WHAT IS METABOLISM & METABOLIC CLOCK ?
WHAT IS METABOLISM ?--
1-Metabolism is a term that is used to describe all chemical reactions involved in maintaining the living state of the cells and the organism.
2-Metabolism can be conveniently divided into two categories:---
2-1-Catabolism - the breakdown of molecules to obtain energy,.the energy-releasing process where large molecules from our food, such as carbohydrates, fats and proteins, are broken down to smaller molecules to provide immediate energy for the body. This energy provides fuel for processes such as heating the body and allows our muscles to move.
2-2-Anabolism - the synthesis of all compounds needed by the cells ;the process whereby energy is used to support the growth of new cells and to maintain our body tissues, and energy is stored as fat.
3-Metabolism is closely linked to nutrition and the availability of nutrients. Energy formation is one of the vital components of metabolism.
4-The diet needs essential nutrients like carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur, and around 20 other inorganic elements. The major elements are supplied in carbohydrates, lipids, and protein. In addition, vitamins, minerals and water are necessary.
5-Our metabolic rate is influenced by various factors including, age, gender, weight, physical activity and health issues.
6-Metabolism refers to the physical and chemical processes that occur in the body which keep us functioning normally in order to stay alive, such as breathing, blood circulation and nerve function. To carry out these processes, our body converts energy from the food we eat. Chemicals in our digestive system break down food into fuel, which is either used immediately or stored in the body's tissues.
7-The energy (kilojoules) we expend over a day in order to survive is called our basal or resting metabolic rate. Although you can't control your metabolism, it can be stimulated during exercise.
8-Hormones and the nervous system control our metabolism. When we consume food, digestive enzymes break down carbohydrates, fats and proteins into a form that the body can use for growth or energy.
WHAT IS METABOLIC CLOCK ?
1-Your metabolism is linked to nature’s rhythms via your internal body clock. The daily cycle of sunrise and sunset triggers the release of hormones in the human body that manage appetite, energy, mood and sleep.
2-However, modern living and lifestyle patterns have dramatically altered our ability to respond to nature’s cues. This can result in a slow metabolism, weight gain and a general lack of energy.
3-When you are out of sync with nature’s rhythms, nothing feels right.Think of your metabolism like a miniature sun. At sunrise it’s waking up, it gathers momentum and is at its peak at midday, then i
4-Now relate this to the modern lifestyle pattern of a late breakfast or no breakfast at all, a late lunch and a large dinner at night. With this eating pattern, you are eating most of your food during your metabolism’s slowest cycle. Your body has to work hard to digest the food and you may wake up feeling very sluggish and tired.
5-The no-diet way to a slimmer, more energised you.The Metabolic Clock shows you what to eat and when in order to speed up your metabolism and burn body fat for fuel while making it easy to shed excess kilos.
6-Your body requires carbohydrates during the day to provide energy and protein and vegetables to build and repair at night. If you eat carbohydrates at night, when not much energy is needed, your body will store this excess energy as fat while you sleep.
7--On the other hand, if you go to bed without eating many carbohydrates then the reverse will happen – your body will burn fat for energy while you sleep. You can give your body the best ingredients it needs for a healing sleep with a meal of protein and vegetables in the early evening.
8- Balance your metabolic clock with the six natural cycles that manage appetite, energy, mood and sleep.
THE SIX NATURAL CYCLES TO BALANCE METABOLIC CLOCK;---
Cycle Time------ Name of Cycle--------- Task to follow-------
1-06 am to 10 am-- Gaining momentum- Wake-up at sunrise and rehydrate your body. Eating breakfast cranks up the digestive furnace and gets your metabolism moving. An early breakfast will provide fuel for the day’s activities.
2-10 am to 02 pm--- Metabolising food------ Eat fruit mid-morning to speed up your metabolism and fill your body with life-giving enzymes. A nourishing meal close to midday when your metabolism is most active will provide your body with the fuel it needs for an energetic afternoon.
3-02 pm to 06 pm---- Feeling energised---- If hungry, have a mid-afternoon protein snack. Do energetic exercise or walk to burn off excess fuel from the carbohydrates eaten during the day.
4-06 pm to 10 pm--- Relaxing and winding down--- Your metabolism naturally slows down at sunset so eat an early evening meal of protein and vegetables; the build and repair foods. By eliminating or minimising your carbohydrates at this time, you won’t store them as body fat while you sleep. Your body also releases sleep hormones in this cycle, so get yourself to bed before 10 pm to support deep, healing sleep.
5-10 pm to 2 am-- Rejuvenation and healing-- This sleep cycle especially the hours before midnight – rejuvenates your adrenals, balances your hormones and heals your body.
6-02 am to 06 am-- Creative dreaming & visualisation-- Have a pen and paper next to your bed to capture any creative thoughts if you wake during this dreamy sleep cycle or get up early and meditate. Choose to get up early so that your metabolism can get moving. Sleeping late in the morning leads to feeling lethargic and slow.
7-The metabolic clock is your internal body clock, which cues (a desired starting point)you to be in balance with nature’s rhythms so that you have the right energy at the right time to perform the functions of your daily life comfortably and easily. In recognising this natural 24-hour cycle you can maximise your metabolism for peak digestion, burn body fat more easily and have more energy for daily living.A balanced metabolic clock will have you feeling inspired, energised and empowered. ........SHIVOHAM.....