This month I would like to introduce a concept that although perhaps is not new, it may be presented in a new light. The topic of speeding up your metabolism is the focus of this article. It is one of those interesting kinesthetic/biological aspects that you may recall by revisiting memories of your high school days where some of your friends, mostly guys in this example and perhaps some gals, would frustrate their counterparts because they could seemingly eat anything and never gain a pound. In fact, it would often seem the more they ate, the skinner they became. Sound familiar? The opposite of this example is of course those of us who could just imagine a French baguette with cheese and literally notice a feeling of being full, and the sense of more weight.
Many studies are now being done on human metabolism and much of the new research is encouraging and surprising. Some of these concepts are integrated into “MARY-JO’S FIT FOR LIFE “ principals, which you will find on the video clip “NUTRITION TIPS” next month, and others are drawn from the new research available. My “Fit For Life” principals have seven key points which, if followed, establish a way of living that is sure to give you optimum results of health, vitality and happiness. Number two of my principals is where we will begin here, in this discussion of fitness and metabolism. Principal number two suggests that we “Maximize Our Morning”. As Cynthia Finley, R.D. a clinical dietician at John Hoppkins University suggests: “There appears to be a link between eating breakfast and increasing the number of calories you can burn.” It appears morning is the best time to boost your metabolism. “Your metabolic rate decreases about 10% while you sleep; eating breakfast restores that deficit.” Exercising early in the morning can also speed up the metabolism, as it can later in the day before you go to bed. Woven into principal number two is the concept of eating upside down during your day – and no, I don’t mean standing on your head! Actually if you think about it when do you burn most of your calories? During the day. So if you speed up the metabolism early on, and then consume most of your calories early on, you are on the home stretch to optimizing your health, by increasing your metabolism and burning more fat.
You also will speed up your metabolism by developing more muscle. The more lean muscle tissue you have, the more body fat you will burn – even at night, while you are sleeping. This is also encouraged by moderate evening activity such as a walk after dinner. If you really want to burn fat and increase your metabolism you will need to walk at least 25 minutes fairly briskly.
To build muscle, consider working your major muscle groups (buttocks, thighs, abs, chest and arms) there the ones which burn the most calories. You would certainly be building muscle and burning calories in one of Mary-Jo’s “Empower your Self” Mary-Jo-Flow yoga classes. Perhaps you can join us on a retreat or teacher training soon. In the meantime try these concepts and see if you notice any difference. For more personalized help, consider one-on-one coaching with Mary-Jo.