The human body needs calories. These calories operate as gas for the body and do everything from helping us move to making sure our heart, lungs, and other organs are function properly. Calories come in three different macronutrients: protein, carbohydrates, and fat. Through proper metabolic training individuals can learn how to use these different macronutrients to succeed with metabolic weight loss.
Due to the molecular makeup of protein, it is very hard for the human body to use protein as an energy source or to store it as fat. Therefore, protein is mainly used to rebuild the tissue structures, like muscle, in the body. Carbohydrates and sugars are a great source of quick energy for the body and have a large role in controlling the bodies’ blood sugar levels. Fat is the most calorically dense of the three macronutrients. It uses oxygen in the energy conversion process, and is important for proper regulation of hormones in the body. As an energy source fat takes longer to break down and convert into a useable energy source, but is the most abundant fuel source in the body.
Through proper metabolic training the human body will be able to adapt and become more efficient at using fat for metabolic weight loss. There are several key components that makeup metabolic training and are equally important in successful metabolic weight loss. These components include resistance training, high intensity training, diet, and lower intensity training.
Metabolic Weight Loss
The body metabolizes the three macronutrients in different ways and each macronutrient has a different effect on the body. During metabolic training it is optimal for a person to optimize the amount of calories (particularly fat) the body uses throughout the day. To achieve metabolic weight loss it is also optimal for the body to utilize the most calorically dense macronutrient (fat) as a source for energy. This will not only optimize the total number of calories which are burned through metabolic training, but will also allow for higher, more consistent levels of energy due to the bodies metabolic training and converting fat into energy at higher levels.
So how does the body burn fat? The answer is, by having more fat available. People who eat more fat will be making fat more available for the body to use as energy. People who eat higher levels of protein and fat will induce greater metabolic weight loss due to the bodies lower blood sugar and the ability to retain higher levels of lean muscle mass. Lower blood sugar means the body will release less insulin and reduce the amount of fat that is stored in the body. Higher levels of muscle mass increase metabolic weight loss due to the muscles ability to store energy directly in the muscle. Therefore, more amounts of lean muscle mass increase the amount of energy which can be stored in the muscles, increasing metabolic weight loss by reducing the amount of fat stored in the body.
Metabolic Weight Loss Workouts
Along with a proper diet, high in protein and fat, increasing lean muscle mass will have a positive effect on metabolic weight loss. However, it is just as important to routinely deplete the muscles of the body of their energy. This will force more energy to be rushed, and stored in the muscle, reducing the amount of fat stored in the body. The following paragraphs will outline different metabolic weight loss workouts and how to use these workouts during metabolic training.
Resistance training is great for increasing the size of the muscles. As was previously stated, the more lean muscle mass the more energy can be stored in those muscles. Exercise routines like the Dynamic Strength XP, Kbands Outdoor FX, and other strength workouts found in the Strength Training Section will be great tools to use to ensure all muscles of the body are worked evenly, putting participants in the best position to optimize metabolic weight loss. People using these strength training workouts to induce greater metabolic weight loss need to ensure they work the legs as much, or more, than the upper body. The legs contain the largest muscles in the body and therefore can store larger amounts of energy than the muscles of the upper body.
Along with resistance training, higher intensity interval workouts (like HIIT) will help to increase metabolic weight loss. Higher intensity training like the Cardio Workout Challenge, Cardio Workout For Weight Loss, and Full Body Toner Workout, are great ways to increase the heart rate and the amount of energy used by the muscles. Increasing ones VO2 max is another benefit of performing higher intensity metabolic training. A VO2 max represents the maximum amount of oxygen which a person can consume. Increasing the amount of oxygen in the body will allow for more oxygen to be available for the fat to energy conversion process.
High intensity training should be alternated with slower, steady state cardio. Although higher levels of intense training will help the body burn a higher amount of calories, the bodies ability to convert fat into a useable source of energy will greatly dictate how effective this higher training is for metabolic weight loss. Using steady state cardio for extended periods of time will allow the body to recover while placing it in an optimal metabolic weight loss stage. As fitness participants continue their metabolic training and increase their bodies’ ability to convert fat into energy, higher intensity workouts will become more and more beneficial to the individual.
How To Be Successful With Metabolic Training
Along with a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, and low levels of stress, organizing your workout routines will be another step to successful metabolic weight loss. Individuals should alternate their workouts in order to expose the body to different types of stress and to keep variety in the workouts. Performing 2-3 Strength Training sessions per week, with 2-3 Higher Intensity Training sessions per week, and 2-3 hours of slow, steady cardio per week will set up an individual for great success when it comes to metabolic weight loss.