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Metabolism, digestion and the relationship with fat loss
As always, we want to reiterate our main objective: to achieve a weight loss, lose fat.

For this reason it is very important to know how to make the most of the use of fats in our body.

We already know about how to maximize fat utilization during exercise.

We will never be tired of repeating that it is necessary to move the body. Actually it is not necessary to go to the gym, but it is a duty for your health so that your heart pumps with high regime.

Walking, running, jumping, hiking, swimming, doing something! Do it for yourself! Do it for others! Do it for what you prefer, but do it!

Recalling that knowledge is power, and we need power to achieve our results, it is time to go a little deeper in the terms we need to know to achieve our goal of weight loss.

He is the first in a series of articles that will focus on the processes involved in the use of food as energy, or its storage of fat, or perhaps in its conversion to muscles.

What happened to the food I eat?
To start this interesting argument, let's define a concept in the right way. The concepts are adapted to fit our web view, focusing on diet and weight loss, stop being true.

The transformation of the macro nutrients that we obtain from food, carbohydrates, fats and proteins into energy is part of the metabolic process. This process has to use the energy stored in the ATP (adinosene triphosphate) to complete.

Metabolism: it is a step-by-step modification of the food to turn it into another product. This "new brand" product can be used in one of the ways:

  • To be stored by the cell
  • To be used immediately.

Most of the energy is produced through the Krebs cycle (citric acid cycle or Krebs cycle is part of a metabolic pathway involved in the chemical conversion of carbohydrates, fats and proteins into carbon dioxide and water for generate a form of usable energy.)

Our metabolism is 24/7/365 working days, it never stops, and it consists of the constructive phase, called anabolism and, the destructive phase, called catabolism.

Catabolism is the oxidation of biofuels to produce energy in the form of ATP. Some of this energy is lost in the form of heat, but much is captured in the chemical binding energy of ATP.

Anabolism is the synthesis of molecules (food in our case) made using the energy supplied in the form of ATP.

In simple words, anabolic processes "build" and repair organs and tissues, for example, the growth and mineralization of bones and increases in muscle mass or storage of fat are anabolic processes. To do its duty, anabolism requires the contribution of the energy used in the energy-rich adenosine triphosphate of the molecule (ATP)

On the other hand, catabolism is the main responsibility that breaks things and releases energy. Catabolism provides the energy our body needs for physical activity, from a cellular level to the movements of the entire body.

Why are these 2 terms so important?
Because they are working all day doing their particular work. While one of them build things consumes energy, and the other of energy release that will be used.

So, what about the food I eat?

It can be used as fuel, or it can be stored in the form of grease.

The metabolism is really democratic, consider all foods in the same way, it can be an apple, a cheesburger or an ice cream, but for the metabolism it is only "a product to be converted" it is just a biological fuel of our body.

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