in Your Diet
is the process whereby the body converts the food we eat into energy
we can use just like an operating system on a computer that converts
words into binary language.
is expended at once or used for bodily repairs or stored for future
use. In other words, persons having a faster metabolism burn calories
much more efficiently, thereby storing less fat. But those having a
slower metabolism burn calories at a lesser degree, and therefore store
more calories as fat.
to researchers, overweight people who have no other health risk factors
(such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure) should concentrate
on eating healthy and exercising regularly to avoid gaining weight.
Rate (or Resting Metabolic Rate) is the number of calories that we need
to burn to keep our systems functioning properly. The heftier the person,
the more calories he/she requires to fuel essential processes within
our bodies. The excess calories are used to meet our additional energy
needs based on our level of physical activity.
of one’s Metabolic Rate
Age, Muscle-to-Fat Ratio etc., are some of the important things that
determine one’s metabolic rate. Some people have a naturally faster
metabolism. It is just genes at work.
about a decrease in our calorific need. On an average it drops 2 per
cent each decade.
cells in one’s body are about 8 times more metabolic than the
fat cells. Hence, the greater the proportion of muscle is to fat, the
faster our metabolic rate.
is a very important factor. Regular exercise helps burn calories. The
difference is, even after we stop exercising, its effect continues.
This helps burn calories at a faster rate for several hours afterwards.
rate increases during our digestion of food. In short, if we stay too
long without food, our body thinks there is a food shortage and this
tends to bring about a slow-down in our metabolism.
being governed by thousands of separate chemical reactions; and in order
to perform this process efficiently, a constant supply of nutrients
is very much essential. Without these nutrients metabolism becomes inefficient.
Thus the best way to ensure good dietary nutrition is to follow a balanced
diet with healthy food.
think supplements prove helpful in speeding up metabolism and weight
loss? The answer is a BIG NO! Supplements have little to offer. This
method of raising your metabolism is not considered safe, nor has it
been proved to assist long-term weight loss.
getting that metabolism high
aerobic exercise makes you breathe more heavily, thus raising the
metabolism level. Exercises that help build up muscles are also useful.
to benefit from the effect of food and ensure that your body burns
calories willingly, have a good breakfast and also eat regularly throughout
diet helps to maintain a good supply of nutrients that in turn keeps
your metabolism working smoothly.
Say no to Supplements
the sake of your health and weight, avoid all supplements that claim
to offer fat burning benefits.
How to deal with it
means being overweight. If someone is obese, it means they are seriously
overweight due to too much body fat. The exact level of obesity can
be determined by referring to the Body Mass Index (BMI). A score of
30+ on the BMI indicates obesity.
of 40 indicates severe obesity. Obesity is often associated with higher
rates of certain types of cancer. Several serious medical conditions,
including diabetes, heart disease, high blood cholesterol, high blood
pressure, and stroke has been linked to Obesity.
have shown that cancers of the gallbladder, breast, uterus, cervix and
ovaries occur more in obese women than in non-obese women.
a Regular Check on your Weight
want to lose weight permanently, your diet program should be directed
toward a slow, steady weight loss, no matter how much excess weight
or fat you have. According to guidelines set by the official government
dietary, unless your doctor feels your health condition would benefit
from more rapid weight loss, you should expect to lose no more than
2 pounds of fat a week. Loss of more weight is never a guarantee that
weight loss is likely to be permanent.
Mass Index is far from perfect, but there are more accurate methods
of measuring body fat percentage - like, underwater weighing, skin-fold
calliper or bioelectrical impedance. All the same, BMI provides a useful
guide to overweight and obesity.
to a health warning about weight, issued by the US Surgeon General,
obesity may soon overtake smoking as the leading cause of preventable
deaths in the US. Even if you are very overweight, do not despair. Losing
even 5-10 per cent of your body weight can cause significant improvement
in your health.
an estimated 300,000 Americans die prematurely of disease caused by
or related to obesity or being very overweight