. This can be increased depending on the composition of your food.

Examples Of How Your Metabolism Works

People who are more muscular and regularly exercise, use more calories, and have a lower percentage of body fat. They also have a higher metabolism than those who are less muscular.

Understanding these principles will give you the knowledge of what losing weight is all about. It will greatly aid you in your quest to strip that stubborn fat off for good.

So make Dieting and Exercising to Lose Weight a Lifestyle, enjoy it and make it a part of your life, long term.

[ Be sure to get a periodic medical checkup before committing yourself to any weight loss program. It is advised that you do not go to extremes with any diet program, as this may affect your health Jesse Evans ]

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