What is metabolism?
Put simply, metabolism is the process by which our body converts food into energy. During this complex biochemical process, calories in food and beverages are combined with oxygen to release the energy your body needs to function. Even when you’re at rest, your body needs energy for all its “hidden” functions, such as breathing, circulating blood, adjusting hormone levels, and growing and repairing cells. The number of calories your body uses to carry out these basic functions is known as your basal metabolic rate — what’s referred to as metabolism.
Why would you want to raise yours?
The higher your metabolism, the more calories you burn at rest. So if you’re trying to lose fat, increasing your metabolism is a huge help. It’s actually a bit tougher than you think, and even though some foods are purported to help boost metabolism, like chillies, cinammon and green tea – the amounts they help are fairly minimal – as with most things, there’s no magic fix it really boils down to: increasing the amount of exercise you do, and eating healthy, unprocessed foods.
Can you boost your metabolism?
As counter intuitive as it might seem, eating fewer calories while doing 5 days of HIIT a week is NOT going to help you:
👉🏼 Burn Fat
👉🏼 Build Muscle
👉🏼 Get Leaner
👉🏼 Speed Up Your Metabolism
You might see some changes immediately in the short term, but over the long run, you’ll find yourself in a plateau and possibly even putting weight ON instead of leaning out.
INSTEAD, focus on:
1. Lifting heavy weights: Lifting weights BUILDS muscle. 500g of muscle burns more calories throughout the day than 500g of fat. So basically you can burn more calories just by doing nothing
2. Eating more healthy calories: Your body will ADAPT to what you’re feeding it. If you’re giving it fewer and fewer calories to sustain itself, it will become more efficient by slowing down your metabolism. If you feed and nourish it properly, it will use that energy properly.
3. Getting lots of sleep: Your metabolic rate will slow down when you get fewer hours of sleep. Sleep deprivation can also make you hungry – and not for healthy foods either!
Age and gender also effects metabolism. If you would like to find out about your body composition, ie. how much of your body is fat compared to muscle. Hiscoes is offering you the opportunity on Monday September 9th. Scans will provide you with information such as:
- Total body water
- Protein – Mineral
- Fat Free Mass
- Soft Lean Mass
- Muscle Fat Analysis
- Skeletal muscle mass
- Body fat mass
- Body mass index (BMI)
- Percentage of body fat (PBF)
- Segmental lean analysis
- Body water analysis
- Segmental fat analysis
Email PT@hiscoes.com.au to book a spot or find out more details.