Blog - Maybe You’re Born With It?
Metabolism – now there’s a word which is thrown around a lot in today’s world. Often used by fitness companies to promote a product, or as an excuse used by some for being overweight. Metabolism is actually the name given to all the chemical reactions taking place in our bodies, in order to sustain life. Your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is the amount of calories required to carry out bodily functions/processes at rest. Note that this does not include energy requirements necessary for completing activities. Metabolic rate (total energy expenditure) requirements include activity level, energy used to digest food and your BMR. An important consideration is also body type.
There are 3 distinct body types, ectomorphs, mesomorphs and endomorphs. You may fall anywhere along this spectrum: (note: it’s impossible to be an ecto/endomorph as they are too different)
Different somatotypes bring with them different attributes and included in this are metabolic processes. Ectomorphs are people who are naturally very slim, with low amounts of body fat and muscle. It’s difficult for ectomorphs to put on weight as their metabolisms are incredibly quick. They generally have a narrow ‘pencil’ frame.
Mesomorphs are people who put on, and lose weight relatively quickly, they are fortunate in that they have the ability to develop lean muscle quicker. Generally have wide shoulders, narrow hips, high muscle and low body fat percentages.
Endomorphs are people who naturally store and carry more fat. They find it easy to put weight on and more difficult to lose weight. Endomorphs generally have a rounded appearance, pear or apple shaped, wide shoulders, wide hips, and a high body fat percentage.
It is important to understand that despite all the pre-determining factors which orchestrate your body’s BMR, it can be manipulated. By increasing your activity levels and eating the right foods at the right times you will increase your metabolic rate. By doing this you will also increase your BMR which directly contributes to your metabolic rate as well. This means you could potentially be burning more undesirable adipose (fat) tissue, while you rest.
I mean, burning fat while you sleep….. Has anything ever sounded as appealing as that?
One of the reasons for this is by increasing your lean muscle mass as a direct result of eating healthily and regularly exercising. The more lean muscle you have the quicker your metabolism is.
By conducting some health and fitness assessments our specialist trainers can calculate a specifically tailored plan to suite your requirements. For more information on how you can improve your metabolic rate, and burn fat while you sleep; or, if you’re looking to improve other aspects of your health and fitness contact Mark or Richie to discuss how we can help.
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