Your Metabolism Explained
- “Metabolism" is simply how your body converts or uses energy for daily living activities , such as breathing, digestion, building muscle, storing fat, and circulating blood. Regulated via the Thyroid, creating hormones influencing every aspect of how your body performs: how fast or slow one burns calories, when or whether you build proteins or store energy as fat, and how your body responds to other hormones.
- Metabolic rate is the rate at which one is burning calories while the body is at resting state. Quite simply different than your metabolism.
- Metabolic rate is strongly influenced by your body composition > People with more muscle and less fat = a faster metabolic rate and inversely while people with more fat and less muscle = a slower metabolic rate.
- Three major affects on Metabolism and metabolic rates come from 1) Genes – as you get those few people whom can remain slim no matter how much they eat or in some cases (although fewer in number - what they eat > although those whom “abuse” this benefit may look slim and Healthy on the outside but MUCH can be different on the inside) while many and most other's fight the weight loss and/or low energy levels battle daily. 2) one’s daily lifestyle and habits and hobbies and interests and practices > specifically diet and exercise 3) one’s age > metabolism definitely slows as one gets older > at approx 2% per decade starting in the 20’s.
- The biggest boost to one’s metabolic rate is a high-protein diet, quite simply as your body digests high-protein foods, ones metabolic rate increases.
- Exercise yes does assist in boosting one's metabolic rate as well one’s resting metabolic rate, helping one burn a bit more calories just sitting still. But in all reality, not as much as many would think and/or are led to believe > an increase in energy metabolic level yes but the biggest effect on weight loss from physical activity and exercise is on calorie burnt, as your body burns calories as well as building muscle.
- Caffeine can also increase one’s metabolic rate, 3-4% for a short period of time via an average coffee serving. As well thus burning some calorie but none near enough for weight loss other than in non / never recommended and non-safe / extremely dangerous high doses > as it is well known what a negative effect too much caffeine can also have on individuals, ‘dangerously so’. Thus, a minimal way to assist for those whom do like their coffee and/or tea’s but, advice again is in minimal.
- Spicy food as well can raise metabolic level for a short period of time, as well burning 'some calorie' but again, not close to enough to have any significant affect on weight loss.