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Catabolism

Catabolism

Catabolism is a series of chemical reactions that break down complex molecules into smaller units and usually release energy. Catabolism provides the energy our bodies need for all its activities.

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It is a common belief that slim people have a higher metabolism and overweight people have a slower metabolism. But, this is rarely the case.

Overweight is in most cases a result of a lifestyle in which one group generally consumes more calories than they need. There isn’t muc...

It refers to the biochemical processes that occur within living organisms to maintain life. These processes allow us to grow, reproduce, repair damage, and respond to our environment.

When people use the word "metabolism" they are often referring to catabolism and anabolism. People's...

  • A larger body mass requires more calories.
  • For people of the same weight, the one with a higher muscle to fat ratio will have higher caloric needs.
  • The progress of age leads to reductions in muscle mass, testosterone/estrogen production, physical activit...

Anabolism is a succession of chemical reactions that build molecules from smaller components and usually require energy. Anabolism allows the body to grow new cells and maintain all the tissues.

It's a result of the amount of energy we release into our bodies (catabolism) minus the amount of energy our bodies use up (anabolism). The excess energy is stored either as fat or glycogen in the muscles and liver, with fat being the most caloric dense of the two.

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Eating food increases your metabolism for a while because extra calories are required to process your meal. This is called the thermic effect of food (TEF).

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Myth: Supplements can speed up your metabolism.

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Sleep And Weight Fluctuation

Sleeping less has been associated with increased risk of obesity, and addition of body fat, as it affects the overall metabolism of the body, and can also affect our appetite.

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