What Is Metabolism?

Do you ever wonder how some people can consume an entire box of chocolates or a pint of ice cream without gaining a pound while just one chocolate or one bite of ice cream somehow goes straight to your hips? The answer lies with your metabolism, the chemical processes that occur within a human being that breaks down nutrient, provides energy and maintains life within the body. While genetics and gender do play a role in the speed of a human being's metabolism, there are things that can be done to increase one's metabolic rate.

First and foremost, eat a lean protein (you should increase protein intake throughout the entire day), complex carbohydrate and healthy fat balanced breakfast soon upon waking up. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day and helps to speed up the body's metabolism. If breakfast is skipped, the body's metabolism will drastically slow to conserve energy.

Second, drink lots of water throughout the day to maintain hydration, help the digestion process and keep your mind focused. According to various research studies, human beings should try to consume between 8 to 12 eight-ounce glasses of water per day on average.

Third, get adequate sleep. According to research found in the Sleep Medicine Journal, when the body and mind are sleep deprived, metabolism slows dramatically, the body's ability to regulate hormones controlling appetite decrease and can lead to excessive food intake, and the risk of obesity and diabetes increases.

Fourth, mix up your workout routine to include resistance and High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Lifting weights helps the body build lean muscle mass, burning more calories at a resting rate than fat. HIIT training calls for a period of hard work coupled with a period of recovery. An example would be running a very hard sprint effort for 30 seconds followed by 60-90 seconds of recovery and repeating 8-12 times.

At Orangetheory Fitness,  we train clients across 5 Heart Rate zones and includes interval training throughout the entire 60-minute workout. Our workouts are designed based on science and research supporting EPOC (Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption) or an 'afterburn,' where your body burns additional calories and your metabolism is working overtime after the workout is completed. Come give us a try!! Your first class is FREE!