The weight loss and fitness industry is in business these days. The industry is booming and the ones who know how to benefit out of it are making the bucks. The credit goes to the fast food and junk food industry which is hell bent on making people be the worst versions of themselves and also the people who are in full support of this multinational corporation and their disease spreading mission. Long story short, the fitness industry has never been in the news as it is right now. People have finally realized the worth of their lives and are desperate to add a few extra years to their almost over life spans. And not to forget, they want to do it within a week, because hey, who has the time, right? Add unlimited access to money to this equation and boom, we have a multi-billion dollar industry. People want results faster than a Bugatti Veyron can reach from 0-100 miles per hour. Seems pretty legit, doesn’t it? Decades of crappy eating gone within a week. Sounds like paradise. Truth be told, it takes a lot more than that to lose weight and achieve that desired body you always wished for. Moreover, you need to understand your body first and how it functions in order to get the best out of it. This article ponders upon some similar basics which will help you understand your body and lose weight quickly.
Want to see the most effective and also kind of the most unorthodox weight loss guide? Check this out! However, we need to embark on a few of the basics first. You see, no matter what technique you use, at the end of the day, they all boil down to the basics of our body’s biomechanics. Let’s begin, shall we?
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For starters, you need to understand how the body burns fat. This is explained very comprehensively below –
The body is like an engine that is working constantly till the day you die. It works 24 hours, 7 days, all year around (and you thought your job was tough). Think of a steam engine (like the one they had in the movie ‘Titanic’. That burning furnace is your body’s metabolism. And the coal that was put inside of it to eventually burn off are the calories that you consume. The steam that is produced as a resultant is the energy that you get after burning those calories.
Now, think of it this way. What happens if you stop putting the coal inside the engine? There will be no energy to feed the machines, right? Yes. But our bodies are far more advanced than some engine. Our bodies have evolved over the years and unlike normal mechanical engines, they will find anything and everything in order to keep the engines running. This means that it will start feeding on itself if you fail to provide it with the coal, or in our case, the required calories.
This process of burning calories by the body in order to provide the body with the required energy for it to carry out different activities is called ‘metabolism’. And the rate at which it burns the calories you consume is called the ‘metabolic rate’.
Additional info - The metabolic rate differs from person to person and it varies with age as well. Other factors affecting the metabolism and metabolic rate are the levels of fitness, lifestyle, habitat, medical conditions and much more.
Macronutrients are an essential part of metabolism because at the end of the day they are the ones acting as fuel for the body. There are 3 basic macronutrients, namely, proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. These 3 macronutrients comprise every food available on the planet. Different compositions form different food items. Contrary to popular belief, all the three macronutrients are vital for a healthy and functional life and not just protein. Fats and carbohydrates have their own utilities, but so much when it comes to weight loss. More on that later. A small brief on the macronutrient profiles is given below –
The fat burning process is not as simple as it seems. There are various processes involved and many factors that influence the end result. It would correct to say that the fat burning process is essentially dependent on the individual’s metabolism, the level of fitness and dietary habits. Other factors such as medical conditions, drugs administered, genetic disorders, and hereditary issues do play a role as well but an extent. The fundamentals of weight loss and fat burning revolve around macronutrient utilization. Carbohydrates and fats being the primary macronutrient concerned while proteins playing a secondary role. Carbohydrates eventually break down into glucose which the body stores in the form of glycogen in the liver and muscle tissues. Glycogen is the body’s energy reserve. The idea is to burn off this stored glycogen in order to tap into the fat reserves so that the body can burn more fat. Below is a list of factors that determine how the body burns fat and how weight loss takes place.
The conclusion we come to is that carbohydrate manipulation is the key to losing weight as it is the body’s ‘go-to’ resource for energy and fat burning. Secondly, protein consumption and fat intake are also to be administered properly to maintain proper macronutrient utilization. You do not want the body to secretly use the excess protein as sugars and mess it all up from the inside, now do you?
Other factors like water manipulation are also a big part of the weight loss regime and I can tell you it is not a pretty one. But you got to do what you got to do, right?
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