How to stimulate your metabolic rate

Diet and Exercise Changes Can Affect How Your Body Uses Energy

People who participate in fitness related activities strive to build, shape and tone their bodies to achieve their goals. The primary factor affecting this change is the body’s metabolic rate.

What Is Metabolic Rate?

Your metabolic rate is the energy expended to sustain your body’s functionality. This includes the internal organs such as the heart, kidney, and stomach and all of the small cellular reactions taking place in your blood that keep your cells working so that your body can keep you alive.

Exercise

The most significant effect on metabolic rate is achieved through exercise. During moderate to vigorous activity you elevate your metabolic rate expending hundreds of additional calories. This can be accomplished by aerobic activities. The more vigorously you exercise the more calories you use per minute. Regular resistive training (weights, body weight, and medicine balls) can also help. The benefits are lower blood pressure, better endurance, stronger muscles, joints and bones. The more muscle mass you create, the more calories you burn. Every pound of muscle that you build burns an extra 50 calories of stored energy. (One pound of human fat equals 3500 calories.)

Sleep

We all know we need sleep. Apparently, good sleep helps us lose weight. Interrupted sleep increases a hormone in our bodies called “ghrelin” that increases appetite. So try and get your 6-8 hours a night. Read a book before you sleep. Practice meditation and gentle stretching before you go to bed. It can help relax you and you’ll enjoy a deep and restorative night’s sleep.

Diet

Eat small regular meals.

Eating small meals or snacks at regularly timed intervals seems to result in a slightly higher metabolism. The reasoning is that if someone eats small meals consisting of a balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats their metabolism burns energy more evenly over the course of a day. Skipping meals or making the wrong food choices can alter your metabolism making it erratic and confusing your body as to how it is to process energy. If you are changing your eating habits to eat more frequently please make sure you are not adding calories to the change.

Consume protein

It takes more calories to digest protein. A high protein diet intake may also reduce hunger. Why? Sugars in the diet (carbohydrates) stimulate the pancreas. The pancreas produces insulin. Insulin is the chemical hormone that your body produces to facilitate the uptake of sugar into our bodies. Replace high carbohydrates and empty calorie foods with proteins such eggs, fish, nonfat diary products and lean meats. The correct balance of non-meat sources such as whole grains, minimally processed, soy based foods as well as rice and beans may also create complete proteins.

Avoid restrictive dieting

Limiting caloric intake too severely can decrease your resting metabolic rate. A reaction known as the “somatic response” your body goes into energy conservation mode. In other words, it slows down to cope with the food decrease. This response creates a yo-yo response to your metabolism speeding it up and down and making it difficult for your body to kick start your energy burning center (i.e. Muscles). As illustrated before, eat small regular meals throughout the day and you’ll be more likely to burn stored energy more effectively.

Summary

Enjoy flavorful foods and small portions of food. Increase your exercise intensity aerobically and participate in regular strength training 3-4 x week, Practice these things consistently and you’ll soon see your body the way you want it to be.

Abu Pigott D.C.

www.nextlevelpersonaltraining.com

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One Response

  1. 🙂

    Good read! Thank you!

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