Hey, it’s BioTrust Co-Founder and top nutritionist Joel Marion, and I’ve been getting a lot of questions about metabolism lately… so many in fact that I figured I’d put together a few article posts about how you can increase YOURS.
Today’s secret strategy: Increase your G-flux
If you’ve never heard of G-flux, here’s a simple formula for increasing it: Eat more; exercise more. Sounds pretty simple, but let’s take a deeper look.
Exercise increases metabolism. Eating increases metabolism. The trick is learning to balance the two so that you still create a negative calorie balance.
Let’s back up real quickly.
Sedentary people — folks who just sit around and don’t exercise — have painfully slow metabolisms. This is due to many hormonal factors resulting from a lack of exercise combined with the fact that these individuals never really “teach” their body to burn additional calories.
Likewise, chronic dieters share the same plight. When you chronically under-eat, your metabolism shuts down as a starvation protection mechanism and the oh-so-slow metabolism blues start a-playin’.
On the contrary, exercise and eating are metabolism boosters. That being said, it’s not very likely that eating more by itself will ever do wonders for your fat loss goals.
But, when you combine eating more with a high calorie burn via exercise, you get the best of both worlds.
For example, let’s say your basal metabolic rate allows you to burn 2000 calories a day. Knowing this, you go on a diet and begin eating 1500 calories a day, putting you 500 calories in the hole. Now, on the surface a 500 calorie deficit would appear to be a good thing, but unfortunately you’ve done your metabolism NO favors here. In fact, under-eating only decreases metabolism with each passing day.
So, “dieting” is not the method of choice for creating a calorie deficit.
Now, let’s take a similar scenario. You burn 2000 calories a day, but instead of “dieting” you start eating 300 calories MORE each day and you also burn 800 extra calories through exercise. The result? The SAME 500 calorie deficit (2800 calories burned, 2300 calories consumed) but you do so while increasing your metabolism through eating and exercising more.
That’s the power of G-flux. Apply the concept and watch your metabolism skyrocket.
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