What Is Metabolism?
The word metabolism is thrown around so loosely and often when speaking about body fat and weight loss. What does ‘metabolism’ really mean, and what does it do to your body?
- Metabolism is a collection of chemical reactions that takes place in the body's cells.
- Metabolism converts the fuel in the food we eat into the energy needed to power everything we do, from moving to thinking to growing.
- Specific proteins in the body control the chemical reactions of metabolism, and each chemical reaction is coordinated with other body functions. In fact, thousands of metabolic reactions happen at the same time — all regulated by the body — to keep our cells healthy and working.
MUSCLE VS FAT
By looking at the photo above, you can see that 2kg of muscle (pictured on the bottom) is going to take up less space in the body and be a lot less “lumpy” under your skin and in between your organs than the same weight in fat (shown on top).
Muscle and fat differ in density and one kilo of muscle occupies less space (volume) than one kilo of fat.
Besides being more compact in the body, there are also many health advantages to increased muscle mass.
Benefits of having more lean muscle mass:
- Create a leaner physique-
- Reduce your risk of injury
- Increase strength, stability, power and endurance
- Improve balance and mobility
- Improve the way you feel about yourself
- Increase energy and vitality
- Improve athletic performance
- Increase your metabolic efficiency
- Improve insulin sensitivity and improve blood glucose control
Increase your metabolism
Each 1kg of fat that your body stores represents 1,540 calories of unused energy. In order to lose 1kg you have to create a calorie deficit of 1,540 calories by either consuming 1,540 less calories over a period of time than your body needs or by doing 1,540 calories worth of exercise.
By increasing your lean muscle mass through resistance and body weight training, you will help your body burn more calories. One kilo of muscle will burn slightly more calories at rest than one kilo of fat tissue at rest. Also it will balance out insulin sensitivity and blood glucose levels which ensures you have a greater chance of losing body fat. When your blood sugar is out of whack it increases your chance of storing body fat.
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