It’s time to head back to basics with the food I eat. This year I’ve definitely taken an ‘if it fits in your mouth’ kind of approach, choosing foods that fit within my daily calories (and a lot of times they don’t as well 🤣) rather than making the best choices for me. .
Two and a half more weeks til I start the final push to reach my ultimate goal weight, and then it’s time to grow 🍠🍳🍖🍔🥙🍪 ...
Hey guys 👋. Metabolism has been a big topic lately in my life and I have some great tips for people who believe they have a slow metabolism.
Avoid frequent cardio. Some people are like “whaaa?” But here’s my reasoning. Say you get up every morning and do an hour of cardio and burn 400 calories per session. The first month you lose a few pounds but then you stop losing. The body is a master at adapting. Within about a month your metabolism will adjust itself and reduce its calorie expenditure by 400 calories. Now you’re doing an hour of cardio to break even. Once you stop cardio you’ll be left with a a slow metabolism and you’ll gain the weight back plus some because you now burn 400 calories less per day. Keep cardio random and inconsistent so you don’t adapt to it. Never rely on cardio for weight loss.
Add muscle. Muscle costs a lot of calories to maintain, therefore the more muscle you have the more calories you need to eat to keep it. Isn’t it ironic that the more athletic and muscular people seem to have a better metabolism and are able to eat more per day? Then you see the frail person that only does cardio and under-eats who can only eat 1,200 calories and is now on thyroid medication. Go lift.
Just like your body will adapt to lower calories it can adapt to higher calories. If you slowly and methodically increase calories over a long period of time you can build your metabolism up. Key words are slowly and methodically. If you just increase your calories significantly very quickly you’ll just add a lot of body fat because you didn’t give your body time to adapt. I suggest optimizing protein and fats, then increasing carbs by 10-25 grams per week (depending on your size and how damaged your metabolism is). I’ve had people do this and double their carb intake within a few months and still lose weight in the process!
Hope this helps you guys who are struggling with your goals. Remember, you have to take care of your metabolism for long term fat loss. If you choose to sit at low calories for a long time expect to have stalled fat loss, injuries, fatigue and to look and feel sick. Ask any questions below! ...
Yes, I love to work out 5-6 days a week.
I meal prep and fuel my body right. But I also like to hang out with friends and have a couple drinks.
It is my life, and I’m living it how I want. LIVE YOUR LIFE HOW YOU WANT💫 ...