WHY YOUR METABOLISM IS SLOW
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Do you have a slow metabolism?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Listen, so do many people⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
There are a few possibilities here so please consider all of them.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
1) Metabolic adaptations- You have been dieting for a long time or dieting drastically or just under-eating which has resulted in your metabolism slowing down. That is why “diets” should not be chronic. Include things such as diet Breaks or change up your diet by including regular intervals higher calorie days.
2) NEAT- You may just not be very active. If you have a desk job or have low spontaneous activity like fidgeting, then you are burning fewer calories. Fix this by having a step goal and staying on your feet.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
3) You are eating more than you think- Sorry. Most people just eat more than they think. That could be oil you cook with, that could be inaccurate portioning, it could be sauces and condiments you add, etc. Try tracking everything you eat on a food scale and MyFitnessPal for 1 week. That will teach you about what and how much you actually are eating.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It is technically possible to have a slow metabolism. But most people’s genetic variation is actually quite minor. There are other factors, like the ones mentioned above, which actually explain your “slow metabolism”.
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One of the most frequent questions from my female clients is “if I lift weights will I get big and bulky?”.
The answer is NO!
Firstly in order to get big bulky muscles you need to eat a required amount of calories.
This usually surpasses the daily recommended amount of 2000 to 2500 calories a day.
Lets take into account that most people I meet don’t even reach that amount (at least in a healthy way) logically you must ask yourself, how am I going to grow?
For muscles gains the standard procedure for Bodybuilders is to eat 1gram of protein per lb. of bodyweight. I weigh 190lbs. so I require 190grams of protein a day, protein contains 4 calories per gram that’s 760 calories required a day from protein alone. Not to mention the 60% of my calories which must come from carbohydrates (4 calories per gram) and fats (9 calories per gram).
When you include carbs and fats that becomes a lot of food at regular intervals, which most if not ALL of my clients would struggle to stick to due to daily commitments such as work, kids etc.
Burning more calories than you consume will mean weight loss! Not gain…..
Its impossible to gain bulk and muscle mass if you’re not putting in the calories.
My third point is females do not produce enough testosterone to get big and bulky from a having a few weights sessions a week.
There are more benefits to lifting weights for females than they may think:
- toned muscles (thigh muscles, bum, arms and abs)
- strength and bone density (easier to carry those heavy handbags and kiddies)