Updated: Sep 2
What Is Metabolism?
You might hear people talk about metabolism when discussing health, weight, and nutrition. It can be low, high, slow, or fast, but what does it mean?
Metabolism is a series of processes that control how your body creates and uses energy.
Most people think metabolism is all about genetics, things that are passed down from your parents. They believe that some people are just born with a high metabolism, and they can eat whatever they want. But there are several things that you can control that affect your metabolism.
No matter what you’re doing, your body is always working and using energy. This energy comes from the food and drinks you consume. Your metabolism controls how much of that energy your body uses.
Metabolism is broken down into two processes: anabolism and catabolism.
Anabolism is the storing of energy, supporting new cells, and maintaining body tissues. Catabolism is the opposite, breaking down energy to move, heat, and energize your body.
Metabolism and Weight
It’s easy to blame problems with weight on metabolism. But maintaining your weight is a complex process that involves genetics, hormones, diet, lifestyle, sleep, physical activity, and stress.
A lack of activity combined with lower energy needs creates a slow metabolism. Then, if you give your body too much energy in the form of calories, that energy has nowhere to go and is stored as fat.
Your metabolism is working to maintain your weight.
You can’t change your routine for a few days and expect major changes. A balance of good habits will help your metabolism recognize a new ideal weight.
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