The metabolism always gets blamed when people gain, retain, or lose weight so we decided to make an article on this one.
The metabolism is a combination of physical and chemical processes called anabolism and catabolism. Anabolism is the constructive phase of metabolism in which body cells synthesize protoplasm for growth and repair. Catabolism is the destructive phase of metabolism in which complex substances are broken down in simpler compounds producing energy which is essential for the proper functioning of body cells. Together these processes distribute nutrients which are absorbed into the blood after digestion.
The metabolic rate is the amount of calories your body uses everyday. The basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the rate your body uses energy for vital body processes. There are many ways to alter the rate in which your body processes the food you eat.
Lemons are extraordinary in many ways one being the acidity helps to speed up our metabolism. Simply drink water with a fresh lemon squeezed in it. We suggest fresh lemons because lemons contain live enzymes that die after ten minutes, so the bottled lemon juice you buy in the store has nutritional value but not the most important one, enzymes.
Meals vs. Snacks
We have been taught to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This method is good, but an even better way to eat would be to include two or three healthy, low calorie snacks spaced out between meals.
Exercising is wonderful for many reasons, it allows the muscles to consume calories that would usually be used during the process of metabolism. Be sure to keep a regular work out routine, this can be a 30 minute walk or a 2 hour gym routine, just be sure it is 3-5 days a week.
Low Calorie Diet
Be sure to cut your calorie intake, but do it slowly and not to much. If you cut your calorie intake to much your body will basically go into starvation mode and when you do eat your body will store away the calories in preparation for another round of starvation even if you don't feel that your starving. This is why snacking is so important.
So how many calories should you consume? It all depends on the level of activity the individual has each day, but a good way to calculate it is to multiply your current weight by ll, this will most likely help you lose a pound or two a week.
If your five feet tall or less don't let your calorie intake dip below 1,200.