In this easy-to-follow instructable I'm gonna show you how you can speed-up your metabolism (and even lose some weight in the process) with some very basic guidelines and simple steps, just by eating and drinking what you always have been, not by some miracle diets or dangerous experimental procedures or drugs.
If you follow the steps and guidelines of this instructable, you'll get / be able to:
1. Eat large amounts of food and not get fat at all.
2. Lose some weight.
3. Less laziness.
4. Less prone to get sick.
5. Healthier and more efficient body.
6. A good-looking aesthetic body.
I'm also gonna clarify some myths about food, weight-loss and exercise related stuff.
NOTE: I am not gonna go very deep into nutrition, like complete diets or food programs. Diets/food programs don't work the same for everyone. If a particular diet worked for your friend, chances are it won't work the same for you, everyone has a different body. Consult your dietician for more info on this.
Step 1: The Basics
Metabolism comes from the greek metabolé, wich means change, transformation, what cells experiment in our body when they change from organic substances to energy, in order to fulfill the vital functions of the body.
To put it simple, the metabolism is the speed with which the body converts food into energy, it can do so quickly or slowly. When it happens quickly, it usually means no significant weight increase, because everything we eat is processed quickly and doesn't store nutrients as fat, thus causing the weight and volume to stay steady.
In the other case, when the metabolism is slow, the nutrients exceed the normal requirements of the body, so they go into storage - as fat. The metabolism is a very complex process, but we're gonna keep it simple as to only focus on the fat reserves and how we can control them.
Now, we all know what calories are: A calory is a unit that measures how much energy a food provides to the body. The more calories you eat, the more energy you put into the body, but you need to provide the right amount or otherwise the excess energy goes into storage. The measure of the rate at wich a given person burns energy in the form of calories at rest (ie, while you sit and do nothing), is called Basal Metabolism.
The speed of the basal metabolism is regulated by a number of factors. To some extent, basal metabolism is inherited, passed from parents to childs through genes, but sometimes health problems can affect the basal metabolism and its efficacy (we'll talk about this ahead). This doesn't mean that you can't change it's speed, there are still many ways to accelerate it.
Ok, enough chatter, let's get to work.