Frequent exercise and 4-6 small meals of whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables and lean proteins will energize the body and maintain a high performing metabolism.
A healthy metabolism is the key to effective weight loss. The metabolism is the continuous chemical and physical process by which living organisms and cells convert nutrients into energy, body-structure and waste.
How the Metabolism Burns Calories
Dehydration and long periods between meals slow down the metabolism. It is very important to stay hydrated by drinking 8-10 glasses of water and eat small portions of healthy foods often every day. Eating more often spreads the calories that are used for energy. This prevents them from being stored as fat. A healthy diet of 4-6 small meals of whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables and lean protein will boost and keep the metabolism at its highest performance. A starvation diet will paralyze the functions of the metabolism and the body’s energy. Frequent meals are also very vital for diabetics because it stabilizes the blood sugar levels and helps avoid energy dips. Skipping a meal a day is a deceptive and useless weight-loss plan.
Some people who do not have the true knowledge or understand the facts about the metabolism believe that it is a genetic function and one cannot change it. A good healthy life style mainly consists of a nutritious diet and exercise, and exercise plays a great part in the effective functioning of the metabolism. Exercise speeds up the metabolism and burns more calories from fat because active muscles burn more fat calories. An active and healthy life style that includes aerobic exercise will cause the body to lose fat and maintain or gain muscles.
The functions of the metabolism are a constant life time process. This process involvesthe building up and breaking down of the body tissues and energy stores to generate more fuel for body functions.
How Hard to Digest Foods Decrease Energy
The consumption of large meals that contain a lot of fat and a lot of hard to digest foods will decrease the Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). Basal Metabolic Rate is the amount of energy the body needs to maintain normal functions such as respiration, heart beat, circulation and body temperature in a state of complete rest. It takes a considerable amount of energy and time for the body to breakdown high fat and hard to digest foods. Such foods are fried foods, fast foods, junk foods, pork, beef, sausages; and all refined foods made from white flour, sugar, rice and bread. This causes the body to lose energy and feel tired and sleepy. This type of meal lowers the BMR and increases the chance of fat storage while the body is resting.
How to Prevent Metabolism Decrease
One effective way of preventing metabolism decrease is to eat whole unprocessed nutritious foods such as fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains that the body can utilize without depleting the energy. The juicing of vegetables and fruits are excellent to increase the activity rate of the metabolism. Raw foods are much easier to digest, and the less work the body needs to digest the food is the higher the BMR to burn fat instead of storing it. Eating slowly with the proper mastication of the foods will speed up the digestive process, because this will cause the stomach to release enzymes necessary for the digestion of the food. A consistent increase of the metabolic rate is the best tool when it comes to burning fats. It is best to maintain some fire in the body with good calorie burning nutrients at all times.