What is Metabolism?

Metabolism is a term that is used to describe all chemical reactions involved in maintaining the living state of the cells and the organism. Metabolism can be conveniently divided into two categories:

    • Catabolism - the breakdown of molecules to obtain energy
    • Anabolism - the synthesis of all compounds needed by the cells

Metabolism is closely linked to nutrition and the availability of nutrients. Bioenergetics is a term which describes the biochemical or metabolic pathways by which the cell ultimately obtains energy. Energy formation is one of the vital components of metabolism.

Can Dieting Help Boost Metabolism?

Dieting is detrimental to the metabolism. Too often, many people don’t know how to diet properly and end up taking in too few calories to sustain the body. Eating less does not mean you’re going to lose weight effectively or efficiently. Metabolism not only helps to fuel the body, but it also has a built-in survival mechanism. When we take in too few calories, a signal is sent to the body that says it needs to conserve fat stores. If you’ve gone through enough cycles of yo-yo dieting, your body begins to think a famine is on the way. The metabolism will slow down in order to build up fat stores to get you through the rough times. After that, whatever you ingest will be hoarded away to protect the body in order to ensure it has enough energy to function.

Increasing muscle mass is the best way to boost metabolism. Most women avoid incorporating weight training into their exercise programs because they’re afraid of becoming bulky. Unless you’re planning on becoming the next champion female bodybuilder, the amount of weight training you will be doing will not give you the kind of muscle mass those women have. Genetics also play a very big part in how much muscle you build. The weight you gain through weight training is muscle mass, and much better for you than weight gained with added fat.