Metabolism: What You Need to Know
Posted by Bonnie Pfiester
Here is Steve‘s raw, edgy and in-depth explanation of metabolism. It’s information you need to know and understand, whether you want to hear it or not. Take a deep breath and get ready to take a hit…
When it comes to metabolism, the health and fitness community has redefined this term from its original definition. This can be both bad and good. Good as long as we all have a good understanding of how the word is being used in regards to transforming our bodies, bad when we use half of a clinical definition and half of the “en vogue slang” definition.. as this leads to using excuses in regards to weight loss.
Clinically, metabolism is defined as the processes in any organism for cell growth, reproduction, response to external stimuli(environment), survival strategy, sustenance, and cellular maintenance. It includes building up of the cell or organism (anabolism), and the breakdown of substances primarily for energy expenditure (catabolism).
By far, the number one excuse I hear when training a client for weight loss is… (drum roll… wait on it… waaaiiiit) yep’ you guessed it… “I just have a slow metabolism)
Let’s Dig In
What they are really saying is “Steve, I’m eating more calories than I burn”. The words that actually come out of their mouths are, “I barely eat anything at all, and I still can’t lose weight”… Of course I reply in compassion and love and say “so, if I drop you off on a deserted island with no food, and come back in two weeks, you will be the same weight or even a little heavier?” At this point, If they don’t walk out of my office shooting me a bird then I know I might be making headway.
Allow me to give you a real world look at metabolism. If two people are walking on a treadmill at the same speed and incline, and they weigh exactly the same, the amount of energy required to move their masses is significantly similar regardless of a fast or slow metabolism. The deviation of calories burned would be negligible. You might ask, what about heart rate? I’ve heard many clients say, “the girl next to me burned a thousand calories in spin class and I only burned 250. Is it because I have a slower metabolism?” Of course not. So what is going on? READ THE REST OF THE STORY (learn more about heart rate monitoring & boosting your metabolism)