Metabolism refers to a set of enzyme-catalyzed chemical transformations within our bodies which are necessary to sustain life. The term metabolism can also encompass the transportation of substances between different cells and the digestion process. For instance, our metabolism is responsible for when and how our body breaks down calories to release energy.
Metabolism is often divided into two categories, Anabolism, and Catabolism. Anabolism is the process which utilizes energy to construct cell components such as nucleic acids and proteins. Catabolism refers to breaking down organic matter and using cellular respiration to manifest energy.
Understanding the metabolic processes within your body will help you to lose weight, or assist in avoiding excess weight gain.
Our metabolism plays an integral role in many of our bodily functions. For example:
- Managing our thyroid hormones
- Repairing tissue damage and injuries
- Maintaining the natural temperature within our body
- Managing our blood sugar levels
- Creating new tissues and cells when required and
- Performing all basic functions within our body.
What is BMR or Basal Metabolic Rate?
You may have heard of these terms. Our Basal Metabolic Rate, or BMR, refers to a number of calories we are burning while our body is at rest. Our BMR fluctuates, depending on the time of day and the particular activities being participated in. As you incorporate more fitness into your lifestyle and develop more muscle, you can increase your basal metabolic rate.
How Does My Metabolism Affect My Weight Loss?
Increasing your metabolism is an important part of a successful weight loss strategy. As you exercise more frequently, you will gradually increase your metabolism. Eating breakfast every day is another vital and often overlooked component of kicking your metabolism into high gear.
Have you ever analyzed the term “breakfast?” It is 2 words placed together; “Break-Fast.” As in break the fasting period that has occurred while you were asleep for 6 to 8 to 10 hours.
When our body is in a fasting state, meaning has gone without food for a length of time – such as after supper, during sleep and until breakfast time – our metabolism naturally slows down. Our body recognizes that it has not consumed any calories for quite some time and therefore, wants to expend as little energy as possible to ensure it has enough reserved for maintaining normal body processes.
Our body uses a lot of energy for these processes. These include heartbeat, circulation, blood pressure, respiration, hormones, immune system and more.
Therefore, eating breakfast will help you lose weight! Many people are misinformed and think that skipping meals is the way to go. In fact, being on any restricted diet for the long term will only slow your metabolism down and potentially give you the opposite effect of what you are hoping to achieve.
For a nutritious breakfast, try to have some lean protein and whole grain complex carbohydrate such as oatmeal to help you feel satisfied and start your day as energized as possible. For best results, eat your breakfast within the first hour of waking and kick your metabolism into high gear!