Losing Weight and Your Rate of Metabolism – How are they Connected?
Fast metabolism is usually associated with being slim and therefore health and good looks. However, there is a lot more to your metabolism than just fast or slow, and how it functions has a great effect on the overall health of your body. People think those who have fast metabolism can afford to binge on food regularly, as it gets burnt up fast. But this is not always true, having a healthy metabolism is always more important than having a fast one. Here are the answers to some of the questions you might have about metabolism.
What is it and what does it do?
The energy (measured in calories) that a person‟s body can burn is called his or her metabolism. This is the general use of the term. Medically however, metabolism is actually the sum of all anabolic and catabolic processes in your body: i.e. the processes which build up cells, and those processes which break down cells. Therefore, your metabolism is more important than just a fat regulating mechanism, it determines your overall health too. It controls your biochemical processes so that your body can function effectively.
What are these processes?
Structural biochemical processes – These include build-up and breakdown of bones, cells, membranes, glands, hair, skin, nails, connective tissues, your organs and teeth.
Functional biochemical processes – These include the formation of antibodies, hormones, enzymes, neurotransmitters and cell mediators.
Energy biochemical processes – These include biochemical products like glycogen, sugar, ketones and triglycerides.
What is a good or a bad metabolism?
Every function of your body is controlled by these biochemical process: walking, sleeping, eating, drinking, reading, watching TV, swimming and so on. These processes require calories to be used which you consume by eating. The nutrition you provide your body therefore determines how your body does all these functions. A good metabolism means your body uses the nutrition you consume effectively. A bad metabolism uses up the calories and nutritive value of your food before you can replenish it.
Your weight does not have a direct relation with how efficient your metabolism is. You may be thin and have poor metabolism or be fat and have excellent metabolic efficiency.
Why does metabolism become slow?
If you have food that has less calories, less nutrition, or processed food, inadequate amounts of protein, essential fats, excessive carbohydrates, or suffer from stress and anxiety, dehydration, or have toxins in your body, parasites, or have too much of drugs, alcohol or medicines – you could have slow metabolism. Basically a lack of balanced diet and an improper lifestyle has a direct fallout on your metabolism and make it sluggish.
People who opt for crash diets often forget to take heed of their metabolism, and the sudden changes in food intake make their metabolic processes slow and inefficient. Lack of energy forces your body to start breaking down proteins for energy, which stops them from building your body, which is their primary function.
What do I need to take in then?
Calories can be distinguished into different kinds. Proteins need to be taken in for effective metabolism. Essential fats and carbohydrates are important too. If your metabolism needs repairing, you will have to be patient and give it time, making sure you have a balanced intake of all nutrients the whole while. This process may lead to some weight gain as your inner mechanisms get rebuilt. This is temporary however and you can reduce weight again with your exercise regime.
So what should I not do to take care of my body?
Doctors have found that doing fad diets, crash course weight loss programs, skipping meals, eating too many carbohydrates, less protein, avoiding fat completely and more can all lead to poor metabolism and weaken your body.
What if I‟ve already wrecked my metabolism?
If you have already ruined the state of your metabolism, you will need to follow these steps diligently and hope you can repair it in time again.
Unnecessary medication and drugs should be done away with immediately. Your toxin levels should reduce by 50% rightaway.
Figure out sources of tension and stress in your life and get rid of them!
Commercial toxins that you may take in have to be avoided also.
Use the liver cleansing, colon cleansing or Candidia cleansing
processes to flush out your system completely.
Exercise in a planned,regular manner.
Have lots and lots of water! This can not be emphasized enough.
Have many meals: but make sure they are all wholesome.
More organic, natural food and less processed, packaged food.
And what happens when my metabolism is getting repaired?
While your metabolic system is healing, your body might experience changes since it such an important part of your system. Rebuilding it might lead to weight gain, as already mentioned. Don‟t fret however because this can be burned off later.
Raising your muscle mass, exercising regularly, eating well, and having high hydration are all factors that will lead to an efficient and properly working metabolism again.
Give it time and patience. Healing must be slow to be effective.