What is metabolism?
We all have it, but it works differently for different people. Some are blessed with super-fast metabolism, which put simply means that they can eat as much as they want and never be afraid of gaining weight. Others have what we call “slow metabolism”, which they usually use as an excuse for their inability to lose weight. In fact people with slow metabolism simply burn calories significantly slower. Most people consider this a disadvantage but according to some, this can be very beneficial. So what is metabolism and how it works?
Metabolism is a constant process of transformation of substances and energy that occurs in the body. Metabolism is a fundamental property of a living organism and covers thousands and thousands of individual reactions linked together in metabolic pathways and circuits. Metabolism is the set of two interrelated processes: anabolism and catabolism. Anabolism is the process of nutrient absorption leading to building and renovation of tissue. Anabolism is needed for muscle growth as well as body fat gain. When your body is in an anabolic state it transforms energy into body fat or if you are smart enough – new muscle tissue. The opposite of anabolism is catabolism. When your body is in a catabolic state it literally turns food into more basic elements, which are later used for energy. This energy might come from the food in your belly or from the fat and glycogen stored in your body. So, if you want to gain weight, your body needs to be in an anabolic state. This is why professional body builders like Ronnie Coleman just sit on the locker room benches and eat huge amounts of food after a workout. On the other hand, if you want to lose weight, you need to reduce your calorie intake quite significantly. Running on an empty stomach is also very effective, your organism will use the body fat for energy and your flappy belly will simply disappear after a couple of weeks.
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