Metabolism or metabolic rate is defined as the series of chemical reactions in a living organism that create and break down energy necessary for life. More simply, it’s the rate at which your body expends energy or burns calories. Learning how to balance this with diet and exercise will give you an exact idea of where the calories are going and if the hard work you are putting in is actually paying off. There are three different ways the body burns calories. First your Basic Metabolic Rate, or BMR, is the amount of calories burned by your body just to continue basic functions. The second way is through daily activities-like walking,carrying things or lifting objects. The third way is from exercise-where you are exerting more energy and burning more calories with working your body above and beyond a normal energy level. Learning how to observe and control the metabolic levels in your body you will be able to apply it to weight loss along with physical activity and calorie control, understanding your metabolic rate can be key to help you live a healthy and fulfilling life.