Just to stay alive, our body must carry out millions of chemical processes, which are collectively known as your metabolism, also at the most basic level, cell signalling.
Apert from everything else, your metabolism can even play a role in weight gain. It determines the amount of energy your body needs, so if you take in more energy than you need, and the excess will be stored as lipids. That’s a nice word for FAT.
We are quick to target ‘slow metabolism’ for weight gain, when in fact we need smarter food and exercise choices, plus, of course, the right supplements.
The most significant element of your metabolism..
– churning through 50 to 80 per cent of the energy burnt each day – is your basal metabolic rate (BMR). This is the energy your body burns – just to maintain functioning at rest.
What else burns energy?
Well… how much physical activity you do, and also the ‘thermic effect’ of the food you eat – energy you use to digest and absorb your food.
According to Tim Crowe, associate professor in nutrition at Deakin University, there are many pills, supplements and foods that claim to boost metabolism and burn fat, but most of their claims are unproven.
“Even if they did work, they might come with unintended side effects, such as increasing your heart rate.” he says.
But obviously if we are going to make a good educated decision, it can be helpful to know what factors do affect our metabolism. Some of them are within our control. Even being aware of factors you can’t control may still be useful. It can motivate you to compensate for the issue
10 important ways you can manage your metabolism:
1. Muscle mass –AKA the amount of muscle tissue we have.
Muscle burns more energy than fat. The more muscle you pack, the more energy you need just to exist. Most exercise will help boost muscle, but resistance or strength training is most effective: lifting weights, and exercises that work against the resistance of your body weight such as pushups, squats and lunges.
2. Age – As you get older, your metabolic rate generally slows.
Partially due to loss of muscle tissue, but also through hormonal and neurological changes. As kids go through periods of growth, their metabolism speeds up.
3. Body Size
Bigger bodies usually = larger BMR simply because they have larger internal organs and fluid volume to maintain. Taller people have a larger skin surface, which means their bodies may have to work harder to maintain a constant temperature.
As men are usually larger than women, they generally have faster metabolisms.
Also play a role in the speed of our metabolism. Some genetic disorders may also affect your metabolism.
6. Physical activity
Regular exercise will increase muscle mass and support your body to burn kayjays at a faster rate, even lying on the couch!.
7. Hormonal factors
Hormonal imbalances, including hypo- and hyperthyroidism, can affect your metabolism.
8. Environmental factors
Weather affects our metabolism. A hot day or a cold day will cause your body to work harder to maintain normal temperature, so this increases our metabolic rate.
Caffeine and nicotine can increase your metabolic rate. Medications including some antidepressants and anabolic steroids may fatten you up regardless of what you eat.
Some aspects of your diet also affect metabolism. Insufficient iodine for optimal thyroid function will slow down your metabolism.
So.. how many of these nuggets can you actually implement in some way? In my case, I’m not over muscular (that’s an understatement!) so I’m not feeding huge abs, I am 67 so that’s something I can’t do much about, I’m not fat so I’m not burning Kayjays just standing still, I’m male, so I might be burning a bit faster than women, (again, can’t change that, can I?). I have no genetic disorders that I know of, I do have a good walk every day and try to rip off some pushups daily, I don’t have hyperthyroidism, I can’t do anything about the weather, I’m not about to give up coffee, and I know I get enough Iodine. So.. was it of use to me? No.
Can I support it in other ways without resorting to those nasty side effect supplements and drugs the experts referred to? well, perhaps I can. It appears from new studies on the effects of molecular hydrogen, which is neither a drug nor a supplement, is (to date) completely side effect free, that a major role of ingested H2 is the support of every single one of those trillions of daily cell signals. In short, it appears that this simple inert gas may be a general allround metabolic support.
No, please note, Mister TGA, I did NOT say it is. I don’t know. All I suggest is do your own research at the Molecular Hydrogen Institute. If you want to see how it works for you, you can get H2 though the UltraStream water system, or from the magnesium based HydroFX. In both cases magnesium breaks down to hydrogen, which, if ingested quickly – before it wafts away like a hydrogen balloon, may have the effects you’ll read about.