Do you need to increase your Metabolism?
If you are interested in optimizing your health, managing your body weight and looking – and feeling – your best, one element of your health that you need to understand is your metabolism and how to increase your metabolism naturally.
But what does metabolism mean? You’ve likely heard this term multiple times over when reading articles, hearing trainers or other fitness people talk, or in the latest diet book you’ve picked up recently.
What is Metabolism?
Metabolism comes with many mixed ideas, some people tend to think of a slow metabolism when they hear the term or they tend to immediately think of what types of metabolism boosters are available to speed it up.
Everyone always wants to know how to increase metabolism to burn fat faster. This is the general consensus in today’s world.
Simply put, your metabolism is the sum of all the reactions and events that take place on a cellular level on a day to day basis. Essentially, this is how much energy you burn day in and day out.
Your metabolism is constantly changing, it’s going to be far different if you were out running a mile compared to what it is with you sitting at your desk or on the couch reading this right now.
Each type of activity requires a much different level of energy expenditure and it’s your metabolism that dictates this.
The Parts Of Your Metabolism
Your metabolism can be divided up into three different parts, they are:
- Your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR)
- Your Activity Factor
- The Thermic Effect Of Food
How To Increase Metabolism
Every decision you make on a daily basis is going to impact your metabolism in one way or another.
Therefore, you want to be only doing those things that are going to impact your metabolism in a favorable manner to reach that state of optimization.
Multiple factors come into play here.
- Food choices
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The Bucket Theory Of Optimization
When talking about metabolism, BiOptimizers like to refer to it as my bucket theory of optimization.
Essentially, you have a number of resources available to you on a day to day basis. This includes things like enzymes, probiotics, fats, proteins, carbs, vitamins and minerals. In addition to this, you also have water and oxygen if you want to go one step further.
All of these are inside your body, hard at work to help deliver you energy while ensuring all the systems of your body are working as they should.
Consider this your ‘bucket’. All of these things are tossed in and when your bucket is full, your body is running like a well-oiled machine.
What happens now if you start to take out some of those things? Let’s say you remove half the carbs and decrease the level of enzymes in your system?
As a result of this, changes occur and your body isn’t going to run as well as it should. Basically, you’ve just downgraded your metabolism.
There are two ways that this can happen:
1. You can fail to provide enough of the resources.
The first way you may empty your bucket is by failing to provide the resources in the first place. If you aren’t eating a healthy diet, you won’t be taking in the vitamins and minerals you require and may be short on carbs, proteins or fat.
Likewise, if you aren’t taking a high quality probiotic or digestive enzyme, chances are you will be short on those as well.
So that’s the first place you can run into problems.
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2. You can deplete the resources due to outside circumstances.
Second, you may also deplete your current resources far faster than you should. This typically happens if you are under a great deal of stress in any element of your life, if you are training hard, or if you are recovering from some sort of disease, illness or injury.
Your body is going through the resources faster than normal and as such, you start seeing your bucket running low.
Stress, which is often referred to as the silent killer, is so dangerous for this reason. If you are in a state of constant stress, you will be continually depleting your resources to the point where your body can no longer keep up.
It stops functioning as it should, your metabolism slows down, and soon you start gaining weight as well.
Stress can come in many shapes and forms. It could be that you lost your job, that you almost got into a car accident, that you had a big fight with your significant other the night before, or that you are worried about your financial situation.
All of these things will create what’s referred to as oxidative stress on the body, which has a very detrimental impact on your overall well-being.
This also all plays a role in your metabolic rate. When stress levels build and your bucket becomes depleted, your metabolism is going to slow.
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Optimizing Your Bucket
So hopefully now you can picture this bucket containing all these resources that your body utilizes on a day to day basis to complete all the reactions that occur to fuel your metabolic rate.
Most people in today’s world are running around with about half a bucket full of resources.
In other words, we are not optimized. We’re falling short in key nutrients, we’re lacking digestive enzymes and bad probiotics have taken over our guts completely.
In order to get yourself to a state of improved bio-optimization, you need to fill up that bucket.
So your mission then becomes quite simple. For the next while (usually a period of about 90 days), you are going to overload your bucket, bringing yourself back up to a level where you can see optimal health.
Remember, you’ll still be using resources on a day to day basis, so in order to provide enough for your daily function and enough to fill your bucket back up, you’re going to need a very concentrated dose.
So this means loading up on things like digestive enzymes, probiotics, and nutrient rich foods. You want to take therapeutic levels as this is what it will take to bring you to the full bucket level.
Where did this idea of ‘superloading’ so to speak come from?
There once was a guy named Linus Pauling, who won two Nobel Prizes for his work with vitamin C. Pauling discovered that if you take very high levels of vitamin C, which acts as an antioxidant in the body, you could eliminate a lot of serious medication conditions that certain people were facing.
It seemed like this super dose offered extra powerful protection for the body that normally would not be seen at regular dosage levels.
Eventually if you keep this mega dose, you’ll end up suffering from diarrhoea (as that’s a side effect of too much of this vitamin), so once you got to that point, that was your sign that you were saturated.
You’d then decrease your dose and now you could maintain. Your bucket level was full.
So the overall concept is you take enough to completely fill your bucket up and then once you reach that stage, you can cut it back down and live on a maintenance dose.
Then if times get stressful or you face some other circumstance where you are going to start feeling depleted again, you start increasing your dosage.
As you do this, you will start to see your metabolism optimize as all these things will act as metabolism boosters.
Some of the other excellent benefits you should start noticing include:
- You have more day to day energy and don’t experience that mid-afternoon crash that you used to
- You’re able to burn fat and/or build muscle faster than you used to
- Your exercise performance has gone up
- You no longer suffer from headaches through the day like you may have used to
- You’re falling ill less often
- Your mood has improved
All of these things will go hand in hand with having an optimized metabolism.