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The Guide to Metabolism

The Guide to Metabolism

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Summary

In a perfect world we’d never overeat and our body would maintain a perfect weight throughout our life.

We tend to think of metabolism as some kind of ‘place’ inside us which can then be dialed up or dialed down like a thermostat.

Erroneous thinking:

  • foods like chilly peppers and green tea will increase metabolism
  • alcohol or fruit juice will slow down metabolsm

Metabolism or our basal or resting metabolic rate, is a chemical process that is itself made up of two different processes.

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Process of metabolism

Process of metabolism

Anabolism. it is a process of synthesis.

  • The body’s cells use the process of anabolism to create complex molecules from simple ones. 
  • Anabolism takes a lot of energy to happen. That energy is supplied by its other half called Catabolism. 

Catabolism. it is the break down of large complex molecules in the body. 

  • Glycolysis. the process via which the body breaks down glucose and generates energy, and the hydrolysis of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which powers the muscles are two perfect examples of catabolism.

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Myth #1: Some foods have been shown to increase our metabolic rate.

Myth #1: Some foods have been shown to increase our metabolic rate.

Spices and chilli, as well as coffee, will temporarily boost our metabolism for a short period of time, almost insignificantly.

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Myth #2: With age our metabolic rate slows down which is why we put on weight.

Myth #2: With age our metabolic rate slows down which is why we put on weight.

A recently published study used data from 6,500 people from 29 different countries.

It found evidence that shows that the base metabolic rate of an infant shoots to almost double that of an adult shortly after birth but then begins to steadily decline until about the age of 20.

Then from age 20 – 60 it remains the same and then it slowly begins to decline again after the age of 60 reaching a 20% reduction by age 95. 

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Myth #3: Skinny people have a higher metabolic rate which is why they don’t put weight on.

Myth #3: Skinny people have a higher metabolic rate which is why they don’t put weight on.

There are many genetic and lifestyle factors that affect how excess weight is added to the body. What we do know now, however, is that skinny people burn the same amount of energy per pound of weight as people who are overweight. So the difference in weight has to be attributed to other factors.

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Metabolism and Weight Loss

"Weight loss is not linked to metabolism"

Some studies that reached this conclusion:

  • 2017. Increases in Physical Activity Result in Diminishing Increments in Daily Energy Expenditure in Mice
  • 2021. Exploring the evidence for epigenetic regulation of environmental influences on child health across generations.
  • 2022. Energy compensation and metabolic adaptation: “The Biggest Loser”

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How Do We Stay Trim?

How Do We Stay Trim?

To stay trim the best tactic is to avoid putting extra weight on in the first instance. If, however, we do have some extra weight then losing it has to be a slow, methodical process that incorporates exercise and an increase in daily physical activity.

  • Things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, increase the body’s caloric burn significantly. 
  • When combined with a sustained and sustainable exercise program, They become the tried-and-true strategy for preserving our ideal weight.

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Understanding how our bodies work is critical, and this brief guide explains metabolism in detail.

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