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The Four Leading Metabolism Myths You Should Avoid to Achieve a Long-Termed Weightloss

"The secret of successful weightloss is by understanding the facts surrounding the METABOLISM."

Metabolism is both the breaking down and building up of things for our optimal health.  It has two main compononents, catabolism and anabolism. The breaking down of foods to extract nutrients and produce energy needed by the body is through the process called anabolism. While the storage of chemical bonds for later use is through anabolism. Indeed, to achieve  a well stabilized metabolism is by ensuring the balance of these two processes. Metabolism is affected by our age, sex, body size, gender, genetics, diet, physical activities, and more. Hence, there is possibility of having a slow or fast metabolism.

The metabolic rate inside your body  is regulated  by the thyroid gland, the master gland of the body. Yet, you can have a control over your metabolism. You can boost it by these recommended routines such as muscle building, sleeping more, drinking lots of water, eating more proteins, and drinking caffeinated coffee, and more.

There are so many things you should know about metabolism. And to start with, let us undo the four misleading metabolism myths. It is important to know them for you to achieve a long-termed but healthy way of losing weight


Myth #1 Focusing on One Area

If you want to lower or heighten the metabolic rate, don't do what other dieters are doing. They are only concentrating on one factor affecting the metabolism. The most typical example is focusing on muscle building but completely neglecting the value of sufficient amount of sleep.

According to "Annals of Internal Medicine" study, the lack of  sleep affects the metabolism negatively. The regulating hormones for appetite, Ghrelin and Leptin, either initiate or aggravate the existing metabolic disorders. Ghrelin hormone increases the appetite while Leptin is responsible for  satiety. However, Ghrelin is in higher level as compared to Leptin (satiety) when there is lack of sleep. In addition, the inadequacy of sleep causes insulin sensitivity which leads to improper use of foods. As result, you will tend to gain weight.


Myth #2 Exercising for Fat Zone Only

This is a common mistake that even the gym instructors may give as an advice. The reality is, maintaining weight or losing weight requires an extensive approach. There is a  list of procedures and related ways to be done to make it. Besides, body fats have also potential roles in our body according to experts. You just have to watch out that it won't get much within your body as it can backfire.

Not everyone knows that there are three types of body fats: white fats, brown fats,and the beige fats. These fats have corresponding hues and functions in our body. The white fat is pale and predominant in our body accounting to 90% of it. However, this is a useless fats because of its low metabolic rate. Hence, it is just a storage for extra calories.

The brown fats are different as it facilitate the burning of calories. It is darker in color as it contains some blood supply. However, it is only prominent in the rat's body. Human beings have low amount of it that it can't help in converting calories into energy or keeping you warm.

The beige fats on the other hand, carries an ability to burn calories. And researchers are looking forward to making the white fats into beige fats through suplementation and exercises. There is an evidence that a hormone during exercise can convert the white fat cells into beige fats. Added to this are the  foods like brown seaweed, licorice root, and hot peppers can potentially do the same thing.

You might like to read:10 Techniques to Achieve a Quality and Sufficient Amount of Sleep According to Experts

Here are the benefits of the body fats when in wholesome amount.

  • The fat cells "adipocytes" under our skin protects the body from infection according to researchers from the University of California, San Diego. Adipocytes trigger the production of immune cells which are the soldiers of the body against pathogens.
  • Body fats enchances sex drive. “When your body fat percentage is too low, your sex drive has a tendency to plummet,” explains Jessi Kneeland, a trainer at Peak Performance Gym in New York City.
  • It generates heat that can keep your body warm. This is specially true with the brown fats.

  • It boosts fertility. Fat is good for the entire reproductive system—from having a normal menstrual cycle to getting pregnant, says Leman. If you maintain too low of a body fat percentage, she adds, you may experience menstrual irregularities.

  • It helps to facilitate the delivery of nutrients to the body organs. We know that low body fat negatively effects the delivery of vitamins to your organs and throughout your body,” says personal trainer Cathy Leman, M.A., R.D., L.D., owner of NutriFit, Inc. She’s talking about fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E, and K, which are stored in your body’s fatty tissue.

Myth #3 Overdoing Calories Restriction

When calories or food's consumption is restricted too low, the metabolism slows down too. It slows down in an attempt to create a balance inside, for bodily activities. And yes, losing weight might be achieved but it can come from the wrong portions of the body such as muscles or organs. Hence, the losing of weight will turn to be short-termed only. Most likely to happen is  the  possibility of gaining weight eventually.

Myth #4 Using Diet Pills

If there's worst malpractice in losing weight, that is taking diet pills.  This weightloss method is employed by the belief that  it can tame your appetite and eventually make you lose weight. However, it will pose collateral damage on your health if you continue in this malpractice. Your brain health will suffer.

 "Users of widely prescribed diet pills may suffer irreversible loss of brain serotonin nerve terminals, possibly resulting in symptoms of anxiety, depression, cognitive and sleep problems, suggests the first author of a newly published report on fenfluramine side effects. National Institute of Mental Health researcher Una McCann, M.D., and colleagues, report on their review of 90 animal studies on serotonin neurotoxicity and primary pulmonary hypertension from fenfluramine and its chemical cousin dexfenfluramine, in the August 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association."

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