What Is Your Resting Metabolic Rate?

The key to sustainable weight loss (as opposed to the “yoyo” weight loss and weight gain of trendy weight loss fads) is a high resting metabolic rate and balanced nutrition.  Your calorie intake should be linked to your resting and active metabolic rates.

Metabolic testing unlocks the secrets held in the individual physiology of each of our clients and is crucial to our success in helping people of all ages and abilities reach peak fitness and optimum body weight. Without this testing, all other exercise and nutrition programs are based on a guess when it comes to the calories you require each day to reach your goals.

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Your resting metabolic rate, or the calories you burn throughout every minute of the day, is much more important for weight management than the calories you burn while exercising. The term “metabolic refers” to how your body makes energy. Your resting metabolic rate is the rate at which your body burns calories to run your bodily functions at rest

Many clients come to us in frustration because they have reduced their calorie intake and increased their training, but are still unable to achieve the body they desire. At this point, they are consuming fewer calories than their body needs for basic systems function, forcing their metabolism to slow to an idle to conserve every calorie consumed. The result is a sluggish metabolism that stores fat instead of burning it for energy. With the information gleaned from this test, we can accurately prescribe for you the quantity of calories you need in order to keep your metabolism revving all day long. The result is less body fat and more energy.

Strength Training For Women

With all the attention given to women’s health issues, it’s now widely understood that all women benefit from a resistance training program to maintain strong bones and healthy joints, and to avoid the insidious weight gain that comes with age.

“By your mid-30s, most people still look young, but are already experiencing the BIG Three of aging: deteriorating lean muscle mass, worsening posture, and crumbling joints” say Robert Forster, Physical Therapist and PT.

All women can benefit from weight training. Strength work can help manage weight, improve bone and joint health, and help improve or maintain balance in old age.

Balanced Nutrition

To lose weight you need to create a deficit in calories from your active metabolic rate. However, that is reducing calories BUT WITHOUT LOSING LEAN MUSCLE, otherwise you will be in worse situation than when you started.

To help preserve muscle mass, aim for at least 15 grams of protein at every meal, the amount of protein is personalised to the individual. And a Herbalife Formula 1 protein shake after training accelerates lean muscle growth, which in turn revs your metabolism and burns more fat, and speeds up recovery. Eating soon after your workout not only speeds the recovery process, it also can prevent you from feeling deeply ravenous and overeating later on.

If you don’t maintain good levels of macro and micro nutrients, you may find you are never satisfied after eating, or still lack energy, making you reach for products such as sugary drinks, biscuits or other unhealthy snacks. These foods can cause an energy spike (rise in blood sugar) followed by an energy crash (fall in blood sugar), which leads to further fatigue and hunger. Skipping meals, especially breakfast may seem like a good way to cut calories, but it can leave you feeling tired and hungry long before your next meal. Hence taking a Herbalife Formula 1 Shake for breakfast…is a great place to start

Myths and Misconceptions

Various myths and misconceptions about the effects of strength training for women are primarily responsible for the lack of participation among women in the weight room. Unfortunately, despite the successes of female participation in strength training, many of these myths continue to prevail today:

“Lifting Weights Will Make Me Look Bulky” – Body building involves specific training techniques to increase size. Therefore, significant increase in female muscle size is not an issue if you train properly.

“My Goal is To Burn Fat, Not Get Stronger, So I Should I Run or Lift Weights?”  While strength training in itself burns fewer calories than continuous aerobic exercise, studies show that increased muscle mass enhances metabolic function throughout the day. Even during rest, your metabolism continues to work at a higher pace when you have more muscle. Therefore, adding strength training to your cardiovascular (metabolic) routine exponentially increases your ability to burn unwanted fat, even when you are sleeping.

“Older Women Should Not Participate in Strength Training Exercises” – Older women must participate in activities designed specifically for them, in order to strengthen all of the large muscle groups to maintain maximum health and lifestyle performance. Health benefits received from this type of exercise are numerous: stronger bones and healthier joints, better balance and improved risk of falls, sustained independence later in life, and decreased risk of insulin resistance and diabetes.

10 Reasons Why Strength Training is Beneficial to Women:

1. Increases your lean muscle mass, and raises your metabolic rate to assist with weight management.
2. Helps improve body composition, i.e. more muscle and less fat at the same body weight.
3. Increases bone density to prevent and reverse the onset of osteoporosis.
4. Improves body strength and joint function, allows for ease of movement so that exercise, work, and daily activities becomes much less burdensome.
5. Improves circulation, coordination, balance, and overall health
6. Improves energy levels and mental focus
7. Helps avoid injury: a stronger body is less likely to become injured.
8. Helps develop a balanced, well-proportioned physique.
9. Helps you look better and improve your self-esteem, with a sense of personal empowerment.
10. Makes life fun! Improved conditioning will increase enjoyment of your favourite activities and sports.

Options

At the gym with equipment, at fit camp using own body weight, in the swimming pool with aquafit using resistance bands, or at home using the 24 Fit Workouts with resistance bands and dumbbells. Which will become habit-forming for you?

24Fit

24Fit gradually increases in intensity so you don’t workout harder you workout smarter. Over the 24 week programme, during the 3 separate phases trains your body to burn fat instead of carbs. Address common vulnerabilities of the human body regardless of age or previous activity level. Make your body more resilient to injury, unlike many “insane workouts” which lead to injuries.

Periodization training so you need to sequence your training, to develop one aspect of fitness at a time and then use that as a foundation to build the next. And principles which recognise that all exercise is much less effective if rest and recovery periods are not provided.

More details

Do you know your resting metabolic rate, if yes, please share below so we can see how they vary based on height, sex and activity levels. If not, then make contact with us.

Level 10 Result Using The Herbalife 24 Fit DVDs

Lauren gets a Level 10 Result with the 24 Fit Workout DVDs, Formula 1 Meal Replacement Shakes and recovery shake – Rebuild Strength.

Lauren completed her Level 10 Body Transformation Challenge. Her Level 10 Challenge was to get a toned tummy and lose body fat. Watch the video to find out how she lost 2% body fat and gained 2.6kg lean muscle mass!

Many people say that, as they age, they eat and exercise the same amount but still gain weight. One of the main causes of this is loss of muscle mass. Genetically, women have less muscle than men, and as a woman ages, the preservation of lean muscle becomes vital. By the time you’ve hit 30, muscular strength begins to head south.

To help preserve muscle mass, step up your strength training and aim for at least 20 grams of protein at every meal(personalised to the individual). Focus on getting both both plant protein and animal protein into your diet. And don’t skip your protein shake after you exercise and think that you’ll save calories! A protein shake after training accelerates lean muscle growth, which in turn revs your metabolism and burns more fat, and speeds up recovery.

Post Pregnancy Workout Tips

Extracts from an article on Post Pregnancy Workouts on the web site http://www.hipandhealthy.co.uk written by Samantha Clayton, Herbalife Fitness Expert and mum of four.

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“If you have had a baby and are looking at your new post baby body with total despair, don’t panic, don’t resort to drastic diet and exercise measures instead let me help you to get on the path to your pre baby body in style with a perfect fitness plan.”

“No one had warned me however that pregnancy plays havoc on your joints and tendons especially if you are nursing and I was injured within a few weeks”

“Regaining your core strength must become your full time priority. No more slouching in your seat, no more hunching over because you are tired”

Sam is the lead instructor in the new Herbalife H24 Fit DVD: http://www.24fit.tv

Herbalife Level 10 Body Transformation Challenge

12 Weeks to a Stronger, Fitter, Slimmer You !

The  Level 10 Body Transformation Challenge encourages people to reach their ultimate goal and be the best they can be whether it be weight loss, body fat loss or even gaining muscle.

herbalife-level-10-body-transformation-challengeTaking part in the  Body Transformation Challenge you will receive:

  • 12 Week Contest to Transform Your Body
  • 6 Categories of Competition
  • Personalised Body Analysis
  • Regular Consultations and Coach Support
  • Education About Nutrition and Exercise
  • Weekly Meetings with new Friends on the Challenge
  • Compete for 000s in Prizes and Giveaways
  • Customised Meal Programme and Meal Plan

Level 10 Details