What Is Metabolism and How to Increase* It?

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What Is Metabolism?

Basically, metabolism in the simplest terms is the rate at which the body burns calories. In more complicated, scientific terms it is used to describe all the chemical reactions when it comes to maintaining the living state of the cells of an organism. There are two main categories of metabolism namely catabolism and anabolism. Catabolism is the breakdown of molecules for the purpose of obtaining energy. On the other hand, anabolism is the synthesis of all the compounds that are needed by cells.

What is Metabolic Rate?

Nutrition or everything you eat affects your metabolism or the rate at which the body burns calories. Metabolic rate simply refers to the number of calories a person burns every day. Determining an accurate metabolic rate is very difficult because of the many factors that affect the results which include physical activity, temperature, diet, sex and genetics. There are many online calculators and formulations that can help you come up with an accurate estimate. However, the basic equation is your weight in pounds multiplied by ten. This means that your metabolic rate is 1500 calories if your weight is 150 pounds.

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How Metabolism Affects a Person’s Weight?

There is a strong link between a person’s metabolism and his/her weight. Having a fast metabolism means that you will normally be burning more calories daily. This means that it will be easier to lose* weight and more difficult to gain weight. This is why some people stay at the same weight even though they consume an excessive amount of calories regularly.

In contrast, having a slow metabolism means you will normally be burning a lesser amount of calories daily. People who have a slow metabolism find it very difficult to lose* weight and can easily gain weight. This is why some people find it very difficult to achieve weight loss* and gain weight quickly.

Ways to Boost* Your Metabolism

Fortunately for people who have a slow metabolism, there are many effective ways to boost* the metabolism. The first way is by exercising. Cardiovascular exercise helps you burn a lot of calories quickly. Weight training is also beneficial when it comes to weight loss*. In fact, some studies found that a weight training workout can increase* a person’s metabolism up to two days after the workout. For fastest weight loss*, it is best to include cardiovascular exercise and weight training.

Weight Loss Supplements

Weight Loss Supplements

Another effective way to increase* the metabolism for weight loss* is by taking weight loss* pills. Of course, you have to make sure that the product you purchase is safe and effective. Look for clinically proven ingredients for increasing* the metabolism like green tea extract. Also, be very careful and check the ingredients of the product you’re planning to buy because there are some weight loss* supplements that contain harmful ingredients. To significantly boost* your metabolism for optimal weight loss*, you can combine the benefits of exercise with the use of the best weight loss* pills.

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Expert Author : Kathy Mitchell (Consumer Health Digest)

Kathy Mitchell is a journalist and web content specialist covering a range of health topics, from breaking health news and fitness to health issues and regulation of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and nutrition.