Metabolism - what you need to know

We keep talking about fast metabolisms, slow ones, and that we are supposed to make it faster, but what does metabolism mean?

The term metabolism refers to the chemical processes that occur within the body to maintain life. And it can translate to the amount of energy (calories) that your body uses in the processes to stay alive and for each activity you do.

Even when you are laying down doing “nothing” your body is working: makes your heart beat, digests food, regulates its temperature, maintains /repairs your muscles, etc. These processes require energy, the more energy your body requires to sustain itself the “faster” your metabolism is.

Each person’s metabolism is different in terms of speed and effectiveness. And that is why some things may work for your friend but not for you. Age, sex and genes can contribute to your metabolism, and you can’t change these factors, however lifestyle choices related to eating, physical activity and sleep play a significant role and you are in charge of these ones.

When we talk about making our metabolisms faster means to take action so our bodies can burn more calories (use more energy) every day.

Some facts about metabolism:

How fast your body burns calories depends on several things:

-Some people just inherit a speedy metabolism (like that friend that eats everything and never gains weight).

-Men tend to burn more calories than women, even while resting.

-For most people, metabolism slows down after age 40 (women could be earlier).

-Although you can't control your age, gender, or genetics, there are other ways to improve your metabolism, like exercising (strength training and HIIT are great for this), drinking water and staying active during the day.

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