Your metabolism, the rate at which you burn calories, requires certain chemicals for it to function at a high rate. Let’s look at four of the more important ones:
This group of vitamins is responsible for helping break down carbohydrates, fats and protein into energy the body can use. In particular B-1 breaks down carbohydrates and fats; B-5 works on fatty acids; B-6 takes care of breaking down protein; B-12 also helps break down carbohydrates and protein along with producing red blood cells; B-2 helps move energy to the cells where it can be used by muscles and organs.
2) Coenzyme Q10
CoQ10 as it is commonly called, increases the production of energy within a cell’s mitochondria. Specifically CoQ10 increases the amount of oxygen available to cells. This boost in energy translates to more endurance as it not only enhances the strength of muscles while exercising, but also increases their efficiency or the level at which they work.
Creatine is found in animal products and is used by muscles to store energy. However if you are a vegetarian or don’t eat enough animal products, you can suffer from too low a level. Studies have shown that creatine in the proper amount can improve muscle strength by 15 percent.
This increase in strength can also translate into weight loss as proven by an article in the “Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research”. They found that weight-training with creatine supplementation resulted in more weight loss that without the supplementation.
Not a real fancy name as in the other three, but it is just as important. Iron carries oxygen to your muscles so they can burn fat. Think of how a fire burns. Without oxygen it smolders, but doesn’t burn. Add oxygen and it instantly flares up and burns hot.
Your body is the same way. If deficit in iron, you’ll feel sluggish. Your aerobic capacity and physical endurance will be greatly reduced. So how do you get enough iron naturally? By eating shellfish, lean meats, beans and spinach. Vegetarians can get their iron supply from tofu.
It is easy to see how they all work together:
- The B-complex breaks down food.
- CoQ10 helps the mitochondria in cells convert it into energy.
- Cretaine helps the cells store energy.
- Iron provides the oxygen cells need in order to produce energy.
Deficient in one and the production of energy at the cellular level suffers. Have all at the minimum requirement levels and your metabolism will function well resulting in maximum calories burned.