Metabolism

The body’s metabolism is what converts calories into energy.

Every time we eat our drink, our body uses those calories to fuel itself. Put simply, those calories combine with oxygen to create the energy the body needs to function. The faster our metabolism, the faster we burn calories.

While many believe metabolism is to blame (or thank) for body weight, how many calories we eat and our level of physical activity have more of an impact.

Though some experts say we don’t have much control over our metabolism, there are numerous studies that support the idea that some small changes (like drinking green tea, or amping up workout intensity) can increase the rate at which our bodies burn calories[1][2].

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Our bodies are always burning energy, but sometimes they need a little boost. Read on to find out how to get that metabolism movin’— it could be easier than we think.

Stay away from carbs, or opt out of protein shakes? According to new research, when it comes to gaining body fat, calories may matter more than the type of food.

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Lifting weights might have more advantages than you’d think, including lowered risk of disease, revved up metabolism, and improved self-esteem. So read on, grab some dumbbells, and get pumping!

Stay away from carbs, or opt out of protein shakes? According to new research, when it comes to gaining body fat, calories may matter more than the type of food.

Our bodies are always burning energy, but sometimes they need a little boost. Read on to find out how to get that metabolism movin’— it could be easier than we think.

A new study found two minutes of sprinting revs up the metabolism as much as 30 minutes of endurance exercise. So should we all swap the long runs for some sprints?

GUEST POST: In an exclusive excerpt from Strength and Conditioning Research's new "Background" research collection, Chris Beardsley explains the latest research on energy systems and fitness.

A new study suggests we might be able to predict weight gain based on what we exhale.

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Works Cited

  1. Metabolic effects of green tea and of phases of weight loss. Diepvens K, Kovacs EM, Vogels N, et al. Maastricht University, Department of Human Biology, Maastricht, The Netherlands. Physioloy and Behavior, 2006 Jan 30;87(1):185-91.
  2. Metabolic profile of high intensity intermittent exercises. Tabata I, Irisawa K, Kouzaki M, et al. Department of Physiology and Biomechanics, National Institute of Fitness and Sports, Kanoya City, Japan. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 1997 Mar;29(3):390-5.