How does metabolism work?

Metabolism is the chemical processes that occurs in the body.  It is the rate at which you burn calories in a non active state.  Metabolism is influenced by stress levels, muscle mass, eating behaviors, food choices and activity level.

Breakfast is critical to kick start your metabolism.  No, this doesn’t mean yoah should have a big bowl of cold cereal.  Protein is a better choice for energy production and to get into fat burning.  It is recommended that you eat within the first hour of waking.  When you do not eat for 12 hours, your metabolism goes down by about 40%.

Also, it takes more energy to maintain a lb of muscle vs a lb of fat.  So the more muscle mass you have, the greater your metabolism will be.  So more reson to exercise and do muscle strengthening activities regularly.

Avoid starvation mode. If your body thinks you are going to starve it, your metabolism will slow down to compensate.  The best way to avoid this is to have 6 small meals a day about every 2-3 hrs, each containing protein.

Stress also slows the metabolism.  So, getting much rest, exercising, meditating, praying, and whatever else helpsdye-stress you, is very beneficial.

As we age, our metabolism slows.  So it is important to stay active at all ages.  Women’s metabolism is naturally slower than men’s.  Genetics can play a part, but by taking action, we can overcome this too.

Some medications can slow metabolism.  So whenever possible, natural vitamins, etc are preferred over medication.  The solution to the metabolism problem is developing a low-glycemic lifestyle like was discussed in the previous blog post on carbs.

Most of this info was learned from Dr Colbert’s I Can Do It Diet book.


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