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Say the word ‘metabolism’ and chances are weight loss comes to mind. But there’s more to your metabolism than dropping a dress size – it’s about giving your body the energy to do everything it needs to do, both on the inside and out. We went straight to the experts to find out what exactly the metabolism is, what it isn’t, and how to kick it into high gear to help you feel great...


Slow Metabolism Is A Thing

“Our metabolism describes all the chemical reactions that occur in the body to keep us alive – from maintaining your temperature and energy levels to helping you detoxify. The faster your metabolism works the quicker you’ll burn calories and vice versa if it’s slow. Factors that can slow down the metabolism down include liver overload and a build-up of toxins, hypothyroidism or autoimmune thyroiditis, stress, inflammation and insulin resistance. If you’re becoming fatigued after simple tasks, are constipated, depressed and suffering from poor circulation, it could be worth getting tested.” – Rebecca Pilkington, nutritional therapist

Alcohol Has A Huge Impact

“If the liver is overburdened with toxins from alcohol, it will slow and not work effectively. Just two martinis can reduce your body’s ability to burn fat by 73% while the alcohol is in your system.” – Rebecca Pilkington

Crash Diets Do It No Favours

“If we don’t eat enough our body goes into starvation mode and will retain the calories that we have and use them sparingly, thus rather than burning fuel, the body stores it. Constant dieting will cause the metabolism to slow over time, explaining why many people put on weight following a crash or very extreme diet.” – Rebecca Pilkington

It’s Not All About Calories

“You may have heard of your BMR – your basal metabolic rate – helping us to understand the amount of calories your body would need to survive without doing anything at all. Working out your BMR can give you a rough idea of how many calories you should be eating daily, but don’t be too swayed by this as not all calories are equal. Always focus on the quality of your calories – this can have a huge impact on your metabolism, health and weight.” – Rebecca Pilkington



Vitamin D Is Crucial

“One supplement most people benefit from, especially living in the UK, is vitamin D. As well as boosting mood, it can help to rev up the muscles involved in weight loss and studies looking at obese individuals found many were deficient in this crucial vitamin.” – Rebecca Pilkington



Breakfast Doesn’t Fire Metabolism

“It’s not necessarily true that eating breakfast fires up your metabolism for the day ahead. People who eat a balanced breakfast are often more likely to make better food choices throughout the day, but research as to whether it boosts metabolism is inconclusive. The opposite could even be true – studies have shown intermittent fasting (in this case not eating until lunch or the evening meal) could actually boost metabolism.” – Rebecca Pilkington



Staying Hydrated Is Key

“Our body relies on water and being dehydrated can reduce metabolism by 2%; over the course of a day this won’t have a huge impact, but over a year it will. Aim for 35ml of water per kilogram of your body weight daily.” – Rebecca Pilkington


It’s All About Muscle

“Countless studies have proven that as we age, changes in hormones and protein metabolism, in conjunction with decreased physical activity, lead to an increased muscle loss of approximately 3% per decade beginning in your 30s. When we lose muscle, our metabolism naturally slumps, so try to exercise three to five times per week, ideally incorporating a couple of strength training sessions, to maintain muscle mass and keep your metabolism ticking.” – Phil McCoy, exercise physiologist at Pure Sports Medicine



You Should Mix Up Your Workouts

“While everybody responds differently to various types of exercise, by targeting a range of cardio, weights and HIIT, you’re covering yourself when it comes to your metabolism. It’s also worth remembering any movement that activates the body can have a positive effect on your metabolism. Even low intensity targets, such as hitting 10,000 steps a day, or practicing yoga or Pilates will burn calories and fire metabolism.” – Phil McCoy



Good Sleep Is Essential

“A lack of sleep has been shown to wreak havoc with your hormones and this, in turn, can lead to a slower metabolism and an increase in weight. Establishing a regular sleeping pattern is essential if you want to keep your metabolism on an even keel.” – Phil McCoy



It’s Important To Get Enough Protein

“Protein – notably from eggs, meat, fish, dairy and pulses – requires more energy to metabolise when compared to both fat and carbohydrate. Therefore keeping protein high by including a food source at each meal and snack can increase your metabolic rate and also help preserve muscle whilst losing fat, if that’s your goal.” – Sharmain Davis, nutritionist at Pure Sports Medicine



Eating Little & Often Is A Myth

“The idea that eating more frequent meals throughout the day stimulates metabolism is rubbish – this has been consistently disproved by countless studies. However, having said that, eating regular meals can help to control appetite and meet nutritional needs which in and of itself can help to support fat loss whilst dieting.” – Sharmain Davis



Forget Supplements

“Don’t be lured by faddy supplements that claim to boost metabolism and burn calories. Instead, try increasing your protein intake, boosting your activity levels and drinking plenty of green tea; both have a small fat burning potential as well as a wealth of other health benefits.” - – Sharmain Davis
For more information or to book an appointment with Rebecca Pilkington, visit RebeccaPilkington.com. Pure Sports Medicine – offering everything from physio to personal training and podiatry – will be opening their fifth clinic in Chancery Lane this December;
visit PureSportsMed.com for more information or to book an appointment with Sharmain or Phil.


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