How Lifestyle Choices Affect Our Metabolism?
The human body is endowed with self-serving systems that augment performance, functionality and sustainability. While this sounds mechanistic and one may be lured into drawing an analogy between the human body and mean machines, it is true that the human body has an edge over machines. Humans are gifted with metabolic processes to convert calories into energy. A regressive metabolic rate allows calories consumed through food and beverages to settle down in the body as fat. A proportionate metabolic rate strikes a balance between calorie intake and energy expenditure. A healthy and progressive metabolic rate converts the excess of energy over and above that required for maintaining the BMR (basic metabolic rate) to convert into expendable energy.
As humans, we are the custodians and moderators of our metabolism rates. A healthy life calls for regular conversion of calorie intake into energy expenditure, such that there is minimal consolidation of body fat. Yet challenges exist. Our lifestyle choices affect our metabolism rates and determine among many things, our dynamism and enterprise at work, body weight gain, blood sugar levels, stamina, speed, blood cholesterol levels and muscle power. Given that there is a clear proportionality between our lifestyle choices and metabolism rates, the following smart lifestyle hacks should be more than a handful in ensuring sound health.
Know The Nutritional Content of Your Food
It may appear subversive if not paradoxical, that most people, including the educated ones do not care to know about the nutritional content of food items that they eat. They also do not care to know the calorific value of the food items. Drop nurturing a compassion for ignorance of vital information on food. Read the content on the ingredients, nutritional value and calorific value of food before buying them. While processed and packaged foods are mandatorily required to share such information, one has to research on his own on whole grains, cereals and vegetables to know the specific particulars. Choose the food items that you eat with full consciousness of its effects.
Know Your Average Daily Energy Requirement
Assuming that your work involves local travel or living out of a suit case, late night stays at office, business lunches and work on the laptop for a constant number of hours, try to standardize the average daily energy requirement beyond sustaining the basic metabolic rate (BMR). Use health apps to get a meticulously researched data. Not knowing the total energy requirement is a crime. Once the average daily energy requirement for a routinized lifestyle is known, it sets the tone for nutrition advisory and diet planning in accordance with one’s lifestyle to match calorific value intake to the energy requirement for a healthy metabolism.
Choose an Exercise Routine That Benefits Your Age, Food Habits and Time Engagements
Conventional wisdom suggests that one must exercise. There are associated questions to answer before proceeding. What is your age? What are your food habits? Do you have sufficient space at home, in the garden or the terrace to exercise? Do you have a joggers’ park nearby? How long does it take to commute from your residence to the park? How much time can you devote to warm up, cardio vascular exercises and power training? There are person specific factors as well. Do you suffer from any chronic disease? Have you suffered an accident that has left a bone fractured or a muscle strained? Incorporate all these factors in scheduling your exercise routine. Doctors recommend a m