Metabolism is the sum total of all chemical reactions involved in maintaining the living state of the human cell. It can be divided into two categories: catabolism or the break down of molecules to obtain energy; and anabolism or the synthesis of all compounds needed by the cells (examples are DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis). A more simplistic view would be that metabolism is the various processes in the body that convert food and other substances into energy. 70% of the calories your body burns are used for basic functions such as breathing and blood circulation. 20% is used for physical activities like walking, running participating in sports. 10% is used in the digestive process.

Are there ways to effect or change the burn rate? The answer is yes. One way is to increase physical activity which will increase your need for energy. You can do more yard work or take walks several times a week. You can dial it up even more by participating in more intense exercise such as lifting weights or doing cardio exercises. Remember that physical activity or exercise is only 20% of your total calorie burn so you may want to dial up your exercise intensity and dial down your calorie intake in order to see any real results. Make sure you are eating healthy foods high in protein and complex carbohydrates.

Weight training and resistance training are really good ways to heat up your metabolism. Muscle burns calories, fat doesn’t. The more lean muscle you have the more calories you will burn. Also, keep in mind that a pound of fat weights the same as a pound of muscle however a pound of fat has 3 times more volume. Track your progress by taking measurements in addition to weighing in.
 


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