Why You Should Pay Attention To Your Metabolism (And How It Can Help You Lose Weight)

You have more than likely heard about the metabolism before, and you may even know that it plays an important role in the way your body processes food and, as a result, your total body weight as a result of this. However, are you aware of what exactly the metabolism does for your body, and how you can get it to work with you instead of against you when it comes to achieving your weight loss goals?

I would make the argument that it is important for absolutely everyone to know as much as they can about the function of the metabolism in their bodies, but I think it is especially important for people who are struggling to lose weight to learn more about why this may be the case, and of course more importantly, how to correct any issues they may be experiencing in order to move forward with their health and wellness goals.

I recently came across a very helpful article post by Everyday Health that provides a simple yet very informative breakdown on the function of a person's metabolism and how it works to help a person lose or even gain weight, and I am happy to share what I learned in the article right here with you.

First of all, it is good to start off with a basic understanding on what the word metabolism means. The word metabolism actually describes all of the processes in your body that use up energy. The most important aspect of the metabolism that the vast majority of people are concerned about is of course the resting metabolic rate, which determines how quickly someone can lose or gain weight. The resting metabolic rate, or RMR, determines how many calories your body can burn while sitting and doing very little to no activity.

There are simple ways that you can boost this rate, such as exercising on a daily basis and even eating more spicy foods. This is because capsaicin, the component that makes foods such as peppers spicy, is scientifically proven to jumpstart the metabolic process in the body, and to encourage it to keep burning off fat long after being consumed (exercise does this as well). Adding more protein into your diet will also have a strong likelihood of improving your metabolic rate, while simple carbohydrates such as those found in white bread, pizza, and pastries will only slow down the process, and therefore contribute to weight gain. 

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