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20 Metabolism Q & A’s

Posted Apr 27 2009 11:26pm

1384600927 1. What is metabolism?

Metabolism can simply be defined as how your body produces energy and utilizes it for daily functions.

2. Are people really born with fast and slow metabolisms? Or is that just a myth?

Don’t buy into any of that junk, that you were born with a slow or metabolism. If your metabolism is slow it could mean that you need to increase your lean muscle and stop eating poorly.

3. What are some of the most common misconceptions about metabolism?

Some common misconceptions on metabolism are:

  • I’m fat because I have a slow metabolism.
  • I can eat anything I want because my metabolism is fast.
  • It’s harder for me to lose weight because my metabolism is slow.
  • I have a fast metabolism so I can never gain weight.

4. Why would you want to speed up the metabolism? What are the benefits?

  • Your body will burn more fat.
  • You will have an increase in lean muscle mass.
  • Your body will burn more calories at rest.

5. What is the connection between energy and metabolism?

When talking about energy and the human body, we associate energy with calories. By eating different foods you provide your body with calories (energy). Your body uses the energy to perform daily physiological functions like breathing, digesting, and regulating your body temperature. The rate at which you metabolize the calories is called your metabolic rate. If you have a fast metabolic rate then you need to provide your body with more energy (calories) to sustain it’s physiological functions.

6. How would you know your were successful in boosting your metabolism?

Your metabolic rate is directly related to your fat free body mass. If you increase your lean body mass your metabolism will increase. In order to figure out if you’ve increased your lean muscle you would have to do a simple body fat test to see the comparison of lean body mass to fat mass within your body.

You can also get a test done in which a machine plots out your information and lets you know what your RMR is.

7. How do you speed up your metabolism, practically speaking?

Practically speaking in order to increase your metabolic rate what u need to do is increase your activity and lean muscle mass. The more lean muscle you have in your body the more calories you will expend and the higher your metabolism will be.

8. Do certain types of foods naturally speed up metabolism?

There is evidence that supports spicy foods, such as chili peppers and curry, could boost your metabolism. Basically, anything that increases your body temperature will increase your metabolism for a short period time. Don’t be surprised if you don’t see any results just form eating spicy foods.

9. Do organic foods play a role?

Calories are calories no matter where you get it from, be it organic or not. Your body will utilize the energy either way to perform its daily functions.

10. What role does cardiovascular exercise play in boosting your metabolism?

If you want to increase your metabolism with cardiovascular activity then high intensity interval training might be your best bet. By engaging in short bursts of sprints you will increase you heart rate significantly and burn the most calories. However the effects wont last long and your metabolism will most likely go back to its resting level after several hours.

11. What role does weight training play in boosting up your metabolism?

Many experts agree that resistance training is the most effective way to increase your metabolism. Each pound of muscle can increase your resting metabolic rate up to 15 calories a day.

12. Do vitamins play a role?

Vitamins and minerals do play a role in your metabolism. More specifically when you body is in need of a minerals or vitamins. For example if a person is anemic their body will metabolize and absorb more iron than someone with normal levels of iron.

13. Are there different metabolism strategies for men and women, or is it all the same approach?

The principles of speeding up your metabolism are the same for both genders. Increase lean muscle, lean muscle burns calories, burning calories increases your metabolism.

14. Are there any dangers to speeding up your metabolism?

Many products are sold that increase your metabolism, but there’s no proof that they work. And if they did, I’m pretty sure your doctor would prescribe them to you. But for now the safest way to increase your metabolism is through healthy eating and exercise.

15. What about downsides, not dangers, but potential downsides or inconveniences, like having to eat more often perhaps?

It will take a bit of time, effort, and discipline to increase and maintain your metabolism. You will have to make time to make and pack more smaller meals, and you will have to schedule time to consistently get your workouts in. But the pros outweighs the cons drastically.

16. What are the biggest challenges to speeding up your metabolism?

The biggest challenge would have to be learning how to lift weights properly so that you don’t get injured. Many people read articles on how to speed up their metabolism and see over and over again that resistance training will help speed up their metabolism, but they don’t know where to begin or how to lift weight properly.

17. What are the biggest mistakes people make in the quest to boost their metabolism?

One of the biggest mistakes people make is skipping meals. They think if they skip a meal they will decrease the amount of calories they put into their bodies and lose weight that way. This is totally wrong; because once you skip meals your body goes into starvation mode and takes energy from your lean muscle. Lean muscle burns fat so if your body is getting energy from your muscles your metabolism will eventually slow down because your decreasing your lean muscle.

18. Does it take a while of doing these things for the metabolism to speed up? Do you have to do it for X number of days or weeks before it works?

Its not easy for anyone to know how long it will take them to see an increase in their metabolism. Many factors have to be accounted for including age, height, gender, and exercise intensity. You obviously don’t have control over some of those factors but you can adjust the ones you can control (exercise and healthy eating).

19. What types of foods, activities or measures slow down your metabolism?

You should try and stay away from sugars, alcohol, processed foods, white bread, and fried foods. These foods will provide your body with little nutrients and are easily digested, meaning your body doesn’t have to work as hard and will burn fewer calories.

20. Do you have to check with a doctor before doing these things?

If you plan on making lifestyle changes, that affect your eating and activity level you should always get clearance from your doctor.


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