All About: Metabolism

Person eating a salad that metabolism will convert into energy.

Take a look at most fitness ads, meal plan posts, and workout tips and you’ll see the word ‘Metabolism’ mentioned in all of them.

‘Foods to boost your metabolism!’

‘Workouts to increase your metabolism!’

‘The most effective fat-burning foods for increased metabolism!’

But what exactly IS metabolism and why is it such a trigger word?

Metabolism is the process by which our bodies convert food into energy. It regulates our weight, controls our mood, and ensures our bodies function properly. This is done through a complex process that involves chemical reactions, enzymes, and hormones.

When we eat, our bodies break down food into its component parts, such as carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. These components are then converted into energy that our bodies can use to power everything from basic cellular functions to physical activity.

Chronically dieting can damage our metabolism in many ways. When we restrict our calorie intake for extended periods of time, our bodies enter into “starvation mode.” In this state, our bodies slow down their metabolic processes to conserve energy. This can lead to a number of negative effects, including a slower weight loss rate, decreased energy levels, and an increased risk of nutrient deficiencies. Additionally, chronic dieting can also lead to loss of lean muscle mass, which can further slow down our metabolism.

Okay, so how do you avoid damaging your metabolism?

The easiest way is to maintain a healthy and balanced diet that provides our bodies with the nutrients and energy they need. This means eating enough calories to support our daily activities, consuming a variety of nutrient-dense foods, and avoiding extreme diets or weight loss programs that promise rapid results.

The damage caused by extreme dieting or long periods of choice dieting can be detrimental to our overall health and well-being. It can take months, if not years to reverse those effects. Fuel your body with real food. Keep cutting periods short and below maintenance calories. Work out hard and allow your body to heal at periods of maintenance calories and above. This is how you will hit your goals and also achieve longevity – the benefit of both worlds.