Importance of Metabolism


Metabolism is the natural process whereby the food and beverages consumed are converted by the body to energy. Even when you’re resting, your body requires energy for respiratory and circulatory functions as well as to adjust hormone levels, and to grow and repair cells.


Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) refers to the number of calories from food and beverages ingested that are needed to support most bodily functions. The breaking down of ingested calories from the protein, fat and carbohydrates you consume provide the energy your body needs.


BMR is based on a person’s size, sex and age and varies from one individual to another. Generally, larger people and those with large amounts of muscle burn more calories. Men tend to have more muscle and less fat compared to women of the same age and weight, burning more calories than their female counterparts. As people age, muscle amount usually decreases as well as Brown Adipose Tissue, accelerating the accumulation of more body fat.  Correspondingly, more body weight slows down the burning of calories. Your BMR represents 70 percent of the calories you burn each day.


Thermogenesis is the term that applies to the way that calories are used in the digestion, absorption, transporting and storing of the food and beverages consumed, approximately 100 to 800 calories per day.


Exercise and other physical activity – sports participation, running and walking account for the calories you burn each day. The more rigorous these activities are, the greater the number of calories burned.


Impact of metabolism and weight loss – In attempting to lose weight, increasing metabolism is a vital part of a weight loss management program.



Diet and Nutrition


The diet followed for weight loss needs to include appropriate amounts of essential foods that supply chemicals that the body is not able to synthesize. Speak with your physician/health care professional about a diet that provides uncompromised vitamin and mineral intake as found in:


Carbohydrates such as rice, wheat, bread, potatoes and pasta are essential sources of energy that yield glucose, essential to body tissues. Carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, sulfur and other inorganic elements supplied by carbohydrates are important.


Lipids and Fats, which provide more than two times the energy supplied by carbohydrates and protein. They comprise part of the structure of cells; form a protective cushion and heat insulation around vital organs and carry fat soluble vitamins. They also provide for reserve storage of energy. Your diet should focus on essential, unsaturated fatty acids and avoid saturated fats which are implicated in coronary diseases.


Proteins that serve as the chief tissue builders and part of every cell in the body. They help to make hemoglobin in the blood that carries oxygen to the cells; form antibodies that fight infection; and supply nitrogen for DNA and RNA genetic materials.


Your physician/health care professional can provide information about the minerals and vitamins that are required to maintaining a healthy BMR. You need a balance of the nutrients found in foods that include these crucial elements to promote and maintain good health.





Exercise plays an important role in maintaining a healthy weight, so combined with a healthy diet and Capsiate Gold™ to increase your metabolism*, exercise can help you achieve and maintain your goal.


You need to do what’s necessary to have your heart and lungs work harder. Keep in mind that exercise can be everyday activities such as taking the stairs, parking your car at a longer distance from your destination, mowing the lawn, raking leaves, or simply throwing a ball and joining your own or neighborhood youngsters in a vigorous game.


It’s really mandatory that you check with your physician before embarking on any exercise program. Based on any medical condition and whether or not physical activity has been part of your lifestyle, your physician/weight loss management professional can assist you in recommending the exercise program that is right for you.


Changing from a sedentary lifestyle to participation in daily physical activity of consequence may sound exceptionally challenging for some. But even for those who are not accustomed to exercising daily, just a few minutes a day is good way to start. The time spent walking, running, swimming, cycling, lifting weights, using exercise equipment or following a program designed for you at your local gym can be gradually increased.


The benefits of exercise go well beyond burning more calories as part of a weight loss management program.


According to medical sources, exercise improves the quality of life in other significant areas.

  • Helps manage and control many health problems such as lowering blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides and controlling type 2 diabetes; exercise has also been known to help cancer and arthritis sufferers
  • Improves mood, providing relief after a stressful day; stimulating brain chemicals that leave you happier and more relaxed
  • Boosts energy, improving muscle strength; helping to deliver oxygen and nutrients to tissues; allowing heart and lungs to work more efficiently so there’s more energy for must-do daily chores


*Excerpted from, Virtual Chembook, Elmhurst College, and





Tips on Effective Weight Management


There are three key components to any successful weight management program. They are: a healthy diet of fewer calories than you have been previously accustomed to consuming; commitment to regular exercise, preferably intense; and increasing your metabolism.


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