When there is an excess of energy, and the body can’t use this energy to deal with any needs at the time, it will be forced to create cells with that extra energy. It has to.
It doesn’t necessarily want to, but after figuring out that the energy can’t be used to do anything (such as help you exercise or digest some food), it has to turn it into cells through anabolism.
And those extra cells? Yes, you guessed it: added weight!
In a nutshell, the whole calorie/metabolism/weight gain thing is really just about excess energy. When there are too many calories in the body – that is, when there’s too much energy from food – then the body transforms those calories into stuff.
And that stuff, most of the time, is fat. Sometimes, of course, those extra calories are transformed into muscle; and this is usually a good thing for those watching their weight or trying to maintain an optimal body fat ratio.
In fact, because muscles require calories to maintain, people with strong muscle tone burn calories without actually doing anything; their metabolism burns it for them.
This is the primary reason why exercising and building lean muscle is part of an overall program to boost your metabolism; because the more lean muscle you have, the more places excess calories can go before they’re turned into fat.
A Final Word About Fat
There’s a nasty rumor floating around out there that fat cells are permanent. And the nastiest thing about this rumor is that it’s true.
Yes, most experts conceded that fat cells – once created – are there for life. Yet this doesn’t spell doom and gloom to those of us who could stand to drop a few pounds. Because even though experts believe that fat cells are permanent, they also agree that fat cells can be shrunk.
So even if the absolute number of fat cells in your body remains the same, their size (and hence their appearance and percentage of your overall weight) can be reduced.
So while we haven’t gone into any medical detail – because we don’t need to or want to – we have covered some key basics about metabolism. In fact, you probably know as much about metabolism now as many so-called experts.
The bottom line is simply that metabolism represents a process – countless processes, in fact – that convert food into energy. When this process creates cells, it’s called anabolism. When this process breaks cells down, it’s called catabolism.
For people trying to lose weight, it’s important to experience catabolism. That is, it’s important convert food into energy that is used to break cells down.
Catabolism is also important because it prevents excess energy (calories) from being stored by the body.
Remember: when the body has too many calories – regardless of what food source those calories came from – it can only do two things. It can desperately try and see if you have any energy needs (like maybe you’re running a marathon at the time).
Or, more often, it will have to store those calories. It has no choice. And unless you have lean muscle that is gobbling up those excess calories, you’ll be adding fat.
The remainder of this report is going to point you in the opposite direction. You’ll learn various techniques, tips, and strategies to boost your metabolism.
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(1) Transform Your Metabolism Into A Calorie Burning Machine!
(2) ‘Low Fat Labels’ Separating The Facts From The Fiction
(3) Understanding The Mumbo Jumbo – What is Metabolism?
(4) How Metabolism Relates to Calories & Weight Loss – part 1
(5) How Metabolism Relates to Calories & Weight Loss – part 2
(6) Introduction to Strategies to Boost Your Metabolism
(7) Isn’t Cardiovascular Exercise The Only Thing That Matters?
(8) Adding ‘High Energy’ Burning Component to Your Exercise
(9) Why Variety in Your Exercise Routine is ESSENTIAL
(10) How Lifestyle Influences The Speed of Your Metabolism
(11) Getting Enough Sleep Actually Improves Your Metabolism
(12) Constant Stress Negatively Influences Your Metabolism
(13) Understanding How Calories Affect Your Metabolism
(14) Eat More to Burn More? And Don’t Forget Breakfast – part 1
(15) Eat More to Burn More? And Don’t Forget Breakfast – part 2