Here is a quick recap and a little more detail about metabolism …
What is Metabolism?
This word “metabolism” is thrown around a lot these days. You know that if yours is too slow you might gain weight. But what exactly does this all mean?
Well technically “metabolism” is the word to describe all of the biochemical reactions in your body. Wow! That is a lot of work going on in our body! Some we may be aware of and some of the processes we will not be aware of. It’s how you take in nutrients and oxygen and use them to fuel everything you do. Everything! Your body has an incredible ability to grow, heal, and generally stay alive. And without this amazing biochemistry you would not be possible.
Metabolism includes how the cells in your body work in order to …
● Allow activities you can control (e.g. physical activity etc.).
● Allow activities you can’t control (e.g. heart beat, wound healing, processing of nutrients & toxins, etc.).
● Allow storage of excess energy for later.
So when you put all of these processes together into your metabolism you can imagine that these processes can work too quickly, too slowly, or just right.
Which brings us to the “metabolic rate”.
What is Metabolic Rate?
Metabolic rate is how fast your metabolism works and is measured in calories (yup, those calories!). The calories you eat can go to one of three places:
● Work (i.e. exercise and other activity).
● Heat (i.e. from all those biochemical reactions).
● Storage (i.e. extra leftover “unburned” calories stored as fat).
As you can imagine the more calories you burn as work or creating heat the easier it is to have a healthy weight and there will be fewer “leftover” calories to store for later.
There are a couple of different ways to measure metabolic rate. One is the resting metabolic rate”(RMR) which is how much energy your body uses when you’re not being physically active.
The other is the total daily energy expenditure (TDEE) which measures both the resting metabolic rate as well as the energy used for “work” (e.g. exercise or even housework) throughout a 24-hour period.
Add this: Having a chronic pain condition or chronic health condition (p.s. Don’t forget adding ‘stress’ or ‘depression’ into that mix too!)
How and what will having a chronic health condition do with metabolism?
… that is your thinking homework until the next post.