I have to admit it, I fell for it too. I fell for all the hype and hoopla that saturates our fitness culture about metabolism. I studied long and hard how to boost it, grow it, speed it up and protect it. It was the focus of any of my weight loss videos and articles and it was of great concern that none of my clients “crash” their metabolism with some stupid diet.
These days things are different. I could care less about my metabolic rate. All of my diet and exercise strategies are done for anything but metabolic benefits.
I hate it.
Hate the word itself. “Metabolism.”
Because the word “metabolism” causes so much confusion. Not just among regular people… but nutritionists, doctors and fitness trainers are just as likely to get the facts wrong when it comes to metabolism.
A plethora of information is available online in regards to the role of metabolism in weight loss. This is a source of confusion for some and a scapegoat for the extra pounds for others. Even though boosting metabolism is one of the most publicized ways of losing fat, many people don’t seem to have enough knowledge about metabolism and the role it plays in the body. So, before you can engage in any of the ways of increasing metabolism, you need to know and understand what is metabolism.
The question isn’t “what can I do to speed up my metabolism?” But “what can I do to make my body burn more fat?”
Trainers, friends, and nutrition know-it-alls love to tell you that this ingredient will boost your metabolism, or that habit will slow it down. But is there any truth to these metabolism myths?
Find out how metabolism affects the way your jeans fit, how your genes may or may not affect your metabolism—and whether eating hot peppers will help you lose weight.
It’s time you know the burning truths about your metabolism.
To find your BMR, there is no shortage of online resources and apps that will provide your BMR. Certain medical/fitness devices also provide BMR as an output during body composition analysis. However, there are a few things you should know about how BMR is calculated before diving into the first option you find.
There is no ‘three card trick’ to beat genetics. But we are each in control of ‘playing the hand’ we are dealt. Just as in other areas of life, some hands are more favourable than others. Ultimately, by consistently focusing on the ‘basics’ as explained above, we all have the ability to ‘come up trumps’ over time.
The human body requires a huge amount of energy just to function. Breathing, blinking and beating your heart requires a significant amount of energy. Just staying alive takes a lot of work. The energy your body requires to simply function is called your basal metabolic rate, and it’s different for everyone.
In theory, it seems so simple: the way to ensure weight loss is to expend more calories than you consume. But how do we know how many calories your body needs and how can we determine the appropriate calorie level that will allow weight loss to occur for YOU, as an individual? Everyone is different, and what may be an appropriate calorie level for one person may not work for someone else. To determine where to start, we first calculate your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR).
Instead of estimating metabolic rate and counting calories; meal plan, grocery shop, let your scale guide you, and monitor your daily physical activity.
When you are calculating your recommended caloric intake for weight loss, you need to factor in your age, physical activity, height, and weight. All these variables will impact your BMR.
Please do keep in mind that no BRM calculator will never be 100% accurate however as your body is constantly changing on a day to day basis. If you are injured for instance, your body will be working harder to help repair that injury and as such, you will be burning more calories because of it.