Metabolism, as it is understood by most people, refers to the ability of the human body to turn food – the fuel for the body; into energy, so that the body can function efficiently.
In actual fact, science defines metabolism as the chemical transformations that occur to the cells of organisms so that they can continue to live. Of course, these transformations are instigated when food is digested.
Given the importance of correct weight maintenance to one’s health, metabolism is of vital importance. For the average person, their metabolism may be deemed a blessing or a curse. We all know someone who has a “fast” metabolism and is able to eat seemingly without restraint yet remain greyhound thin. Then there are others who claim to have a “slow” metabolism and only need look at food to gain weight.
The fact is that metabolism is genetic and we all have a different metabolism. Metabolism also does change over time. It slows as we age. However, there are proven ways to speed up our metabolism so as to help control weight gain.
1. Weight Training
Weight training builds muscle, and muscle is much more efficient at burning calories than fat. Even when sedentary we burn calories – and the more muscle, the more calories we burn. Similarly, following a workout, and for a period of approximately 24 hours following the workout, our bodies burn calories at a much better rate than if we didn’t exercise. And note, you need not pump iron like Schwarzenegger, for your metabolism to benefit from weight work.