Most people who are finding ways to lose fats and weight are doing the wrong way. Whether you have a stomach flab, or fats in any parts of your body, you will never lose the fats unless you know how your body works.
And the first thing you can do to lose weight is to increase your metabolism. By understanding how metabolism work, you will be able to lose weight effectively.
Metabolism, in short, is the process behind breaking down the nutrients, proteins and fats, giving you all the energy that your body needs to maintain itself. In order to burn your fats, carbohydrates and proteins would need to be burnt first before your body would start to burn the fats.
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How To Increase Metabolism?
If you don’t know what will affect your metabolism rate, please scroll down below and read more in depth about metabolism. In essence, there are a number of factors that influence our metabolic rate. Factors like age, height or even genes could not be changed.
As such, we want to look at the important factors that that increase your metabolic rate.
- The state of your body – Is your body acidic or alkaline? Keeping our body’s pH at 7.35 is essential for your cellular metabolism to work at optimal level. When your body is acidic, it affects the state of your cells and in high acidic conditions, your cells would stop functioning and die. Click here to kick start a Metabolism Boosting Alkaline Diet.
- The activities you perform on a day-to-day basis – This include exercising which builds muscles. The more muscles you build, your metabolism rate would increase.
- The foods that enters into your body – what goes into your body determines the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that will affect your metabolism rate. Your digestion system determines how well your body absorb the foods and metabolize the energy as well. Read more from Metabolism Boosting Foods.
- Your emotional health – our emotions affects your general well-being. If you are constantly feeling stress and angry, it will affect your metabolism. By copying with your stress effectively, you will significantly boost your overall metabolism.
- Having more enzymes in your body could also improve your digestion as well as increase your metabolism rate (different enzymes in different roles).
If you look at these factors, there are basically 3 things that you would want to do to increase your metabolism and these are eating metabolism boosting foods (healthy and natural foods), exercising and building muscles, and staying emotionally happy.
The reason that most people want to increase metabolism is because they want to lose weight (In one of our polls, 82% of our visitors want to increase metabolism to lose weight). However, they are doing it the wrong unhealthy way because they are feeding on the wrong information.
For instance, one of the ways that many websites suggested is to increase the consumption of protein-rich meat. They claimed that “protein requires a complex chemical conversion by your body in order to be used as fuel and this would raise your metabolism”.
There may be some science to whether protein would increase metabolism. However, this will not help you lose weight.
In a famous research, ‘The China Study’, the results show that even though the Chinese was consuming 30% more average calorie intake per kilogram than the average American, their body weight was 20% lower – the Chinese was consuming less meat. The truth is high protein diet and fat transfers calories away from their conversions into body heat to their storage form as body fat.
You can drawn from this study is that if protein can increase your metabolism, it takes more than just metabolism to help you lose weight. You would need to know exactly what is a healthy diet and stay on the diet closely.
The question now lies in what determines your metabolism?
Your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is the rate at which your total amount of energy your body burns over time while your body is at rest. BMR is the most common measure to find out your metabolism rate. Another common measure is Resting Metabolic Rate(RMR). Unlike the BMR, the RMR is defined as the rate which your total amount of energy that your body burns over time while your body is not doing anything i.e. lying on bed, sitting around.
Use the calculator at the sidebar to find out what’s your BMR. —->
Let’s find out about how does your body work.
When foods are eaten and entered your body, enzymes are first released in our saliva to help to digest the foods. In order for your body to absorb the nutrients, vitamins, minerals, it would need to break down the foods into simpler compounds.
The enzymes play a very important role in breaking down the proteins, fats and carbohydrates into amino acids, fatty acids and glucose.
Once they are broken down, they are transported to the rest of the body, to be used by the cells as energy.
When these compounds are transported to the cells, the process of metabolism starts. Metabolism is a very complicated biological chemical process and to make it simpler, we used the definition above to help us understand it.
Let us discuss the formula for BMR.
For the above calculator, we are using this formula provided by the World Health Organization:
Male BMR = 66 + (Weight in kg x 13.7) + (5 x Height in cm) – (6.8 x Age)
Female BMR = 655 + (Weight in kg x 9.6) + (1.7 x Height in cm) – (4.7 x Age)
Take note: This formula does not take in other factors influencing your metabolism like environmental temperature, dieting, exercising habits, muscles and even genes.
But there is one interesting fact you might not see from this formula:
Let’s for example there are 2 guys – A & B (age 25, 170 cm tall).
If A weighs around 100 kg, and B weighs around 60 kg,
A would have a BMR of 2116
B would have a BMR of 1568.
In fact, the difference of the BMR is around 548 which is essentially 13.7 x 40 (the difference in weight). For each kg of weight difference, the BMR would increase by 13.7.
As you can see, it’s not a lot of difference. In fact, 1 milk chocolate of 250 g would most likely contain more than 1000 calories.
But if you take a closer look at the diet we usually eat, A usually eat so much much more than B and as a result it is not possible to have consumed less than 2116 calories.
What happen if A starts to follow B’s diet?
If B has been consuming exactly 1568 calories everyday, and A starts to follow his diet, A would be able to burn 548 calories of fats off his body everyday.
Hey, but that doesn’t mean that you should totally not eat at all to lose the fats. When you stop eating, you are slowing down your metabolism rate. Not only you will fail to lose weight in the long run, but you are also depriving your body of all healthy nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
Does this formula and example work in the reality?
As mentioned earlier, there are lots of factors that influence your metabolism rate. Continue with the example above, B could be a lean guy with some muscles. In another words, his metabolism rate could be even higher than A because more energy needs to be burned for his muscles.
And as a result, even if B eat more than A, his body still burns the calories he consumed into his body. In essence, your BMR is just a simple calculation of your body’s metabolism rate.
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