What is Metabolism?
Trying to lose weight? If you haven’t already, you’ll soon begin to hear a lot about your body’s metabolism.
Here’s an explanation of what exactly that means.
Think of your metabolism as your internal powerhouse.
It’s the thing that takes the food you eat and the nutrients your body has stored and turns all of it into energy for your cells to use.
Many people don’t realize it, but your metabolism is actually doing this all the time.
Even if you haven’t eaten all day, your metabolism is currently working.
It’s producing energy for your cells so that they can repair and rebuild, it’s producing energy to keep you breathing, to keep your heart beating, and just to support your other constant bodily functions that are happening around the clock without a second thought.
It’s also working on a secondary level, to support the physical movements (both intentional and inconsequential) that you do throughout the day.
Things like typing on your laptop or even running through the park will require that second level of your metabolism to be activated, meaning the more you move, the harder your metabolism is working to keep up.
The third level is your digestive metabolism.
This is how your food is turned into energy.
When you eat something, your metabolism has to work harder still in order to convert it into things your body can use and then direct anything that can’t be used out of your body through sweat or other bodily fluids.
As you can see, your metabolism has a lot to handle.
The main thing to understand about it, of course, is that it’s not just getting its energy from the food you’re eating.
In fact, when you aren’t eating, your metabolism is doing its best work because it’s being forced to reach into your body’s stored reserves, like your fat cells, in order to get energy to fuel your day.
The issue isn’t what your metabolism does or doesn’t do.
The problem for people trying to lose weight is that our metabolisms are often slow and could use some speeding up.
That’s when your routine, exercise levels, and diet will come into play as you try to burn as many calories as possible.
If you’re able to earn yourself a faster metabolism, you’ll be burning more calories even while you sleep.
How to Boost Your Metabolism
Looking to rev up your metabolism? With a faster metabolism, you’ll burn more calories even when you aren’t doing anything at all.
But, speeding it up can be a challenge.
Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as popping the latest supplement or eating a new superfood.
Rather, speeding up your metabolism will take repairing any damage that you may have done to it through the years with yo-yo dieting or extreme calorie deficits.
You’ll also want to change up your routine in order to get it moving faster.
The main thing is to begin eating at a health deficit.
f you are trying to lose weight, don’t starve yourself–it will only slow your metabolism down.
Instead, you need to work on eating at a small deficit that enables you to lose 2 pounds a week or less.
That means a deficit of less than 500 calories a day. Preferably, you’ll eat at a 250-calorie deficit (or less) and then burn an additional 250 through exercise.
That exercise part is important.
While your health is 80% diet and 20% exercise, you do need to get moving if you want to encourage your metabolism to do the same.
A daily workout, whether it’s a walk through the park or a hard cardio session at the gym, will be paramount to increasing your endurance, promoting heart health, and getting you in better shape overall.
Finally, once you have sorted out your diet and exercise, the next step is to go back to your diet and take a closer look at not just how much you’re eating, but also what you are getting your calories from.
Try to ditch the processed foods that kill your energy and make you sluggish. Instead, seek out nourishing foods that are filling and naturally colorful.
Celery, grapefruit, avocado, and more have all been known to help speed up your body’s metabolism.
They are also known as “negative calorie” foods because they are thought to take more calories to digest than they actually contain.
Plus, with all of their vitamins and other health benefits, it’s certainly worth adding them to your daily intake.