When people looking to lose weight start researching their options and possible strategies, they always come upon the word “metabolism.” In fact, this word metabolism is so frequently used in weight loss plans, burning fat, programs and lifestyle modification systems that very few people stop and wonder what it truly means.
It is no surprise that a lot of people looking to drop weight end up failing to achieve their objective. They might be able to lose weight initially, but eventually, all the weight they lost start coming back.
In fact, if they are not careful, they end up weighing more at the end of their diet or weight loss program than when they began. Sounds frustrating, right?.
Well, unfortunately, this is all too common because people have a fairly fuzzy idea of metabolism. You have to understand that just because you keep coming across this term, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you understand it better with each exposure. In fact, I would argue that the more you come across this, the easier it is for you to get confused.
For too many people looking to lose weight, metabolism is just a blanket term for how their body, somehow, some way, deals with energy. Unfortunately, if you are looking to get rid of that ugly spare tire around your midsection or that extra cottage cheese packed around your hips, at the back of your thighs, or in your gut, you have to be more specific. More importantly, you have to understand how your body’s overall metabolic processes work so you can select the right weight loss strategy that has the highest chance of working in your own situation.
You have to understand that part of the reason why people continue to struggle with weight loss is that there is no such thing as a magic bullet solution. There really isn’t. What works for one person, with a particular set of circumstances and in a given setting, may not work for you. In fact, it may have the opposite effect. It may be too difficult for you. The same applies to you. Whatever works for you might not necessarily be as effective when applied to somebody else’s situation.⇒
One of the most effective ways to come up with a weight loss or gain program that works for you is to get a clear understanding of how a certain physical and chemical processes work and what your particular metabolic needs are. By being clueless regarding how this chemical processes work, it will probably take you a much longer time and a lot more effort to get the body that you’re looking for.
It is simply just a blanket term for energy consumption as well as energy storage. It’s easy to see how metabolism impacts your energy usage. Everything that you do, from digesting food, pumping blood all over your body, even blinking and breathing require calories.
Think of the human body as a calorie-burning “machine.” It requires calories to stay alive. Indeed, your body temperature is a product of your body burning up calories. If your internal temperature falls below an ideal range, you start to die. That’s how important calories are to your system. Similarly, if you don’t eat enough calories, your body starts to look for those “missing” calories, and this is where your metabolism typically kicks into gear.
It would first burn the amount of sugar in your blood. That only lasts for a few hours, then it would look at the sugar stored in your liver and, ultimately, it would start burning fat. Now, people on a diet get all excited about this part. This is the aspect of the metabolic process that they are most interested in. With everything else being equal and if you are in proper shape, your body starts burning your stored fat into energy. Again, if you do not eat enough calories and your calorie deficit is big enough, your body would start burning your stored fat into energy. Fat, as unsightly as it is, is actually just a form of energy. Human beings are not plants. We cannot store the sun’s energy in the form of starch or sugar. Instead, just like other animals, we store it in the form of fat. Your body suffers from a net negative calorie intake or a calorie deficit and starts burning that stored fat into energy. Your body starts needing to breathe, pump blood, process food, blink, have sex, stay warm, and so on and so forth. These activities need fuel.
Your body has no choice but to burn fat into energy. If things get desperate, your body then starts burning muscle after it has burned through your fat. Sounds good so far, right? Well, there’s a lot more going on with a chemical process that just simply breaking down stored fat. Again, this is the type of metabolic process we all get excited about. But this organic process actually impacts a wider range of body operations. If you want to have a clear understanding of how it works and what its limitations are, you need to get a big picture view of it.
In addition to burning fat into energy, your metabolism is behind the impacts how well you break down food into energy. Now, when you compare two people, it’s very easy to look at surface similarities.
It’s very easy to get taken in by how similar their backgrounds, their schedules and overall lifestyles may be on the surface. However, if you look at these two different individuals based on their internal biochemical processes, they might be as different from each other as day is from the night. What’s going on? Well, it may turn out that one person is able to break down food into energy in a very quick and efficient way.
Another person might take a long time breaking down food, and a lot of these excess calories may actually be stored in the form of fat. Now, we may not see it on the surface in the beginning because this stored fat takes place around their internal organs. Their metabolism might be working well enough that their body is able to convert a lot of these organ fat stores into energy in a fairly consistent rolling basis.
Now, what if these two individuals start getting older and started living more sedentary lifestyles? They’re no longer going to the gym regularly. Their overall internal body age starts to slow down.
Well, you’d be surprised as to how big the differences these seemingly invisible, internal metabolic variations may have on people. Once people get a little bit older, you can see, somebody can pack on the pounds really quickly. It seems like regardless of what they do, regardless of how hard they try, they just can’t help but get fat.
On the other hand, the person whose internal metabolic system is able to break down food effectively remains relatively slim and fit. Keep this in mind because this is a very important aspect of metabolism that people on a diet don’t consider enough. Your job in this particular situation is to optimize the rate at which your body breaks down food into energy. By the same token, you should also look to stepping up the rate at which your body cleans up your fat stores. Now, this is easier said than done because a large part of this requires lifestyle changes. There are really no two ways about it. You have to step up your daily levels of physical activity. You have to become a more active person. This is not just going to happen on autopilot because you want it to happen. Just because you have your eyes set on achieving some ideal physical form that everything automatically will fall into place. You have to put some effort into it. that is what metabolism is for.