The Story Behind Metabolism
Each year, tens of millions of people attempt to retake control over their health and the shape of their body; and each year, tens of millions of people feel that they’ve failed because, try as they might, they just can’t speed up their metabolism.
There’s Something Good About That Time Of The Month!
Now here’s a strange one that is for the ladies, only. Studies have demonstrated that the two-week period prior to the onset of PMS is one in which fat burning capacity is at a premium.
This is ironic indeed; because that’s usually the period in which women don’t want to workout; because their body and its emotional computer are preparing for PMS.
However, studies in Australia have shown that women were able to burn off as much as 30% more fat in the 2 weeks preceding PMS.
The reason for this, researchers argue, is because this is when the female body’s production of Oestrogen and Progesterone are at their highest.
Since these hormones tell the body to use fat as a source of energy, exercising during this time can really pay off. The body will be inclined to target fat cells for Catabolism.
Ah yes, diet. For most of us, our information concerning Metabolism has related in one way or another to eating. Most of us have been told of Metabolism-friendly foods, or Metabolism unfriendly foods.
Metabolism friendly and unfriendly foods!
But really, while we may be basically aware that, all else being equal, a stalk of celery is better for your Metabolism than fries with gravy, our understanding of diet and Metabolism is pretty low.
To fix this, the following section looks at some powerful and scientific diet-related tips that will boost your Metabolism. Indeed, as you’ll soon learn, it’s not merely what you eat that matters; it’s when, and how, too.
Don’t Hate Calories
The word Calorie has a bad rap. We constantly come across calorie reduced or low calorie foods. And it’s not uncommon to overhear someone gasp about the immense calorie content of certain foods, such as a rich and creamy desert, or a giant fast food burger.
All of this anti-calorie rhetoric therefore has made a lot of us pretty calorie phobic; as soon as we see something that has lots of calorie, we run away. But is this wise?
Yes and No.
Yes, it’s wise in the sense that avoiding that double layer chocolate-fudge cake for desert is probably a good idea (actually, scratch that; it is a good idea).
The calories that come from the cake are really going to be the so called empty calorie kind; which means that there’s no real nutritional value that your body can squeeze out and make use of. But in the bigger picture, it’s unwise for your Metabolism to become calorie-avoidant.
Why? Because your body is a marvelous machine that tries, at all times, to do what it can to make your life easier.
Indeed, while it may not always function at optimal levels (for a variety of reasons, including genetics), it still tries to do its very best. The body, for all of its limitations and so forth, is not a lazy thing!
With this in mind, the body is always trying to keep you alive and functioning in the manner that it deems to be healthiest.
And that’s why if you suddenly decrease the amount of calories that you need, your body won’t try to do more with less. In other words, your body won’t respond in the way that you want it to: it won’t necessarily provoke Catabolism and thus reduce weight and fat cells.
Instead, your smart and wise body will try to keep you alive by slowing down its Metabolism. It will simply believe that something is wrong, maybe you’re trapped somewhere without food, and it will just begin to become very stingy with energy.
So what’s the end result?
If your body needs 2,000 calories a day to survive, and you suddenly give it only 1,000, it won’t begin to burn off 1,000 calories worth of cells that you have lying around on your love handles.
Instead, your body will slow down its Metabolism. It will really try and get as much energy out of those 1,000 calories, because it doesn’t want to waste anything.
Physically, you’ll naturally feel more tired because your body is being very penny-pinching with energy, and will devote its 1,000 – calorie ration to essential systems, like blood and oxygen supply (and others).
Metabolically, you won’t be burning off extra calories. In fact, you can actually gain weight by dramatically reducing your calorie intake! The flipside of this, of course, is that you should consume a daily caloric intake that is proportionate to your body size, type, and weight-loss goals.
And then, once you determine the amount of calories that you need (probably with the aid of a qualified nutritionist or fitness expert); you can provide that to your body via healthy, efficient calories.
For example, if your body needs 1,500 calories per day, and one slice of double-fudge chocolate cake delivers a whopping 500 of those, then you can see that eating just one of these slices will take up a full third of your daily caloric needs; and that’s not good!
On the other hand, you can see that drinking a tasty fruit drink made with yogurt and nuts can deliver half as many calories, but provide you with essential nutrients, vitamins, and other elements that your body needs to healthily do its work.
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