The role your metabolism plays in regards to how your body functions is somewhat complex.
There are literally millions of processes and chemical reactions that contribute to your metabolic rate.
However, in simple terms, your metabolism is the total of all those processes, that converts foods and liquids you ingest into energy.
The way that energy is used falls into three major categories:
- Your body stores calories as fat,
- You burn calories as a process to create heat or energy, and
- Your metabolic process uses calories to build muscle, blood, bone, and fat.
The role your metabolism plays in those three different processes is equally spread out when your metabolic rate is “perfect” or optimal. The problem is, some people are born with a naturally high or naturally low metabolic process.
If you have a tendency for low energy levels, you will find it hard to lose weight and often crave sweet foods like sugar, ice cream, and pastries. You may have a low or slow metabolism.
Then there are those individuals whose bodies are very good at burning calories. They seemingly eat whatever they like, exercise very little and are bouncing around full of energy.
They do not have an ounce of fat on their bodies. These people usually enjoy a very high metabolic rate.
Finally, when the metabolic role that dictates so many bodily functions is perfectly aligned, your body spends equal amounts of time burning calories, storing fat, and building a healthy body.
That third category is where optimal health can be found.
The good news is, if you have a naturally high or low metabolism, you can do something about it.
- Ramp up the amount of Omega 3 essential fatty acids you get in your diet by eating fish like salmon, tuna, and mackerel.
- Exercise three to five times a week for 20 minutes each at a moderately intense level.
- Make sure you get six to eight hours of restful sleep each night.
- Eat some protein at breakfast every morning.
- Drink lots of water throughout the day.
- Instead of two or three big meals, spread your daily caloric intake over five or six smaller meals.
These are all effective ways to help develop, and regulate, a healthy metabolism. They begin to move your metabolic process in the direction of equal burning, building and storing activities.
This means a healthy, strong body, naturally high levels of energy, and the ability to maintain a healthy weight without unhealthy gains and losses.