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What Is The Metabolism?
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 11:39 am Email this article
On top of everything else people have to worry about, the confusion in the media has got people worrying about their metabolism, as though the word meant their destiny, character or value. I hear over and over again, "My husband can eat anything he wants because he has a fast metabolism." Implication: life is unfair so I can be forgiven for getting fat. There is so much wrong with that. Obesity is a health issue, not a moral one. It is a matter of mistaken ideas and self-injury. It’s not about wrong ideas or bad behavior. Please see the difference.
Or people say, "I hear you must eat frequent meals to keep your metabolism up." What in gods name are these people talking about? The word metabolism means "all the chemical processes that occur within the body resulting in energy production and growth". That’s not what people are talking about.
They are really talking about the metabolic rate, not metabolism itself. The metabolic rate is the amount of heat generated by the body per unit of food absorbed. The rate is determined by four things: age, gender, muscle mass and body temperature (or thyroid state). The rate has nothing to do with whether you eat frequent meals or take special supplements.
People think fat people have a slow metabolism and skinny people have a fast one. The opposite is true. Fat people have a faster metabolism because carrying extra weight, they build extra muscle.
American women expect to gain weight after menopause; but menopause itself has nothing to do with the four parameters above. On the World Health Organization website there is a breakdown of average weight for each age, for different nations. In rich countries, weight increases smoothly with age; there is no increase in slope with menopause.
By the way, an extremely well-done, long-term Danish study, just out, shows that taking an estrogen supplement after menopause to reduce hot flashes and improve quality of life (A) reduces heart attacks, heart failure and death and (B) does not increase cancers at all. This study was so much better done than the so-called Million Women study in the U.S. that you cannot reasonably continue to believe that PMERT is bad for you.
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