Metabolism. There isn’t perhaps a more often utilized word in the weight-loss (and weight gain) vocabulary than this. Undoubtedly, it’s not unusual to overhear individuals speaking about their struggles– or accomplishments– over the holiday bulge or love handles in regards to whether their metabolism is working, or not.
Medical professionals, too, typically describe metabolism when they try and describe why starvation and water-loss diet plans aren’t scientifically or clinically responsible; given that, alas, they do not affect or take into account metabolism.
So, for all of the use that this rather complicated and biologically-charged word enjoys in our world, you ‘d easily presume that individuals comprehend it, right? Or, at least, they have some basic information when it pertains to how to accelerate their metabolism, right? Wrong!
Towards Understanding Metabolism
Unfortunately, many individuals just do not comprehend the concept of metabolism and metabolic change. This, equally as sad, is hardly their fault.
There is a lot of information drifting around out there, much of it over the web or through a “friend of a friend who works with a private trainer,” that there’s bound to be some confusion along with clashing messages.
In addition, many individuals (quite understandably) mistake their own weight gain and loss episodes as a matter of metabolic change. Often this holds true, and in some cases, it doesn’t.
For instance, as we will go over in this book, there are scientific methods to increase the rate of metabolic change, and hence make it possible for the body to burn more calories.
Consuming particular foods more often is one method to do this (once again, we look closer at these within this book). Yet another way to noticeably slim down– at least on a perceived, short-term level– is to sit in a steam bath for a couple of hours.
Whereas the previous approach (consuming the appropriate foods) is a genuine, tested weight-loss approach through increased metabolic change, the latter approach (the steam bath) is simply short-term since the lost weight is simply water, and will return as quickly as it “disappeared.”
The point to keep in mind here is that some individuals mistake their own weight reduction tries as being connected to metabolic change, and, as you can see with the steam bath example, that isn’t typically the case.