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How to Speed Your Metabolism

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Why to Speed up the Metabolism

Most of the people are constantly worried about the weight gain and keep wondering about methods to lose it. Once they understand how they put on weight and then it is easy to find ways of losing it. The human body mainly works on a simple principle; it breaks down foods and liquids to generate energy. This process is known as metabolism. During this process, the body utilizes available sources either that are digested following food consumption or those that are stored (e.g. fat). If the body is not able to metabolize the available fat effectively or if the amount of fat stored is very high then, there will be weight gain.

The metabolic process in the body is a complex process, which is mainly regulated by the brain. Among the vast responsibilities, the brain handles the metabolic process through the network of brain cells and nerve tissues, which provide inputs regarding energy expenditure and storage. A proper balance has to be maintained in order to control body weight and fat accumulation.    

What Affects the Metabolism

The metabolic activity of the body is affected by numerous factors such as fat-free mass, sex, weight, height, age, body surface area, fat mass and ethnicity. Other factors that alter the metabolism in the body include nutrients, production of body heat and physical activity. The daily energy expenditure is determined by all these factors.1,2

How to Speed up the Metabolism?

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Speeding up the metabolic process is mainly in the daily practices that ever one get used to. The brain works on the pleasure principle wherein it tends to promote activities that bring pleasure to one. These activities can be modulated by one in a way to promote better health. It has been proven that the neural pathways mediating the regulation of energy maintenance can be most effectively altered by external manipulations. Early interventions have been found to have a positive impact on the development of these pathways to produce a permanent lowering of the body weight, even in obesity-prone individuals.3

The new feeding habits which comprises mainly of fat- and carbohydrate-rich pre-cooked foods along with sedentary lifestyles have had their impact on the body weight and metabolic process. Individuals with proper motivation have been successful in overcoming such habits and improved their body weight. Physical activity is one of the major ways to increase one’s metabolic process in the body.4

Self-control is the main ability of humans, which helps to overcome unhealthy habits and behavior. If steps are not taken then the body tends to get habituated to certain automatic behaviors that occur without awareness, are initiated without intention, tend to continue without control, and operate automatically or with little effort.5

Self-efficacy correlates positively with success in all realms of personal endeavor. It is true that mind has a control over the body, and training the mind for better health can improve the efforts to maintain or hasten the metabolic processes in the body. Simple steps such as 45–60 min physical activity daily, a fat-reduced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grain, and lean meat and dairy products, and moderate consumption of calorie containing beverages goes a long way in improving the body metabolism. Daily physical activity and regular exercise has an impact on daily energy expenditure.6

So go ahead! Make up the mind, speed up the metabolism and burn that extra fat!!

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2.Lopez-Miranda J, Williams C, Lairon D. Dietary, physiological, genetic and pathological influences on postprandial lipid metabolism. Br J Nutr. 2007; 98(3): 458–473.

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4.Mazure Lehnhoff RA, Salgado Mijail G, et al. Physical activity and bariatric surgery. Nutr Hosp. 2007; 22(4):3 97–401.

5.Cohen D, Farley TA. Eating as an automatic behavior. Prev Chronic Dis. 2008; 5(1): A23.

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Written by: healthplus24.com team

Date last updated: March 06, 2015

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