When it comes to nutrition, every dieter dreads the elusive workings of the ‘M’ word.
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Metabolism has had every diet freak in a tizzy, with its unpredictable ups and downs. While the world goes on to ponder the mysterious workings of one’s metabolic rate, this article shall provide some food for thought.
Did you know that you tend to burn calories even when you’re not working out? The body converts fat into energy, to fuel its functions and the calories stored in the body provide us with this energy. The level of fat-burning depends upon the type of activity being done. You burn more calories running around than just working at a desk. Nonetheless, the body is like a machine which needs an inexhaustible source of energy to run. So even when you’re at rest, you’re still burning calories.
We are constantly berated by nutritionists to maintain a healthy diet and exercise. Why? Because the rule of thumb to losing weight is burning more calories than you can consume. This, in turn, helps maintain a high metabolic rate.
For every 3,500 calories burnt, our weight drops by 50 grams. To that end, 20 minute walk burns 100 calories; a half hour swim burns 500 calories. The increase in physical activity is, thus, directly proportional to the metabolic rate and amount of calories that you burn.