What is metabolism?
Metabolism is the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy. Metabolism occurs around the clock, even when you are sleeping. In fact, the term used for what your body burns at rest is called resting metabolic rate and accounts for up to 50-75% of total calorie expenditure1. The brain, liver, kidneys, and heart account for about half of the energy burned at rest, while fat, the digestive system, and especially the body’s muscles account for the rest.2 Energy needs for your body’s basic functions stay fairly consistent and aren’t easily changed. Many people may blame their metabolism for weight gain. This is rarely the case. However, there are ways to improve your metabolism which will increase the number of calories you burn. Let’s take a closer look at a few. (more…)