The Myths surrounding the Fast and Slow Metabolism
Through months and months of training and dieting it’s surprising how ‘In Tune’ you become with your body. You become sensitive to the things that make your body ‘tick’ and how your body reacts to certain training regimes and how your body becomes in its resting state. A sure sign for knowing that my body is working at its best is when I’m constantly hungry! This relates to the fact that my body’s metabolic rate is in a good state, and that things are progressing well. A lot of people will sometimes put this down to their diet and think that they may not be eating enough, but your metabolism, which produces your ‘metabolic rate’ is the core of where the changes happen.
Your metabolism consists of all the chemical processes from which your body produces energy and uses this to build new tissue, to maintain and to also replace, which is the most important factor when you are trying to maintain and build new muscle tissue.
Your metabolic rate is the speed at which your body burns up fuel, my metabolic rate can fluctuate very often, but a sure sign for me that my rate is going well is when I’m hungry, especially soon after I’ve eaten. My body temperature is raised, I feel hungry and this very often happens after I have trained legs or after a good session of HIIT. This in turn is great as I know that my fat burning capabilities are very positive.
The Fast Metabolism
If there is one sure way to speed up your metabolism it will be to ‘get more active’, this in turn will increase your heart rate, raise your body temperature and get your metabolism rising. The younger generation are blessed with a higher metabolic rate, they are more active and always on the move which will burn calories instantly. But when trying to pack on muscle this can sometimes hinder your progress, the only way to slow down your metabolic rate is to ‘slow down’. When it comes to cardio, try walking instead of running, getting plenty of rest in between training sessions will always help.
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The Slow Metabolism
As we get older, our metabolic rate will slow down. You will notice that it can become harder and harder to ‘shift’ that weight or changes to your body shape may just not be progressing as quick as you may hope and you may sometimes feel lethargic a lot of the time.The main cause for a slow metabolism is having a low amount of muscle mass. The lower your muscle mass the less calories you burn.
There are ways that you can speed up your metabolism, introducing squats into your training routine will make a huge difference, the feeling you will get after training your legs is very noticeable. Your legs are the biggest muscle group and the biggest stimulator of our metabolic functions. With a slow metabolism you may receive slow results, so also take time to allow some high intensity cardio into your routine.
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We are all individual, we are all blessed with our own genes and so our training techniques and progress is all individual. One person may have a fast metabolism and be older and the next person may be younger but their metabolic rate may be more sluggish. Something which we can all do is recognise the signs that our bodies produce and tweak our training regime around it to produce the best results. Shock tactics to the body can be the ultimate way to change things up, get the body thinking again and get those changes that you deserve!
Reap the rewards of your hard work.