There are many ways to boost your metabolism. But first of all, what do we really mean by metabolism? In the simplest sense, metabolism is how the body orchestrates a series of chemical processes that enable you to grow, breathe, and regularly eradicate waste by-products from the inside out.
For example, digesting your food is a part of metabolism. However, it is just an intermediary portion. For the body needs the food in order to generate fuel and enable the minute cells in the body to get the daily sustenance for the conduct of processes like the proper distribution of oxygen.
So the long and the short of it is that without metabolism, no living organism can live. Metabolism can also be broken down into three key processes. The first is the conversion of food to energy. Second is the conversion of food into building blocks of protein, vital acids, and other biochemical internal structures vital to life. The last process is the simplest to understand and yet is a complicated process: the elimination of bodily wastes.
Having said all this, in a nutshell, your metabolism determines if you are alive or dead; if you are fast or slow; and, if you are healthy or sick. No one has exactly the same metabolism. For example, some people have a faster metabolism than others.
Such will explain why they are slim or fat; tall or short. Two key concepts to understand in regards to metabolism are catabolism and anabolism. In bodybuilding terms, the first process is the breaking down of mass, which results in a lean individual or someone who is unable to grow muscle. On the other hand, anabolism is the bulking effect such as when a thin adolescent grows into what is usually known as an alpha male or female.
How to boost your metabolism? There are many ways. Eating as much as possible 24 different nutrients in any given meal is of utmost importance. As you can see, boosting metabolism is the same as having a healthy diet. While there are vegetarians or vegans among us, in the final analysis, the body needs all food groups in order to thrive.
Vegetables, meats, milk products, eggs, carbohydrates, fats, vegetables, and fruits all have a part to play in our daily survival. A recent article on CNN mentioned a rather poignant fact about how most people have a flawed version of metabolism. The article argues that ultimately, it is not so important what humans are eating.
Far more important is what we are failing to eat. For example, we are warned to abstain from ingesting too much sugar, red meat, or even carbohydrates. However, the body still needs some of these things in order for metabolism to go on unhampered. For instance, the body naturally looks for carbohydrates before it can start to process the proteins or fats that you ingest.
And so in the name of a fully functioning metabolism, a balanced diet is passed. In fact, eating diverse or many different nutrients is the new balanced diet. For the bottom line is, the more diverse the nutrients that you take on a daily basis, the better off your metabolism will be.
Finally, antioxidants have a vital role to play in the third metabolism process that is often ignored–that of processing internal waste products. Fruits like apples, strawberries, blueberries and the like are vital to nutrition because these foods are essentially antioxidants. As such, they help eliminate the so-called free radicals or cells in the body that have become useless because they have lost their vital charge.
Cells are the smallest unit of metabolism. The average body contains some 37 million cells. These need to be charged in order to perform their daily functions. Aside from the free radicals, cancer cells or cells that keep multiplying are the mortal enemies of successful metabolism.
The Importance Of Calculating Your Calories
For many people, dieting is an uphill battle. For most people, the more they let themselves go, the harder it is to lose the weight. Today, there are plenty of fad diets. Some work, some don’t. While there are plenty of diets to choose from, you don’t know which ones will work best for you. There are some people who have found great success with the Atkins Diet or the keto diet, while others didn’t see any results at all. The same is true with the zone diet and the Paleo diet. If you are tired of dieting with no results, you should give up the fad diets altogether. The best way to diet is to count calories.
How Does Counting Calories Work?
Counting calories is very simple. Thanks to technology, it is easier than ever. There are plenty of calorie counting apps that you can download on your Smartphone. Most of these apps have thousands of foods in the database. You would simply scan the bar code from the food package, and it will automatically log the number of calories that you are consuming. When you first download the app, you will need to enter information such as your age, weight, sex, and height. The app will also ask how much weight you want to lose. It will use this information to determine your target amount of calories for the day.
What Are the Benefits Of Counting Calories?
There are a few reasons why counting calories are your best chance of losing those stubborn pounds.
- Your Body Is Counting Them So You Should Too
If you are a seasoned dieter, you know that basically, 3,500 calories equals a pound. If you consume more than 3,500 calories, you will gain a pound. If you burn off 3,500 calories, you will lose a pound. This is where counting calories can get tricky. When you total your calories for the day, you would need to subtract the number of calories that you burned off while working out. Fortunately, many of the calories counting apps count the calories burned for you as well.
- Estimating Your Calorie Count Is Difficult
Many people end up overeating because they think that what they are eating is healthy. Even healthy foods are loaded with calories. Counting every calorie that you take in will keep you from making mistakes.
- Makes Planning Easier
There is going to be a time where you will want to splurge a little. If you are planning to dine out with a group of friends, you might want to splurge. If you count your calories, you can keep your calorie count low during the day so that you have enough calories leftover so you can splurge at night. When you count your calories, you won’t need to worry about going overboard.
- Counting Your Calories Makes Monitoring Your Progress Easier
When you are dieting, weight loss plateaus are bound to happen. It is also known as adaptive thermogenesis. As you lose weight, you will start to burn fewer calories. There are a few reasons why this happens. First, now that you weigh less, you won’t need to use as much energy to move around. It also has to do with changes in your hormones when you start losing weight. When you hit a plateau, it can be challenging to stay motivated. Many people see that they are no longer losing weight, so they give up on their diet. If you are counting your calories and you plateau, you can decrease your target number of calories by 50 to 100 calories per day. This will help you get out of your plateau, and you should be able to start burning calories again.
- Dietary Freedom
Many people fail with fad diets because there isn’t much freedom. For example, if you are on the keto diet and you decide to eat out, your options are going to be limited. Sandwiches, burgers, and anything fried is all off limits. Depending on where you are eating, it can be impossible to find something that is keto-friendly. If you are on the cabbage soup diet, you can forget eating out altogether. When you count calories, there are no foods that are off limits. As long as you have budgeted your calories for your meal, you can eat almost anything that you like.
If you have tried dieting but continue to fail, you should try counting calories. It is one of the easiest ways to lose those unwanted pounds.