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I often mention resting metabolic rate because it’s actually a really important factor when you’re wanting to lose weight, and also feel healthy and have that vital body that really functions well in life.
So your resting metabolic rate is the number of calories that your body burns while resting. It’s calories for things like brain function, heart function, pumping blood around your body and digestion at the most basic level. And you see, we need those calories and without them our body actually can’t repair after exercise. And it’s important to be able to repair tissues in the body, but the body needs sufficient calories to do that.
And you see, when the body is not getting sufficient calories, unfortunately what can happen is the resting metabolic rate, or your resting metabolic rate drops. And the thing is, when your resting metabolic rate drops, the number of calories you burn at rest drops. And suddenly you need to reduce your calories even more to support your weight loss effort.
So you can see that preserving resting metabolic rate is absolutely essential to your long-term weight loss success. But not just that, it’s absolutely essential to support your body to work in an optimal way. So you can see why calorie restrictions are actually a problem.
But calorie restriction itself is not the problem. It’s calorie restriction to the point where you are actually taking your body below the basic number of calories it needs at rest to perform this simple task of keeping you alive.
But it’s no simple task keeping you alive, is it? So, I want you to think about preserving resting metabolic rate by supporting your body, by eating enough calories. Now, another way that you can positively support your resting metabolic rate is through exercise. Now exercise increases lean muscle mass and we know that having more lean muscle mass supports your body to burn more calories at rest.
So, anything that you can do, any form of exercise that you can do that supports growth of lean muscle mass, is going to benefit your resting metabolic rate in the long-term. So, it’s about consuming enough calories to support resting metabolic rate and repair of tissues and then performing the correct type of exercise that also supports growth of lean muscle mass and thus an increase in your resting metabolic rate. So what you need to do is eat a sufficient amount of calories for good health and avoid eating below your resting metabolic rate needs.
And perform exercises like strength training and sprinting. They are really beneficial for increasing lean muscle mass. So as you can see, supporting your resting metabolic rate is really essential to your long-term weight loss success.
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