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Q:What is metabolism?
A:Metabolism is a term that in everyday language refers to the breakdown and transformation into energy of the foods we consume.
Q:What is the definition of the term "metabolic rate?"
A:Metabolic rate is the rate of energy created per unit of time.
Q:What is the name for the energy-burning aspect of metabolism?
Q:What is responsible for regulating the body's metabolism?
A:The thyroid is responsible for regulating the body's metabolism.
Q:Hypothyroidism causes metabolism to speed up. True or false?
Q:Are metabolic rates higher in people who have more muscle or more fat?
A:Those with more muscle tend to have a higher metabolic rate than people with a greater proportion of body fat.
Q:Who has the higher metabolic rate? Men or women?
Q:What can you eat to boost your metabolism?
A:Since the body uses more energy to digest and process proteins, a high-protein diet tends to raise the metabolic rate.
Q:Your metabolic rate begins to slow down as early as your 20s. True or false?
Q:To speed up your metabolism, you should eat as few calories as possible. True or false?
Q:How does a person boost metabolism?
A:To boost your metabolism, you should drink plenty of water, build muscle, and step up your workout.
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