Every different person has a unique rate of metabolism. This is because no two people's bodies can metabolize food at the same rate. We each work through our calories at different speeds and with different results. Just like our fingerprints, our metabolism is a unique to each individual. However, as it's an issue we face on a day-to-day basis, it's something we need to accommodate and understand.
The dictionary definition of metabolism says that it is the sum of all biochemical processes involved in the sustaining of life. As we apply it to our health, metabolism is related to how our bodies use the food we consume. It is important for everyone to understand how metabolism works so that we may be able to someday utilize the foods we eat by choosing the most nutritious ones possible.
Some are born with naturally high metabolic rates. This means that when they consume food, their bodies are able to burn it up as energy almost as fast as it's eaten. Others, however, metabolize their foods at a slower rate, and the calories stick around for a bit longer. The lucky few who burn through their foods are usually trim and slim, while the ones whose rates are slower tend to be more overweight more often.
The good news for those people is that we can raise our metabolisms naturally by way of exercising and reducing our body weight as we lower our muscle mass. By adding muscle to our bodies, we are actually causing them to burn calories at a higher rate, which gives a big boost to our metabolism.
In terms of genetics, what can help us determine our rates of metabolism? By and large, our parents pass on their same metabolic rates, body functions, and even body frames.
Our own metabolic processes are directly related to our nutritional needs, vitamin requirements, calorie intake, endocrine and thyroid production, and how well these processes work together. People have been seeking ways to naturally raise our metabolic rates for years. It would certainly be a blessing for obese or simply overweight people if they could better control the burning of the calories they consume. If one could truly kick start their metabolism in this way, these people could reach their goals of improved and optimum health. Some foods out there do raise our metabolisms naturally, but not by a calculable amount. It would be more effective to directly alter each of our rates. It would be ideal to raise our metabolic rates to the point where we could see noticeable improvement.
The good news is that by understanding the role the foods we consume play in our total body weight, we can begin to control the amount of calories we need versus the ones we consume to excess.
How well we keep an eye on our nutritional choices also affects how well our metabolism functions. It's delicate to try and regulate the process of creating energy and burning calories, but it's one that's necessary to balance for our overall health. Sometimes we don't have much of a say in the natural imbalances that we have inherited from our parents.
I truly believe that by attending to each person's individual needs and careful analysis, we can bring to light a greater understanding of the necessary balance of calorie intake versus the natural burn of metabolism. When we have succeeded in bringing these two things together, we will finally reach a state where our bodies are the weight we want them to be and in perfect health.
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