WHAT IS IT?
So metabolism is a misunderstood topic. Well this should help you understand the topic better, as well as knowing what’s in your control. Your metabolism is made up of the following:
Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR)
The calories you burn to stay alive. All the major organs in your body, as well as muscle and fat metabolically active. This accounts for a large portion of the amount of calories you burn daily.
Thermic Effect of Food (TEF)
The energy used during the process of metabolising food.
Active Energy Expenditure (AEE)
This is the part you’re most in control of, and accounts for the largest amount of calories we burn after resting metabolic rate (RMR). This is the most adaptable part of metabolism, and covers formal exercise, think gym and cycling, and informal exercise, think walking, daily housework, and fidgeting around.
So, resting metabolic rate can’t be changed, it’s ultimately a case of playing the card you’re dealt. However, active energy expenditure is where your attention should be.
People burn more calories than they realise from all the informal exercise they do.
This is one of the reasons I’m big on setting daily step targets for those who use Fitbits, or similar devices.
It’s win-win if you ask me, it’s great for health, low stress, and a very realistic way to improve your metabolism .
In short, control what you can and get those steps in!