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What is metabolism?

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Metabolism refers to the process of converting food into the energy that allows your body to function. People who have a fast metabolism use up calories more quickly than those with slower metabolisms. One way you can increase your metabolism is by exercising.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on June 26, 2016

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Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on June 26, 2016

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