It seems like everyone talking about dieting ends up discussing energy at some point or the other. But what's energy got to do with our bodies, and how does it all work in helping us lose weight? Also, do energy drinks and pills help with weight loss, and if so, is it safe to use them? Are there any other natural remedies out there that can give us energy, but spare us the complications associated with high caffeine intake?
Our Body and the Energy It Needs
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When we talk about energy for our bodies, we're actually talking about chemical compounds the cells in our bodies use to effectively feed themselves and keep themselves alive, healthy and doing their proper jobs.
For the most part, carbohydrates are the energy we're referring to; carbohydrates being sugars which the cells can transform into vitality required to perform their tasks. Also, when we talk about quantifying stamina, we refer to calories, which hare basically the 'fuel' that drives our body.
Low Energy and Its Effects
If you don't eat well and over-exhaust your body, energy levels begin to drop obviously. What's not that obvious is what happens behind the scenes. Considering that your body is not getting all the nutrients it needs, it will adjust itself and slow down metabolism.
A slow metabolism means you won't be burning as much fat from your fat reserves in order to feed the body, because the organism is in 'conservation mode'. As a consequence, you'll start gaining weight.
Here is where energy pills and drinks come into play. Most rely heavily on caffeine which can kick your metabolism into high gear. But they also make your heart work harder than it should, leading to possible heart complications and high blood pressure. Caffeine also distorts sleeping patterns which are a huge contributor to weight gain.
However, there are a lot of natural remedies out there which can increase levels of your power healthily, without negatively impacting your body. When energy levels are up, you're more likely to partake in various activities which require your body to crank up its metabolism.
Fat reserves will be used to fuel cells in order to keep up with a bigger demand in energy levels, and all of this leads to natural, healthy weight loss.