Too many people think that creating a calorie deficit — or, as anti-dieters call it, “starving themselves” — is the proper way to try to lose body fat. The reality is that in most people, this will be controlled by our metabolism: generally speaking, the chemical turnover within the body that burns, creates and changes cells. Applied to fat loss, think of metabolism this way — how efficient your body is at sustaining muscle, burning fat and using calories instead of storing them.
The calories you eat decide how your metabolism works, but when and how often play major roles, too. The mistake many make when trying to develop new diet habits is to simply limit the calories — innocent in its endeavors, but incorrect. Understanding that muscle is key to metabolism can correct this. Instead of thinking in terms of “losing fat,” think in terms of “gaining muscle,” and you gain muscle by eating more — and better — food.
Ideally, five to six meals a day, about three hours apart, will help you achieve this, with protein at every meal. Protein is crucial to this equation — it helps build new muscle and maintain and heal old ones, keeping the body anabolic (building muscle) instead of catabolic (wasting it). The thing with skeletal muscle is that, to the body, it is very “expensive” — it requires many calories to maintain, as opposed to body fat, which is relatively low-maintenance. This is why body fat is stored over protein — the body has starvation safeguards built in to it, anticipating periods where food supply will be short and energy must be derived from fat stores. By eating one or two meals a day, this is actually the signal you’d be sending the metabolism, and it would not burn its fat stores, but save everything you did eat as fat instead.
Ramping up your metabolism with more meals and more protein instead signals to the body that it is preferable to use food as fuel, and fat stores are put to use instead of stocked away for later. This, in turn, becomes body fat loss. In short: The more muscle you have, the more fat you will burn.
The issue then becomes providing a consistent source of protein into your diet, or sometimes even trying to get protein while not hungry. And, obviously, too many calories WILL lead to fat gain. It can be a delicate balance. That’s why NUTRISHOP highly recommends protein shakes between meals — it is the highest amount of protein with the lowest amount of calories possible, and does just enough to hold over hunger without making you feel over-full. Great options are PRO7 or FORZA PRO. Either way, a quality protein (do NOT settle for the cheap, off-brand stuff that’s loaded with fillers) is the best way to make sure your metabolism runs efficiently, in a pro-muscle, anti-body fat environment.
NUTRISHOP has tons of great advice like this in-store, all geared toward helping you develop an efficient, effective metabolism that will burn fat and continue to build muscle. We also customize it to YOUR needs — every individual is different, and we recognize that means the same diet plan won’t work for everyone. It’s why we do customized meal plans, FREE for customers, catered to your fitness goals. You already know you need protein, and we have the best — stop in, pick some up and let us design the new eating habits that will make the most of it!
On top of all that, there are steps you can take nutritionally to aid your body in developing a faster metabolism. Understanding that the kidneys, liver, gall bladder and colon are vital to the process is a helpful part of achieving it. This filtration system, so to speak, of the digestive tract is designed to purge toxins and waste from the body and eliminate build-up that can not only cause distention and bloating, but also be harmful because of the excess bacteria in the gut and actually slow the metabolism.
It’s for that reason that NUTRISHOP recommends a cleansing approach with natural ingredients, like the ones found in our Detox Stack. DETOXIN, LIVER THERAPEUTICS and NATURE’S FUEL all provide digestive support in some capacity and increase the efficiency of your most vital digestive organs. The liver can synthesize proteins and metabolize fats better when it isn’t overburdened with waste management, after all. And a wide spectrum of vitamins, nutrients and minerals from a powerful multivitamin will provide the nutrition the body needs without further clogging up the pipeline, so to speak, with more food waste.