Thursday, March 7
The infographic below, and the accompanying caption, explain the myth of “Slow Metabolism.”
We have heard for years that slow metabolism can be blamed for weight gain, but science says that is just not true. Our bodies want to be in energy balance. That means your body wants exactly the amount of fuel required to function each day. And bigger people use more energy to support normal body functions. That means the bigger you are, the higher your resting metabolic rate, also known as metabolism.
If you eat more food than your body requires, you will typically store that extra energy as fat. And as your body mass increases, your body must raise your metabolic rate to try to stay in energy balance. If your metabolic rate didn’t increase we would never stop gaining weight.
So, by definition, more body mass = higher metabolism.
This doesn’t mean it’s easy to gain or lose weight for everyone, it’s just the science of how we use energy. But what it does mean is that we should avoid marketing and fads that claim to ”boost your metabolism.”
Want a metabolism boost? Gain weight. That’s the exact opposite result most of us are looking for.
Check out the graphic below and read the caption for a better explanation and more info.
Workout for Thursday, March 7
Not For Time:
1 km Bike
2 km Bike
3 km Bike
*Goal is maintaining 150 BPM Heart Rate