Regrettably, many people simply don’t understand the concept of metabolism and metabolic change. This is hardly their fault. There is so much information floating around out there, much of it over the ‘net’ or through a “friend of a friend who has a personal trainer”, that there’s bound to be some confusion and conflicting messages. Furthermore, many people mistake their own weight gain and loss episodes as a matter of metabolic change. Sometimes this is true, and sometimes it isn’t.
For example, there are scientific ways to increase the rate of metabolic change, and so enable the body to burn more calories. Eating certain foods more frequently is one way to do this. Yet another way to visibly lose weight – at least on a perceived, temporary level – is to sit in a steam room for a few hours. Whereas the former method (eating the right foods) is a real, proven weight loss method through increased metabolic change, the latter method (the steam room) is just temporary because the lost weight is merely water, and will return as swiftly as it “melted away”. The point to remember here is that some people mistake their own weight loss attempts as being related to metabolic change; and, as you can see with the steam room example, that isn’t always the case.
What the Big Companies Don’t Want You to Know.
Another big reason that people don’t have clear, consistent information on this topic is because, unfortunately, there are a lot of food and supplement companies on the market who don’t want you to know fact from fiction. They want you to believe that constantly buying “low fat” foods is going to somehow speed up your metabolism.
And yes, some low fat foods can play a role in an overall eating program that is designed to speed up metabolism, merely eating foods that come from packaging that screams “LOW FAT!” won’t do anything. In fact believe it or not, many people actually gain weight when they eat too many “low fat” products. Many of these products are laden with calories from carbohydrates or proteins (which are still calories and still must be burned off or they turn into body fat).
As you can see, and probably feel from years of trying to unravel this whole metabolic mystery, this is a confusing, stressful, potentially depressing situation. Each year tens of millions of people attempt to retake control over their health and the shape of their body; and each year tens of millions of people feel that they’ve “failed” because, try as they might, they just can’t speed up their metabolism.
The failure is with the medical and nutritional sector as a whole, which has simply not provided people with the information that they need to know in order to speed up their metabolism. Given the size of the nutritional field and the fact that so much of it is influenced by money-making enterprises (not all of the field of course, but enough of it to make a difference).
So what is Metabolism?
Some people think that the metabolism is an organ, or a body part that influences digestion. Actually, the metabolism isn’t any particular body part. It’s the process by which the body converts food into energy. Hence, you’ve likely heard of the phrase “metabolic process” used together with the term “metabolism”, because they both mean the same thing. This isn’t a complicated medical term, so I’m not going to spend an unnecessary amount of time focusing on the layered complexity of the human body and its extraordinary intelligence.
Metabolism, quite simply, is the process of transforming food into energy. The body uses this energy to conduct a vast array of essential functions. In fact, your ability to do something so simple and natural as to listen – literally – is driven by your metabolism.
If you had no metabolism – that is, if you had no metabolic process converting food into energy – then you wouldn’t be able to move. In fact, long before you realized that you couldn’t move a finger or lift your foot, your internal processes would have stopped; because the basic building blocks of life – circulating blood, transforming oxygen into carbon dioxide, expelling potentially lethal wastes through the kidneys and so on – all depend on metabolism.
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