How Metabolism Works
Your body's metabolism is a complex series of chemical reactions that transform the foods (proteins, carbs, and fats) you put into your body into a source of energy. You would be surprised that genetics only accounts for 5% of your metabolic rate, and Only 20% of this total amount of energy your create is retained by your body around, and the rest is used to regulate body temperature. As it may have become obvious for many of us, when working out at the gym, the body generates supplementary heat, and we sweat to cool the system. That heat that our body gives away is a result of energy metabolism.
For a better understanding of energy metabolism, one needs first to grasp the role of ATP in our bodies. ATP the abbreviation for adenosine triphosphate represents a chemical compound with a major function in body energy generation. For example, during hard physical exercise we may reach a level at which we simply stop functioning in an optimum manner and this is where ATP comes into the picture. This chemical compound gets broken down under the action of other chemicals and turns into sheer body fuel, allowing functions to continue within optimal parameters. ATP is stored at cellular level and functions like money in our society as it helps the cell grapple with requirements of decent functioning.
So, energy metabolism is strongly connected to the cells’ ability to rebuild ATP after they have already broken it down into pieces and used as energy. In other terms ATP serves as food for cells and, naturally, once that food is consumed, they need new supplies. To put it in different words, cells need to rebuild themselves the molecules of ATP which they need to use not only at the beginning of intense physical activity but also throughout it.
The bodies energy metabolism represents the opposite of fat metabolism. Fat metabolism is responsible for obesity while energy metabolism for the system's vitality such as breathing, pumping blood, and repairing damaged tissues. If you want to slow your metabolism cut back on most types of physical exertion such as exercise.
Countries around the world have started focusing on how energy metabolism. Obesity is growing world wide, and it is affecting the health and welfare of us all. Healthcare costs are growing, burdening families and the government systems. That is why grants and loans go out to study and to understand how we as a species can stay healthier and more active. Research is conducted around the world to understand how energy is stored at cell level and later used. Healthier and healthier diets will appear, and people will learn how to increase metabolism and improve the energetic functions of their bodies.
The Decline Of Metabolism
Remember when you could eat anything and not gain weight? Reality starts to seep in around the age of 25, when your metabolism starts to decrease between 5% and 10% per decade. Yikes! A typical man or woman over their life time will lose between 20% and 40% of their metabolic power, but you can do a few things to keep your metabolic rate going strong…
How To Increase Your Metabolism
- Exercise- increasing your body’s need for energy to help speed up your metabolism. Have you heard of the “afterburn” effect? It states that after exercise or weight lifting your body will burn more calories for up to 24 hour, so it pays to get up and move!
- Get Your Shut Eye- The quality and quantity of your hours of sleep can alter your metabolism. Who knew that the rate of calories your body burns while sleeping can represents about 60% to 75% of your total daily calorie burning. I'm getting a little sleepy…how about you?
- Eat Smarter- eating stimulates your metabolism, so eating smaller more frequent meals can boot your metabolism. Skimping meal such as breakfast can trick your body into storing more fat as it is unsure when the next meal will be eaten. High fiber fruits, vegetable and grains can rev up your metabolic rate. These types of fiber are non-digestible making it harder for the your system to break them down. It churn away trying, using up energy, and revving up you metabolism in the process. Fruits& vegetables are also lower in calories, high in nutrients , which leads to natural weight loss with less effort. Pile on the veggies, and see the numbers on the scale go down…down…down!
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