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How Do I Kick Up My Metabolism?

How Do I Kick Up My Metabolism?

Metabolism is one of those biochemical processes your body uses to convert food into energy. This process includes breathing, eating, and digesting food. The use of energy by your muscles, nerves, and cells also includes the elimination of waste products from your body. Your body needs the right nutrients and food sources to help kick up metabolism and have fuel for the fire.

Definition of Metabolism

Usually people on a diet are not talking about a long list of physical and chemical processes. Often the word ‘metabolism’ is used to describe the rate at which bodies burn calories. This is the rate at which your body converts food into energy then uses the energy to perform essential and nonessential daily functions. The rate at which we burn calories or energy is called a metabolic rate. This may change day to day but the basal metabolic rate is the number of calories needed to fuel your body’s functions like breathing and blood circulation.

Why Metabolism Slows

Everyone’s metabolic rate is different. You might wonder why people seem to have a fast metabolism and slow metabolism. There may be several reasons:

  • Slows down with age
  • Men have higher metabolism than women usually
  • Bigger bodies burn more calories
  • Metabolism increases when the body is exposed to temperatures
  • Metabolism may increase with stimulants
  • If thyroid hormones are not produced properly, metabolism may increase or decrease
  • Women who are pregnant have a faster metabolism
  • Metabolism slows if you don’t eat enough
  • Lean muscle mass burns more calories
  • When you move around during the day, your activity level may burn more calories

Changing Metabolism

Metabolism is a funny thing in that it is quite fickle. There are many factors that decide how it responds. You cannot change your age or gender but you can do some quick things to boost it up if you are struggling with kicking it up a notch:

  • Exercise more efficiently
  • Move daily at least 30 minutes doing things like climbing stairs, gardening, and housework
  • Build muscle by strength training to build muscle and burn calories
  • Eat fewer calories and more clean eating like vegetables and lean protein sources like fish

Metabolism can go up and down slightly day to day. If you learn how to manage it and maintain a healthy metabolism on a regular basis, weight loss and weight management will be easier.

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