Do I have a slow metabolism?
IS YOUR METABOLIC RATE SOMETHING SOMETHING YOU SHOULD WORRY ABOUT?
When I work with a weight-loss client; and any client for that matter, our goal is to increase lean mass. I talk to clients about the importance of more muscle mass on the body, and the reasons extend past just feeling stronger or enjoying our t-shirt muscles. More lean mass, or more muscle – requires more calories to maintain.
WITH THAT IN MIND WE SHOULD TALK ABOUT OUR METABOLIC RATE.
A frequent barrier to weight loss I see in the studio is a slow metabolic rate and how that affects your ability to lose body fat. A low metabolic rate can be affected by a variety of factors including your job, sex, age and activity level – but increasing your metabolic rate is possible. The advice around this can seem counter-intuitive – I’ll often ask you to eat more. Or at least consistently.
In this blog I’ve shared an article by Examine.com – it’s a comprehensive look at what contributes to your metabolic rate and what you can do to increase it and improve your ability to process energy.
Check out the article here: Is my slow metabolism stalling my weight loss?
By combining good nutrition and exercise you can increase your ability to process energy and raise your resting metabolic rate (RMR). Have you ever noticed that one friend who seems to be able to eat anything they like? They probably have a high RMR. It might not have always been that way!
Some interesting points from this article:
- PROTEIN REQUIRES MORE ENERGY TO DIGEST THAN FAT AND CARBOHYDRATE. 10% OF YOUR TOTAL DAILY ENERGY EXPENDITURE COMES FROM DIGESTING FOOD…!
- CUTTING CALORIES DRASTICALLY RISKS SLOWING YOUR METABOLISM, AS YOUR BODY FIGHTS TO RECOVERY ENERGY STORES.
- EXERCISE CAN INCREASE YOUR RESTING METABOLIC RATE. ACTIVITY CAN COUNT FOR 15 – 50% OF YOUR TOTAL DAILY ENERGY EXPENDITURE!
Our focus in the studio is to create a nutritional blueprint that supports your level of training, and allows you to recover from exercise. One of the forms of measurement that we will use together is recording your strength and energy in exercise. This includes the exercise in your training plan, and spontaneous movement – all contributing towards an effective metabolic rate and will be conducive to weight loss.
Increasing this is integral to your results. Focus on your ability to move, your ability to recover, and your ability to progress.
That will bring you results.