How many times can you remember someone saying that they can’t lose weight, “because of their metabolism”? Chances are you’ve heard that phrase plenty of times as many tend to use it as a crutch to accept the defeat of the stubborn weight loss battle.
Did you know that your current metabolism is not an end all be all? In fact, you can actually increase your metabolism with methods that are backed by science, building lean muscle.
What is your metabolism?
Your metabolism is your body's ability to convert energy at a certain rate. Your body takes in food, liquid, and oxygen then turns that into fuel. Our body requires energy to function regardless if you’re moving around or not. While you remain sedentary your body still needs energy for breathing, hormone production, food partitioning, and other vital organ functions - this is known as your resting metabolic rate. Your resting metabolic rate is the rate at which you burn energy while remaining in a sedentary state.
Muscle burns more calories
Building muscle is a great way to increase your metabolic rate as muscle tends to burn more calories than fat. If you have more muscle mass than fat mass you are going to burn more energy. The more muscle you have, the more oxygen you need for cellular respiration. Eventually, you will be able to maintain higher intensity workouts for a longer period of time.
More muscle, more intensity, more overall calories burned
Speaking of intensity, when we have more muscle we tend to be able to exercise for a longer period of time. From the time you started your program to the time you finish, you should have noticed how it is easier to get through as you get stronger and build muscle. Soon enough the intensity of any workout program will need to eventually increase as our body will adapt. However, the more muscle you have, the more you’ll be required to continue to increase and adjust different variables to prevent plateaus. These variables may mean in order for you to train harder you need to train different systems to help assist your muscle gains.
Muscle preservation while aging
As we get older our muscles start to dissipate. If we continue working on a resistance training program as we age, we have better chances at maintaining the muscle we have built while decreasing our risks for loss of bone density loss. Maintaining our muscle mass is just as important as building muscle.
It’s never too late to start building muscle. No matter your age, current level of experience, weight, size, gender, height, the average individual can build muscle mass. Because of the necessary actions, it takes to not only build muscle but to also maintain it, it creates a demand to continue to be active. We are not going for a quick fix. We are aiming for sustainable goals whether that means being bigger, faster, stronger, leaner, balanced, etc - it’s all built up over time.
How we can help
If you are unsure of your metabolic rate or unsure of how much energy you are actually burning in a day, we can provide you with that information here at Bodymass. Our Resting Metabolic Rate Test measures your oxygen intake versus your output of carbon dioxide. It will provide you calorie ranges specific for your needs. From here we can help you build a plan best for you to help you find success in reaching your goals in the most efficient way possible!