11700902_845609502154492_4477754992577455861_oFrom Dr. Braxton A. Cosby:

“SO what it metabolism anyway? Simply put, it’s the chemical processes that occur within a living organism in order to maintain life.

As it relates to losing weight, metabolism or the process by which metabolism is carried out is the summation of activities within the body that assist the organism to stay alive. Breaking down food, compounds, and other chemicals to provide energy and remove waste products.

As it relates to losing weight, metabolism or the process by which metabolism is carried out is the summation of activities within the body that assist the organism to stay alive. Breaking down food, compounds, and other chemicals to provide energy and remove waste products.

The measure of metabolism is called the BMR or the basal metabolic rate, which grades how efficient the body is carrying out these processes. Some individuals have a high BMR and others are lower. What dictates the efficiency of the system are few variables.

Variables such as genetics (can’t fix), activity level (can fix), types of foods we consume (can fix) and muscle mass (can fix). The higher we boost our metabolism, the more calories we burn.

These calories not only come from available sources that we eat, but also from fat stores on our body. If we ramp up our metabolism, our body will seek out the energy sources at a very efficient rate, with organs and muscles doing their part. This ‘activity’ churns up a lot of energy and over time, fats stores are reduced (energy givers) and we lose weight. You can manipulate this, to some degree. But as Master Yoda says, you have t be willing to do the work.

Here are some foods to ramp up that metabolism. Blueberries, almonds, whey protein, salmon, spinach, turkey and oatmeal. Eat up and slim down.

And as far as exercise goes, here is what you can do. Exercise at least three times as week, incorporating training that keeps your heart rate at a competitive rate and builds lean muscle mass. Heart rate suggestions: 220- your age and divide that number by 65-75% depending on where you are physically. Muscle mass building – maintaining muscle mass requires a lot of energy from the body and the work that it takes is the key because it will keep you body in metabolic overdrive. Thus, your metabolism will soar.

But you’re probably wondering where the quote I gave earlier about burning more fat in your sleep comes from, right?????

The energy systems of the body are time dependent. If you need energy quickly, your body chooses one system over the other. It’s a lot of technical jargon, but ultimately, when you sleep the body can provide energy from fats stores slowly over time. Since you’re not doing anything while you sleep, it draws at a consistent, steady rate. If you have spiked your metabolism by doing what I suggested, you will pull from fat stores at a very high rate, and begin to see the difference on the scale and in the mirror.

Not bragging here, but I want to demonstrate how this works. On a good day of cardio-fat burning for me, spin class 20-21 miles, I can lose up to 1-2 pounds over night if I log at least 6 hours of sleep and watch what I eat. That’s because my metabolism is jacked and my body is ‘seeking’ lost energy stores to rebuild and repair damages muscle during exercise.

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