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Metabolism - Is it Anabolism or Catabolism or Both?

Paul Webb

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Metabolism. There isn’t perhaps a more frequently used word in the weight loss (and weight gain) vocabulary than this.

Indeed, it’s not uncommon to overhear people talking about their struggles – or triumphs – over the holiday bulge or love handles in terms of whether their metabolism is working, or not.

Doctors, too, often refer to metabolism when they try and explain why starvation and water-loss diets aren’t scientifically of medically responsible; since, alas, they do not influence or take into account metabolism (there’s that word again!).

So, for all of the usage that this rather daunting and biologically-charged word enjoys in our world, you’d comfortably assume that people understand it, right?

Or, at least, they have some fundamental information when it comes to how to speed up their metabolism, right?


Furthermore, many people (quite understandably) mistake their own weight gain and loss episodes as a matter of metabolic change. Sometimes this is true, and sometimes it isn’t.

Another big reason that people don’t have clear, consistent information on this topic is because, unfortunately, there are a lot of food and supplement companies on the market who don’t want you to know fact from fiction. They just want you to purchase their low fat product.

In fact, believe it or not, but many people actually gain weight when they eat too many “low fat” products. Many of these products are laden with calories from carbohydrates or proteins (which are still calories and still must be burned off or they turn into body fat).

And given the size of the nutritional field and the fact that so much of it is influenced by money-making enterprises (not all of the field, of course, but enough of it to make a difference), there’s really no sense in playing a “wait and see” game for when clear, consistent, and helpful information starts to flow out to people like us.

What we really want to know is:

What the heck a metabolism is, and what role it really plays on weight loss and gain.

The proven, scientific ways to speed up metabolism – not myths and fitness club “speculation”; but the real deal.

Specific diet and food items that promote a faster metabolism, so that once unwanted weight has been lost, it can be kept off through a responsible eating plan.

Some people think that the metabolism is a kind of organ, or a body part, that influences digestion.

Actually, the metabolism isn’t any particular body part.

It’s the process by which the body converts food into energy.

Metabolism, as mentioned above, is the process of transforming food (e. g. nutrients) into fuel (e. g. energy). The body uses this energy to conduct a vast array of essential functions.

Actually there are two distinct parts of Metabolism:

The first function is creating tissue and cells. Each moment, our bodies are creating more cells to replace dead or dysfunctional cells. This is called anabolism.

On the other hand, there is the exact opposite activity taking place in other parts of the body. Instead of building cells and tissue through metabolism, the body is breaking down energy so that the body can do what it’s supposed to do. This is called catabolism.

So as you can see, metabolism is a constant process that takes care of two seemingly opposite functions: anabolism that uses energy to create cells, and catabolism that breaks down cells to create energy.

To learn more about how these different processes work together and how calories are involved in the process visit.

Paul Webb

Paul Webb-Paul is the owner of treadmills. cc and He is a firm believer in exercise and health. He has more articles, and information on health and fitness on his websites. You can visit them at or


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