Metabolism.Our engine.

Yes, the body engine is running all the time.

Our bodies engine

If you are interested in questions about food, losing body fat and diets, you will meet the word metabolism all the time. It’s a little hard to get a definition of metabolism. But it’s the overall energy processes that keep our body and you alive. You can say it’s your bodies engine. All the chemical processes inside us convert the hidden energy in our food to energy for all the cells. That’s for everything. Fuel to keep us function 24/7. Building blocks to build, maintain, and replace all living tissue. Bones, muscles, organs, skin, and so on.

Let take a banana as an example. You can’t see it. But it contains energy. But you can’t use it without ripping it to pieces and split it to molecules the cells in your body can use. That’s what digestion is all about, and it all starts in your mouth. You chew the food, and it continues in your system.

Then it becomes complicated. You can almost compare what is going on inside the body and the organs as one big chemical factory. Reactions are going on. It would take whole books to cover it all.

It’s the thyroid’s job to control the metabolism. To produce the hormones to keep it in balance. Some diseases related to the thyroid. But it’s not relevant here.

BMR? What’s that?

Have you ever heard about BMR before? It means Basal Metabolic Rate. The minimum required the number of calories to keep the body correctly function without problems. For breathing, blood circulation, digestion, and everything else necessary. It’s about 50-70 % of the overall metabolism.

Of course, there are differences from person to person. But it’s about 1750-1900 calories per day for a Man and approximately 1400-1500 calories for a woman.

It has been clinically tested on persons without food for 12-18 hours and doing nothing in a room with average temperature.

But if you go lower than that we begin to talk about starvation. Under the minimum needed by the body. That’s an unhealthy condition and can even be dangerous.

Healthy metabolism

5-10% of metabolism is for digestion. What’s left is for physics activity. That’s where you have the best opportunity to boost your metabolism. It increases your fat burning and raises the limit for how much you can eat without gain more weight.

That’s the most significant factor. It’s well-known a carpenter burns more energy per day than an employee in an office chair. But in our time machines takes more and more of the heavy work. It can be good or bad at the same time.

Protein can give a higher metabolism too because it requires more energy to digest protein than carbon hydrates and fat. But it should be with a low amount of fat. I’m talking about fish and chicken and other low calories sources of protein. According to a famous myth, chili and coffee can boost your metabolism. That’s not true. If there is an effect at all, it’s a concise while.

Bodyweight is an essential factor too. The more your weight is the more energy you need. That’s why you lose more weight in the beginning. Then your weight loss decreases. Bigger muscles will require more energy than body fat. Man needs more energy than women because Man typical are bigger and weight more.

Smoking and stress is a factor too. But that’s because it disturbs the hormone system. It’s a more unhealthy way to increase metabolism and lose weight. It’s much better to focus on food and exercise.

You can boost your burning just by drinking cold water. Because digestion needs water. So that’s a way to make your metabolism more efficient.

A good nights sleep is most valuable. There’s a link between tiredness and overweight. Do you sleep all right or do you lack sleep or wake up several times during the night.

You can try to stand up some more instead of sitting all the time. Or be more active with the household. It does affect.

You will burn more calories in cold weather. You can see it in the most extreme ways with people traveling in polar regions and Mountaineers.

Green tea should have an effect to boost the burning. But I don’t know how much.

A popular myth is that food eaten during the day is most likely to be burned, and the food you eat before bedtime will store as fat. But it’s not true. Metabolism runs at a constant rate, no matter time of day.

Many times people use metabolism as an excuse “I have a slow metabolism.” But usually, that’s not the problem. In studies, they have been able to compare people and found they had the same burning. There was a good reason why test persons were obese: They overate!

The Wall

The long diet will make the body slow down metabolism and burning. An excellent word for that is starvation mode. That has something to do with the body trying to take care of itself. It will always try to maintain it’s body weight, and it feels like an abnormal situation to lose bodyweight. It can also increase your appetite. Encourage you to eat more. That’s natural. But works against us in a world flooded with food.

Many people will meet the so-called wall where it’s almost impossible to achieve more weight loss. You can try to break the barrier by double your efforts with protein and exercise to encourage the body to go on with the weight loss.

It doesn’t help is to starve yourself. Then your body believes there’s a food shortage going on. So it’s necessary to decrease burning for you to survive. Or at least that’s how the body feels it. Of course, no food crises are going on. But it doesn’t know that.

Increase burning

So to lose weight, it’s terrific to know there are several and healthy ways to affect metabolism and increase burning. Some best is to choose the right food and exercise and don’t worry. It can be done by ease without being training for the Olympics.

Diet pills??? Hmm! I will choose not to do it. At least talk with a Doctor first, and illegal pills can be dangerous. Be wise. Choose the healthy way.

 

See the problem

What is the problem here? Let’s find out.

What’s your problem?

Every time you’re starting on a task, you should try to specify what’s the situation right now. What happened? How did it come to this? What seems to be the problem?

Why am I obese? At least I asked myself that question. Yes, I didn’t like the answer. But self-denial will not help at all.

Problem specified

The answer is simple: I overeat. I eat more than my body can burn. So it has to store the rest as body fat. That’s why my body weight has skyrocketed in the last years. It’s that simple or maybe not. Maybe it’s not entirely my fault.

It’s not an attempt to out shaming every obese people. But the problem is enormous — a disaster.

 

Survival

What happens here is perfectly natural. Part of our strategy to survive. Think about how life was for our ancestors. They couldn’t be sure to get enough to eat. They couldn’t be sure they would have food tomorrow or next year. Many times they hadn’t.

Our body can deal with that situation. Or else we wouldn’t be present today. Our body remembers after millions of years of evolution. It hasn’t changed since the stone age.

So every time there’s plenty of food you eat as much as you can. In the summer you have to eat well. Maybe you will run out of supplies during the winter. Or even worse if the harvest fails. In both cases, you will have to starve. Our survival isn’t guaranteed. Humanity has a cruel history of warfare too. Maybe people were left behind with no supplies. Or they had to struggle on the roads as refugees.

Our bodies strategy is to store body fat in good times, so there’s something to bring you through times of crises. It can try to slow down fat burning and metabolism. If there is plenty of food, it’s an excellent strategy to relax and do as little as possible. Everything that can help you to survive.

Today

Today in our modern industrial world, the situation is suddenly turned upside down. There is plenty of food in our society. There’s much more than we can eat. In the United States and the western world, there’s 150-200 % more food than we can eat. A tribute to very productive agriculture.

Very calorie dense too. A typical biscuit has four times more calories than in the past.  Without our knowledge, the portions on our plates have increased in size over many years. Imagine if you are a host for a dinner party. What if you run out of the food you will feel you have failed.

We eat many more snacks. For just 50 years ago it was reasonable to eat only three meals in a day.

Studies seem to show a combination of sugar, and fat feels irresistible. That’s a reason why you eat all the biscuits in a packet.

The food industry is perfectly aware of that fact because they employ their very own experts for a reason.

Our society wastes food in enormous amounts. Food that’s never eaten. It is trowed out because it can not sell.

Obesity is a threat to national security

That situation has triggered an epidemic of obese people. Especially in the United States and Western Europe. Did You know Pentagon in 2018 has declared obesity a threat to national security? That’s because a third of Men in every generation are obese and don’t qualify to physic training. So the army lacks recruits.

In the united states, 20 percent of the population in each of the 50 states is obese. Worst in the south and less in Colorado.

Two-thirds of the population in the UK is considered obese. They weight more than they are supposed to. It’s entirely correct to call it a health catastrophe.

It’s easy to see how serious it is. Today health system diagnoses many modern days children with type 2 diabetes.

Or you can try to visit any developing country and see how many obese people you can find there. It’s a fact too we were much more active in the past. Today machines liberate us for more and more of the heavy and dull work.


Animal Kingdom

Or you can try to look at the wildlife. It wouldn’t be efficient for an animal to be obese. A swallow wouldn’t be very useful as a swallow. It wouldn’t be convenient for an eagle to be overweight. It would be harder to catch its prey. A Hippo looks big. But it has the size it’s supposed to.

Animals can live in balance with their environment. They don’t eat more than they need. An elephant has the size that’s right for an elephant. Same for a mountain Gorilla. Only obese animals you can find is pets and livestock. They get their food from their human owners.

People

But We people prefer to grow our food. With the consequences that give. It’s a luxury problem. An extraordinary situation in our part of the world. In Europe, we only have to go back to World War 2 before we could find a lack of food and starvation.

But now with plenty of food, our bodies mechanisms to survival is suddenly turned against us. Our own body has become our worst enemy. It goes on as usual. In good times it tells us to eat plenty. So we do. It stores it as body fat like it used to do. Problem is if food is very rich in calories and times of crises never comes. Today we are so used to get more than we can eat every day. So we don’t think about that anymore. For us, it`s not an unusual situation.

Our brain does not have a mechanism that says:  THAT`S  ENOUGH NOW!!! It can`t just switch it off.

Realize there is heritage too. Our chromosomes decide who we are in many ways. It’s not uncommon; some of us is not effective to burn fat. Age has importance too. It’s not unusual to become more round when you are older and not skinny anymore when you were young. No matter how much you regret it.

Some studies say there can be a connection between appetite and tiredness. Meaning if you don’t sleep well or sleep too little when it can mess with your hormone balance, so you want to eat more and affect your opportunity to lose weight.

Why that long speech? It`s facts. Proven facts and if you want to lose weight, it’s good to see the bigger picture. It does not mean we are powerless and only victims to the elements. We do have the will and power to think and decide for ourselves.

Yourself

You can change your habits. You don’t need a diet. But new food items. A new way to eat.

https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2018/10/10/americas-obesity-is-threatening-national-security-according-to-this-study/

Should I lose weight?

Should you Lose weight?

Of course, you should! But my point is: It’s not up to me, community or anyone else to decide. I can’t tell you what to do. You decide for yourself. You are the king in Your own life.

Reasons

No matter what it will not happen unless you make it happen. You hold the keys to happiness. You are in charge here.

Do you feel all right?

Do you really in your heart and soul feel good been obese? Then carry on as usual. No matter what people and I think about it. Do you think you are happy doing what you are doing? You should go on.

Is it a big problem?

But does It feel like a huge problem and does it pain you every day? Do you suffer from low confidence, self-hatred, peoples negative attitude? Health issues? Then you should decide to do something about it.

How to do it

I will admit I am not a doctor or a nutrition expert. So why should you listen to me? It’s because I am in the same situation. Today my weight is about 119 kg. But a year ago it was a staggering 143 kg. Then I decided to do something about it. I don’t have a unique system. I can’t promise you will lose many pounds in a short time. It’s not necessary with a diet. It’s essential to change your habits, and that includes what you eat.

How to lose weight

You can expect to lose 2 kilos per month. It’s considered a good fat loss. Yes, it doesn’t sound much. But it means 24 kilos per year. Those kilos will never come back again. The way to do it? Eat less than you consume. So the body has to take from the supplies stored. It means fat. That’s so simple and yet so hard. How to do it? It’s about what and how much you eat and how active you are. But much more about that later.

Free your life

Make the right decision to Liberate yourself. To change and free your life