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Metabolism

While discussing nutrition, it is customary to discuss metabolism, otherwise the discussion would be incomplete and knowledge would be meager.
The term ‘metabolism’ is derived from the Greek language, which means change or transformation. Metabolism relates to various process performed within the body, which change food and other substances into energy and other metabolic byproducts that are used to maintain and sustain life. Metabolism is a necessary function, which permits our body to use food, and various other resources to maintain the working parts, repair wear and tear, fight disease and get rid of the body toxin. Or in other words, metabolism is the process without which the existence of living organisms would be impossible.
Metabolism is the amount of energy burnt by your body to maintain it and performing different bodily tasks. When you eat, drink, sleep, work, play, read, or do something your body constantly burns calories to keep you continue and to maintain and sustain your body.

Metabolism is mostly affected by the following factors:

  • Nutrition: the quality and amount of food eaten,
  • Hydration: the amount of water consumed,
  • Physical activity level,
  • Bone structure, body type, genetic make up and the body composition (the amount of muscle you have versus the amount of fat).

Muscle tissues require more calories to keep up it than fatty tissues. People who have more muscles or low percentage of body fat tend to have higher metabolism than those who are less muscular or who have higher percentage of body fat.
People who work more burn more calories and have a higher metabolism than those who work less.
Now that you must have developed an understanding of metabolism, what metabolism is, the easiest way to increase your metabolism should be quite necessary, which can be adjusted by increase muscle mass and being more active.
You can increase your muscle mass by good physical exercise, like weight lifting, push-ups, sit-ups, etc.
You can reduce the amount of fat in your body by performing aerobic exercise at least thrice in a week for more than 20 minutes. Aerobic exercise includes walking, jogging, biking, swimming, step aerobics, hi / low aerobics, etc. These exercise increase your heartbeats and enormous amount of body fat is burning out. The body system also keeps fat for burning during exercise in training zone or sometime also called target zone.
To keep your body fit and to keep up with the habits of these higher-level activities, you also need to eat. Do not eat randomly! Try and eat food lower in fat and sugar content. Check the labels on the food packets, when you buy to monitor the fat and sugar content in you diet.

 

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