Content Summary:
1. Metabolism is all the chemical reactions that occur within the body. It also includes anabolism and catabolism. Anabolism is the chemical reactions that result in energy storage and occur constantly in the cells.. Catabolism is the chemical reactions that result in energy liberation through hydrolization of molecules working with the reactions of cell respiration. Anabolic reactions include those that synthesize protein, glycogen, triglycerides, DNA, RNA and other polymers. Exercising and fasting increase the catabolism of stored glycogen, fat and body protein. Some of the monomers formed are used to resynthesize body protein,, glycogen and fat. Some of the fatty acids and glucose are used to provide energy for cell respiration. Anabolism and catabolism are opposites yet they work together.
2. An enzyme is a protein catalyst that causes the rate of certain chemical reactions to increase. Enzymes work with other organism to create a chemical reaction to release energy that they cannot do by themselves. Because enzymes are catalysts, they make reactions occur quickly. Enzymes also regulate metabolic pathways and by responding to changes within the cells' environment or to other cells.
3. The basal metabolic rate ( BMR) is the rate of metabolism under resting or basal conditions 8 to 12 hours after eating and is expressed in oxygen consumption or heat production. The BMR is determined by a person's age, sex, and body surface area with a strong influence by thyroid secretion.

1. My BMR is 1530.6
2. My Daily Calorie Needs is 2,000 calories
3. Things I can do to increase my BMR is to exercise more often per week and for longer time periods. Exercising raises the BMR and I would burn more calories. In order for me to lose weight, I would need to increase my exercise and cut my calorie intake.

Essential Question:

1. The product I chose is one that I had used 4 years ago for weight loss. The company's name is Time to Spa. The following is from their website:

Elemis Enhancement Program 3 months detoxification and revitalization plan

Experience the Elemis difference in body detox programs. This 3 month body detox program will cleanse the body of toxins while promoting weight loss and increased energy.
This Body Cleanse Detoxification Program includes:
  • Elemis Cal-Metab Capsules: helps increase the bodys ability to burn up calories by balancing metabolism and may be used for weight loss and cellulite reduction. It cleanses the blood while supplying essential vitamins and minerals, including a high content of organic iodine that helps balance thyroid - necessary in helping the body burn off excess fat and regulate the texture of the skin.
  • Elemis Deep Drainage Capsules: gently stimulates and helps eliminate toxins and improve sallow complexions.
  • Elemis Silhouette Capsules: helps to effectively purify the blood and increase the body's fat burning ability.
  • Elemis Vitality Capsules: helps improve energy levels, increase stamina, stimulates circulation, and combats tiredness.

Iodine is needed by the thyroid to work efficiently. Consumption of iodine in our diets is minimal, so the thought is that ingesting more iodine will help the thyroid function better.
This system along with an approximate 1700 calorie intake per day helped me lose quite a few pounds:)

2. Crash diets do not work on a physiology level because when we take in fewer calories, our bodies adjust by lowering our metabolic rate, which allows calories to be burned at a much slower rate, and weight loss does not happen.

References: Human Physiology by Stuart Ira Fox,,,