The Importance Of Metabolism To Your Health

In our body, production of energy take place to transform stored sugar and fat reserves. Metabolism can be used to decrease fat deposits.

Two comments first: in order to simplify the described metabolic processes certain interrelations were slightly shortened. Also, we would like to put this topic in a lively manner and avoid that our own bodyfat and sugar reserves* are classified as some soulless energy suppliers. Instead we imagine them as small annoying troublemakers which give us a real hard time.

Let’s just call them “Fatty” and ”Sweety”. At first glance Fatty seems to be primarily responsible for our figure problems. On closer inspection we notice that Sweety is a sly old dog and is just as bad as Fatty!

The basics about the Duo Infernale

Both fat and sugar are converted to energy by our metabolism. In part this is done directly with food intake, this process also continues when we are not eating. During this time Fatty and Sweety are put aside and used again when necessary for the production of energy.

In order that the body quickly has access to its two energy suppliers at first the liver and the muscles are filled up. Once the muscles are saturated and there is still more fat and sugar in the blood stream, it comes to something that might be called “energy storage.”

This is were the fat deposits will be enriched. The hormone insulin plays a critical role in this context. As soon as Sweety “rushes around” in large quantities in our blood stream our body distributes to much insulin. This messenger substance has the task to “open the fat cells” among others.

Fatty has waited for this moment: he takes this opportunity to slip in quickly and makes himself comfortable there. But it gets worse! During this entire process the excess sugar is transformed into fat and then stored in the cells. Metaphorically speaking this means: If we eat dry bread our fat deposits grow!


Right move!

The key question of course is how to get the fat out of the deposits again? The answer: by the correct movement. To understand why the right kind of movement is so crucial, one must know the following backgrounds. Sugar and fat are in principle also metabolized for energy. However there are some factors determining the ratio in which the body utilizes both of them. Fatty specifically is decreased when  training in low intensity.

With increased intensity (higher heart rate) the sugar quantity which is burnt grows. The consequence: the fat consumption is reduced. So, to activate the fat metabolism, it is best to train in low intensity. Ideally three times per week, approximately 30 minutes each time. For example, the HYPOXI-Training sessions are based on this principle.

* Sugar in this context represents all carbohydrates. Also manifestations such as glucose or glycogen are classified under the term “sugar”.


Food myth revealed: Is dinner making us fat?

It is a myth that calories absorbed in the evening store as fat more easily. In the Mediterranean countries people eat extensively in the evening and yet the population, on an average are not more overweight compared to other European countries. In addition there is a comprehensive nutritional study with 7000 participants who have been observed over a period of more than 10 years.

Here, there is no difference, that has been determined between the ”late eaters” and all others.

The message is clear: only the daily consumed total calorie quantity is responsible for weight increase or weight reduction, but not the time of food intake. However, metabolic processes form part of the bio-rhythm and important regeneration processes take place during sleep.

That is why it is advisable to renounce from high carbohydrates and high-fat meals, so not to impede the night time cell regeneration.