Metabolism and Muscle
One of the factors
that helps create different body types is metabolism. Some people naturally burn
more calories than others. Some bodies seem naturally designed to turn food
energy into muscle or fat while others turn this energy into fuel for exercise.
However, as your body changes, so does your metabolism. Muscle burns calories,
so a naturally heavy endomorph will find it easier to get lean as he builds more
and more muscle mass. Also, the body is very adaptable, and the literally
thousands of various metabolic processes that are going on all the time tend to
alter in response to the demands you put on them - turning protein intake into
muscle, for example, or increasing your ability to metabolize body fat for
If you are
extremely lean or extremely heavy, you should take the precaution of
having your thyroid function checked by a physician. The thyroid gland
plays a major role in regulating metabolism. When it is underactive
(hypothyroid) it is very difficult to burn off excess body fat, and when
it is overactive (hyperthyroid) putting on any additional body weight
becomes almost impossible. However, it is strongly against to use
thyroid as a means of increasing your metabolism and "cutting up"
(achieving a state of high definition) when your own thyroid levels are
within normal limits. This is dangerous in a number of ways, including
the risk that you will permanently damage your natural thyroid function.
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