There has always been a debate on whether the diet followed by various people has different effects on the metabolism of their body. It has been seen by scientists that the relationship between diet and metabolism is actually quite interesting depending on various factors.
One of the foremost reasons why diet and metabolism is related can be seen when a person loses weight but regains it after some time, this is in direct relation with metabolism of the body.
To understand the relation between diet and metabolism, it is better you have to know what is diet and metabolism individually.
What is diet?
Diet is the name given to the process of utilizing food by animals or plants. It is the process or act of being nourished or nourishing by utilization of food source in nature.
Generally diet is referred to as being on a diet that which means weight reduction or related to any other medical condition but instead it is the general term of using food as a source of nutrition to the body.
Another widely used term is ‘balanced diet’ which refers to the intake of various kinds of nutrition from different sources to be used by the body as energy such as proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, water, etc.
A balanced diet is the most recommended and prescribed type of diet in the world for either healthy or malnourished people.
What is metabolism?
Metabolism is the collective process of various chemical reactions that takes place inside the cells of our body to produce energy. Metabolism converts the food we eat into the energy that is required by the various organs in our body to function properly.
It is also a continuous process that starts with the embryo and finally stops when we die and it is a process that is common with all living beings on the planet.
Relationship between diet and metabolism
- Reducing your diet intake can and will slow down the metabolism rate in our body so that the body can preserve energy and not starve itself immensely.
- Increasing your diet intake will however not increase the metabolism rate but instead will store the excess food that we know as fats. But there is an exception when we exercise the metabolism rate goes higher as the body goes into overdrive to provide energy, this is when increasing diet will not have severe weight gain or fat saturation.
- Eating small meals throughout the day increases metabolism as our body is able to process smaller meals faster and more efficiently thereby resulting in no weight gain or fat saturation.
- Drinking water along with diet helps in increased metabolism because water acts as the catalyst when it comes to converting food and nutrients to energy. Water also makes the fibers in our stomach swell up thereby making us feel more satisfied.
- A diet to reduce weight or burn fat will only work when the metabolism of the body is increased significantly. Increased metabolism is the only way to burn stored fats in the body.
It has been seen and can be proved easily that diet and metabolism have quite an interesting relationship that goes a long way to help us with either gaining weight or losing weight at any given point of time. In most instances, diets can determine the metabolism rate in our body, although it is not the ultimate determining factor.