What exactly is Metabolism?

We often hear about successful weight loss and maintaining weight loss linked to the word “metabolism” But what exactly is your metabolism? And how does it affect your ability to lose weight fast? What role does it play in your approach to choosing the best weight-loss diet to start with and what is its value to you? The word “metabolism” is derived from the Greek to mean “change” or “transformation”.In biological terms this word is applied to the body function pertaining to the “amount of energy or calories your body consumes to maintain vital body functions”. Whether awake or sleeping, active or sitting down your body is constantly burning calories for energy. It is the essential fuel that your body needs to function healthily; much like a motor car needs petrol to run. The metabolism is essentially the manager and regulator of the body’s fuel.Interestingly enough, your actual metabolism is affected by your specific body’s composition, in other words, the ratio between the amounts of muscle compared to the amounts of fat in your body. This is an important comparison because muscle tissue requires more energy (fuel) to maintain it self then fat does. Logically therefore, people who have a higher percentage of muscle on their bodies compared to fat will have a higher metabolic rate then those who carry more fat on their frame then muscle. So why would this fact matter to you? When considering the case of two people of the same weight and height, and let’s say for example, one person exercises regularly with weights and does aerobic classes as well and has a low percentage of body fat and the other person, never exercises and carries more fat then muscle on her frame. It stands to reason then that the first person will have a higher metabolic rate then the second one and consequently the person who exercises and has more muscle will find it a great deal easier to maintain her shape and not pad out the figure with too much fat. The second person on the other hand will find that it will be much easier to gain weight and fat will be stored on the body more quickly.So ask yourself this very important question: Which of the two people would you much rather be? And you are probably wondering what you can to do boost your metabolic rate? Great question! The experts advise that before you start any form of diet to lose weight fast you should begin a programme of exercise. Bear in mind, if you haven’t exercised for a long time you will really need to check with your general practitioner or physician to make sure you can handle it. To begin with, it is recommended that you start with what is called “resistance exercise”
Start a gentle exercise programme by lifting weights, using weight machines or using rubber bands or exercise tubes and remember to add in some cardio work to build your fitness levels at the same time. You may want to consider a bit of aerobic exercise such as walking or jogging, using a treadmill, step machine, bicycle or swimming at least 3 times per week for no longer then 20 minutes, which is average for most people. Your aim is to get your heart rate up and move it into your target zone and keep it there for a set period of time (remember you will need to ask your doctor or a personal fitness coach for the relevant information specific to you).

Once you have started with some moderate exercise, you must then think about eating the right foods in the right amounts, but remember to consume foods lower in fats at this stage,whilst still eating some of the healthy fats such as olive oil and oily fish such as sardines.Always check the food labels to gauge the amount of fats in your chosen diet.