What Is Metabolism?
Before we can really know how to manipulate and speed up your metabolism naturally, we need to know what it is.
Think of your body as a steam engine. In order to do something physically, you require energy to move your muscles. So, if the body is a steam engine, we need fuel for it to do the work.
In an old train, the fuel was coal or wood.
For our steam engine, it’s what we consume; food and drinks.
Just about everything (other than water) has a calorie count or amount of “potential” energy.
Your “steam engine” can go as far as the fuel you give it.
So, What is Fat?
Where our bodies stray from the steam engine metaphor is that we aren’t always able to burn all the fuel that we consume. A train would just keep going faster and faster and burn all the fuel.
Our mind keeps track of what we have been doing and adjusts so that we are better able to survive.
We will burn the fuel that our mind believes we can without running out. If we consume more calories than our mind thinks we need, it will set it aside and store it for later.
We prepare for possible times we won’t have food with the excess energy we consume when we have more food than we need.
Keep in mind that this is the simplified version that pertains to metabolism, and there is much deeper information we cover in our Free 5-Day Plan.
Make Goals To Fix Your Metabolism, Not “Lose Weight”
Most people that start a fitness journey get it in their head that they need to “lose weight”. The problem is that “weight” is almost never the actual problem. Fat is.
The very first thing you need to do on your journey to fitness is to completely forget about the term “losing weight”.
Your goals should be measurable and attainable, but a number of pounds should not be that goal.
Make your goal a dress size, or something similar.
Make them attainable for your body type.
Not everyone can fit into a size 0 or achieve a 24″ waist.
And that’s OK.
Once you have your goals, let’s work together to achieve them.
Ways to Speed Up Metabolism
There are “two ways” to get fit that just about everyone knows about: diet and exercise.
Most of those people run into a problem. Their picture of a diet is actually working against them.
The belief has become that the ONLY thing they have to do is eat less per day.
They think they need to deprive themselves to get what they want.
They think they need to be hungry all the time.
Let’s look back at the steam engine metaphor. If you were to stop adding coal to the furnace, how far do you think you would go?
Taking away the body’s fuel tells your mind that you are going through a period of not being able to find enough food.
Your mind flips a switch from abundance to scarcity and holds onto every eaten calorie with a death-grip to make sure you make it to your next meal without starving to death.
You will need to work ten times harder to burn very little fat.
Now you’re hungry, irritable, malnourished, and having to exercise in a way that isn’t very pleasant, causing you to feel even worse.
So, you give up.
Does this sound familiar?
The other side is finding a diet that can work, reading all the rules you have to follow, then jumping right in.
For the first few weeks, you follow every rule down to the letter. You start seeing results and you feel good, but you rationalize that “it’s OK if I have one” or “I don’t need to follow THAT rule…the diet’s already working“.
That is our conscious mind trying it’s very hardest to rationalize a situation that it doesn’t fully understand. It wants to send you back to a comfortable, “safe” place where there are no unknowns.
So, you give up.
How Do I Stick To It and Stay Fit?
The only true way to make a healthy change and stick to it is to provide yourself with new information. Really get the information deep down and make sure what you are trying to do makes complete sense, inside and out.
That’s why diets tend to not work. You start someone else’s plan and follow someone else’s rules and hope for the best.
If you don’t understand WHY you are following each rule, they will eventually be abandoned.
Before founding MetaFire Nutrition, I, Tyler Clark, was a hypnotherapist, a kitchen manager and a life coach. I battled with weight from a very young age, after going through many childhood traumas.
Food was my “safe place“.
My journey from an overweight child and teen to a 278 lb 23-year-old finally became too much.
I began a very long road to understanding exactly how the human body works when it comes to food, fat and muscle.
Learn From My 20 Years of Experience With Metabolism
I started learning to cook, and different health tips when I was very young, being lucky enough to have a very involved grandmother who is incredible at everything she does.
My mother was a good cook, but not very good at portion control. To her, men needed a heaping plate of food. A pound of bacon fed three people.
Don’t get me wrong, she was 96 lbs most of her life, and never overate…but one of the very few lessons I didn’t learn from her was moderation.
Another issue growing up was the strict “3-meal” day, designed to fit a 9-5 lifestyle and not a person’s health.
I’m sure you have a different set of circumstances that you came from, and that’s okay.
When I pass on the things I have learned, it doesn’t come from “you had to be there“. I do my very best to relate information to other things. This makes it as easy as possible for anyone to absorb the information that will change their lives.
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