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Focus on Your Health: Metabolism

June 7, 2013

What is metabolism and how does it work?  Metabolism is a combination of physical and chemical processes which distribute nutrients which are absorbed into the blood after digestion. There are three factors that determine your metabolic rate: the rate your body uses energy for vital body processes, the rate you burn energy during physical activity, and the rate you use energy during digestion of food.

To speed up your metabolism, first and foremost, exercise. Cardio exercise will increase lean muscle mass, and reduce body fat. And the greatest part about more lean muscle mass is it keeps burning calories throughout the day (increases your resting metabolic rate). Aerobic exercise such as walking, swimming, or cycling has the added bonus of speeding up your metabolism for 4 to 8 hours after you stop exercising. Second, eat breakfast, and eat 6 small meals a day. Eating breakfast jump starts your metabolism, and eating throughout the day will keep your metabolism working. Third, eat nutritious meals containing fish, dark green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, blueberries and other fruits, whole grains, and at least 8 glasses of water a day. If the cells do not receive sufficient nutrients, they will begin to function less efficiently on smaller amounts, and they will actually store more fat to use during these times of nutritional deprivation. Unfortunately, there are no “magic” foods that will change it dramatically, but incorporating nutrient rich foods will aid in the most efficient processing of energy by the body.

Stay healthy!

Alan Ishida - Regional Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions

Alan Ishida – Regional Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 8, 2013 8:06 am

    Thanks Alan- I’ve been doing this for 6 months and I’ve lost 30 pounds. It’s the 6 small meals a day that makes it work for me. I don’t have time to get hungry. 🙂

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