Maximizing the Metabolism part 1

If there is one thing everyone wants it would be fast metabolism.  Having a fast metabolism has many benefits that include more energy, able to eat more without getting fat, build muscle easier, very hard to gain fat, more optimistic than pessimistic, better digestion and decreased bloating, less stress and usually funner to be around.

People born with fast metabolisms don’t really worry about nutrition much because they don’t have to.  They were never fat to begin with and whatever they eat gets burned off with lighting fast speed.  I’m not one of these people, but I know many people like this.  These people usually put on muscle easier, have six pack abs without even trying and everything they do in the gym “just seems to work.”  They seem to do everything good nutrition recommends AGAINST, but have the results that everyone with average or slow metabolisms yearn for.  These people are genetically elite and were given a gift.  I’m not a big fan of blaming genes for everything, but genes definitely do make things much easier for certain people and much harder for others.

It would be a dream come true for people with average or slow metabolisms, to increase their metabolisms up to a point where they would be considered someone with a fast metabolism.  Many bodybuilders are using a technique called reverse dieting to achieve this.

Reverse dieting was created for bodybuilders that were on prolonged calorie and carb deficits and needed to get their metabolism back to normal after it was thrown in the gutter.  The process is relatively slow, but the main idea behind it is to slowly increase calories and CARBS back to normal levels.  Well some are taking the reverse diet even further and applying it to people that have average metabolisms.  In other words, they start with someone without a damaged metabolism and slowly increase carbs in the persons diet by about 5 grams per week.  Doesn’t sound like much but over the long term it greatly adds up.  The brilliance behind it is that since the increase is so SLOW the body naturally adjusts to it and doesn’t pick up fat.  Instead of gaining fat, the metabolism speeds up to burn off the extra energy.

Carbs (specifically glucose molecules from starches NOT sugar and fructose) enhance the metabolism the most.  It does this through a variety of factors, but to speed up the metabolism increasing protein and fat is not going to get the job done.  Glucose basically brings your metabolism back to speed after long term low carb diets and once its back to speed it brings it even further beyond.

Many bodybuilders get to a point where there muscle mass is so great that they need over 500 carbs a day and sometimes a lot more just to maintain their mass.  Wouldn’t it be nice to MAINTAIN on a level of food that high?  Notice the increase comes solely from carbs though.  Protein and fat remain constant because the body only needs a certain amount from each of these and carbs are what go up and down.

Carbs are a very interesting molecule that gets underserved bashing and it could be the superhero macronutrient behind getting the body of your dreams.  I will post more in the next parts about what happens on carbohydrate overfeeding (surplus of calories), but basically carbs do not readily get stored as fat as many people believe they do.  Most of those studies showing that carbs are grossly fattening came from animal studies with completely different physiology’s than human beings.

Summary: A person with a subpar metabolism can slowly increase their metabolism over time, by slowing adding in carbs to the diet.  Its a long term process, but the results are worth it.  Carbs are not readily stored as fat as many people believe.

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