In general, we know how to lose weight. Watch a show like The Biggest Loser and what do they do? Exercise a lot, eat less, and choose healthier foods than what they were eating when they came into the game. The formula is not really a mystery, but what people don’t realize is that weight loss and metabolism have much more to do with other factors than the basic formula of calories in vs. calories out.
This formula only works for a while because A. You don’t want to be counting calories the rest of your life B. As metabolism becomes more efficient or balanced, your body is depending more on the nutrient density of the calories as opposed to how many of them you are consuming.
What is metabolism?
Basically, it is the breakdown and build-up of tissues in the body at the cellular level. In a healthy body this happens in balance, breaking down toxins and wastes, and building up and storing healthy efficient cells and tissues, like muscles and bones. When your metabolism is not working efficiently, not only do you feel sluggish, but the breakdown or elimination of toxins, pathogens – yeasts and fungus, as well as excess food byproducts, build up and can cause “weight gain”.
There are many causes of “slow” or inefficient metabolism. For some people it can be linked to one specific issue, but in most cases it is a combination of reasons, and therefore it makes finding the solution for permanently shedding those “unwanted pounds” frustrating, and a challenge. Let’s be realistic, this requires patience, education, trial and error, dedication, and will power. So let’s take this one step at a time.
You have to exercise – this we know, right!?
When you do cardio you “speed” your metabolism by increasing the functions of the body that break down and release toxins:
- Respiratory – breath
- Heat – sweat/perspiration
- Heart rate – increased circulation of blood and lymph
Additionally, you burn calories for energy at a high rate during and after the activity. When you add muscle (strength training) you are building tissues that act like furnaces in your body and keep metabolism active. The less muscle tissue you have, the “slower” your metabolism will be.
Do cardio, and if you are already, increase the intensity and or duration. Lift weights / build muscle, if you are already, increase weight, duration, or repetitions.
Your assignment is to assess your exercise routine and step it up if it applies to you!
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