Ready to press the “FASTER” button on your results!?
You probably already know that your metabolism plays a HUGE role in your results – because it affects how your body processes fuel, both how fast and how much.
Over the next few weeks we’re going to talk about PRACTICAL, ACTIONABLE STEPS you can take to fire yours up and balance it out. (I’ve also got a VERY exciting announcement! More below!)
It’s tempting to think of your metabolism as a “thing” – kind of like your body’s speedometer that controls the rate your body burns energy.
But your metabolism actually is a complex PROCESS where your body converts the food you eat into energy. It’s a series of chemical reactions that happen inside your cells.
Your own metabolic burn depends on many things. Some are outside your control … like your genetics and gender. But the great news is that you have control over a LOT of the other factors … like your activity level, sleep, and even how stressed you feel!
Here’s a fast look at 5 major factors that YOU control that play a role in how fast or how slow your metabolism is:
FOOD CHOICES – Eating a balanced, whole-foods-based diet with enough protein and fiber can help boost your metabolism and keep you feeling full. Learn about the new 2020 food label and how to handle processed foods.
WATER INTAKE – Drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day will also make a big impact! Learn how important water is for your weight loss.
EXERCISE – All workouts can help you burn more calories, even walking in your neighborhood. But, strength training and high-intensity interval training workouts can give you some bonus burn after your workout is over. Learn more about what kind of exercise you need to reach your goals.
STRESS – When you are stressed, it can affect your body’s hormones, which can, in turn, make your body burn fewer calories and store fat. Learn more about how stress affects your entire body.
SLEEP – Not getting enough sleep also affects your hormones. You can end up feeling extra hungry AND burn fewer calories (this is why I talk about sleep so much!). Check out our blogs here and here for tips on getting a better quality of sleep. Guide to Sleeping Well. Why is Sleep Important?
OTHER ACTIVITY – This is a secret weapon for metabolism! Basically, the more active you are OUTSIDE your workouts, the more calories you burn all day. It can add up fast.
Here’s the best thing that no one talks about when it comes to those 5 components: when you get them working together, not only does your metabolism rev up … but you also FEEL GREAT.
You’ll feel more energized, lighter on your feet, and you might even start to hear people comment on your healthy “glow!”
Lots more to come in the coming weeks. We’ll dive in deeper with actionable advice and pro tips to help you fire your metabolism up and keep it there!
If you’ve tried to lose weight with a healthy diet and exercise and aren’t getting the results you think you should maybe it’s time to take a deeper look into how well your metabolism is working. We offer testing designed to identity and target nutritional imbalances and boost your metabolism. Send us an email or call the clinic for more info on how you can burn more calories at rest!