Posted by: molander | September 8, 2009

Your Personal Biochemistry Lab

metabolism [met-tab-ol-liz-zum] Noun
the chemical processes that occur in living organisms, resulting in growth, production of energy, and elimination of waste [Greek metaballein to change]

Quick translation: It controls it all! And to put it crudely, if you screw up your metabolism, you’re basically screwing yourself. However… there’s hope! We CAN repair most metabolism damage.

“You are what you eat.”

Remember that? It’s true. There are 2 types of metabolic activities and all food (aka fuel) will be handled 1 of these 2 ways:
1. Catabolic – breaks down stuff to be used as fuel – like body fat or recently-digested-food-before-it-turns-to-fat or ((gasp!)) muscle tissue if things have gone wrong.
2. Anabolic – builds up stuff in our bodies – like cells, muscles, bone, and fat. Sooooo… your food will be used to create new tissue thus… You are what you eat.

Magic Weight Loss Formula

“Burn more calories than you take in.” Yeah… OK… we’ll go with that … and a computer is nothing but a big calculator, huh? That’s oversimplification at its finest! It’s much more complicated than that. To paraphrase a number of fitness gurus: 1,500 calories of Twinkies and 1,500 calories of clean, healthy food do NOT make the same body! Compare those two bodies at the end of a month and the numbers on the scale may be the same but the body composition will be very different (less fat loss, increased muscle loss to name 2 issues.) If you’re so inclined, here’s one example of many studies that yield the same results:


I’m not sure how to cover Biochemistry 101 in a blog but I will urge you (again) to get Master Your Metabolism by Jillian Michaels. The focus of the book is on “rebooting your metabolism” so you’ve got it working efficiently WITH you instead of AGAINST you in the fat war. (And that’s only ONE of the benefits of a healthy metabolism!)

“Metabolism is your personal biochemistry… regulating how you burn calories is only part of the function…Some hormones tell you you’re hungry, some tell you you’re full. When you eat, hormones tell your body what to do with that food, whether to store it or burn it as fuel. And when you exercise, hormones tell the body how to move and consume energy stores, and how to boost or shut down different parts of the body. Hormones control almost every aspect of how we gain weight — and how we can lose it.”
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx— Jillian Michaels, Master Your Metabolism


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