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Understanding Your Metabolism


Understanding your Metabolism

Most of us have heard people saying “I have a slow metabolism” or “they just have a fast metabolism” and we all nod our head in agreement.

But do we actually know what does it mean?

Mostly, people understand the term as “burning calories”. But metabolism is a complex biochemical process that takes place inside a living cell in order to sustain life.

A quick tip for metabolism

It includes how much energy is required to perform bodily functions such as breathing, circulating blood, digesting food, growth, repair, hormone secretion, repair, hormone secretion

You will be amazed to know that people usually burn a couple calories per minute. If you are sleeping you are burning calories. Similarly, sweeping the floor, cooking food, washing dishes, scrubbing the floor, etc. all these chores burn some amount of calories.

Your metabolism does not always stay same throughout your life. Metabolism is like engine of your body, when you eat, it either uses it for energy or store it as reserve, i.e., fat.

The higher the metabolism, the more calories you will burn and stay skinny.

The lower your metabolism, the more food converting into fat i.e., you will be plump.

According to study, it starts decreasing (for women) about 1-2% per decade after age 25.

So having the same routine, same food, same amount of exercise could mean gaining about 2 pounds per year after age 25 which won’t reflect much now but could be noticeable after 10-20 years.

So, let’s say you want to lose weight in a healthy way. You have to avoid having processed foods, maintaining portion size and keeping a log of what you are eating, but still not losing weight! What would you do?

Try using tips below which may help you reviving your metabolism:

  • Don’t underestimate water- Stay hydrated

  • Do what makes you happy- reduce your stress levels.

  • Pep up your food- eat healthy food- fill your fridge and kitchen with whole grain and plant based foods and healthy snacks.

  • Stay rested.

  • Workout and physical activity.

  • Eat small, frequent meals.