Many can lay claim to making it easy for people to understand the science behind getting fit but very very few ever really deliver. And among them is leading fitness expert and certified nutritionist, Sarah Bowmar. Don’t believe us? Just head on over to her blog and check out all the amazing articles she’s written there.
Speaking of articles, she’s recently published an amazing one that talks about increasing one’s metabolism, and in the spirit of helping you save time, we’ve taken what we personally think are four of the most essential points from the said article and enumerated them here for your easy reference:
1. Everyone has metabolism
Metabolism, in its most basic definition, is the process of converting the food and drinks you consume into energy. During this complex process, calories in food and beverages are combined with oxygen to release the energy your body needs to function. Every body needs energy to function and stay alive. And in case you’re wondering, we mean, yes, every body. Even the process of digesting food or keeping your organs functioning all require energy.
2. A slow metabolism is extremely rare
What Sarah’s trying to say is that in essence, people convert food into energy at the same rate. There are disparities, yes, and they are normally influenced by lifestyle factors, but these differences are very small, and–when you remove all the external factors–are more or less still the same, which is why a slow metabolism should not be blamed for the growing obesity and overweight pandemic.
3. To increase one’s metabolism, one needs to keep moving
According to Sarah, in order to trigger one’s metabolism to perform better, they need to increase NEAT (Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis a.k.a. the energy that is required to move your body and get it to perform daily tasks) and EAT (Exercise Activity Thermogenesis, a.k.a. the energy you burn during exercise). Simply put, this means you need to keep moving, because moving burns calories.
“If you can increase your steps from 3,000 a day to 7,000, you have essentially doubled your NEAT calories. Increasing your number of lifting sessions per week will increase EAT. But this does not mean spending hours in the gym, nor does it mean skipping rest days. It simply means staying as active as you possibly can, regularly.”
4. People who have more muscles have better metabolisms
“The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn at rest during the day–roughly 6 calories per 1lb muscle mass.” Want to grow your muscles and improve your metabolism? Exercise is, of course, the key–along with high protein consumption. “Hit your protein macros for the day. This is very important. If you are falling short from your whole food options, utilizing protein powders or protein bars is a great way to fill the gaps,” adds Sarah.
Sarah is a certified nutrition specialist who has helped countless individuals–some famous personalities included–achieve their dream bodies through the combination of proper, sustainable nutrition and exercise. She is also a published author and the CEO of two famous nutrition brands, Bowmar Nutrition and Apex Protein. To read more about metabolism, including its many intricacies, you may visit Sarah’s blog post here. You may also follow her on Instagram to stay up to date about her latest projects and activities.
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