From the Desk of Dr. Len
3 Things About Your Metabolism
Dr. Len Lopez – Wednesday, November 16, 2016
There are 3 things you need to know about Revving your Metabolism.
First, marketers of products and gadgets have created the belief that you can rev or speed up your metabolism by taking this-or-that, in order to lose weight.
Secondly, exercise is really the only thing that will raise your metabolism. The more intense the workout – the longer/stronger ‘After Burn’ your metabolism will sustain.
Walking and any other form of aerobic exercise is very helpful, and it will increase your metabolism by increasing this “after-burn’ effect.
However, it’s that more intense workout or high intensity interval training (weight lifting, sprinting, HIIT, etc.) that will give you a 2 to 3 times longer ‘after-burn’ of your metabolism, than what aerobic exercise gives.
Lastly, your metabolism is controlled by hormones, which triggers your body to burn calories from either carbohydrates, proteins or fats. some hormones trigger your body to burn fats
some trigger your body to store fats
other hormones tell your body to burn carbs and or proteins.
You can burn calories till the ‘cows come home’ but if you are constantly triggering your metabolism to burn carbs and proteins (lean muscle) instead of stored body fat – you will constantly struggle with weight gain, fatigue, cravings, mood swings, plateaus, and CELLULITE!
So don’t get so hung up on revving your metabolism. The bigger problem I see with patients and clients is that their metabolism has shifted and they are starting to burn more carbs and lean muscle, Not Stored Body Fats.
Remember, a calorie is simply a measurement of heat. In “To Burn or Not to Burn – Fat is the Question” I talk about how your metabolism is a lot like a fireplace andthat carbs, proteins and fats are a lot like twigs, small branches and logs. The point is you can create a lot of heat by constantly burning twigs and small branches – but we don’t have a huge reservoir of carbs and lean muscle to draw on.
The important thing about burning ‘fats/logs’ is that everyone has a large reservoir of fats. Plus they give us a lot more heat/energy then burning carbs and proteins. So don’t get hung up on reving your metabolism – make sure your metabolism hasn’t shifted.
Use our online health quiz to Test Your Metabolismand see if yours has shifted.
What controls those hormones are diet, exercise and STRESS. The wrong diet, the wrong workout and or the inability to manage your stress hormones (cortisol and adrenaline) is what throws off your metabolism and causes you to hit a plateau.
Use the online health quizzes to see how STRESS could be effecting your metabolism.