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GETTING TO GRIPS WITH METABOLISM

Metabolic myths are all too frequent in conversation, with many believing that you cannot change your metabolism. With so much advice circulating, it is hard to know what is true and what are just “old wives’ tales”. Patrick breaks down the metabolism into meaningful facts based on an overwhelming amount of research.

“The bottom line is that the body is intelligent. If you try to starve it, it will turn down your metabolic fire. If you work with its natural design, you’ll burn unwanted fat early,” explains Patrick.

  1. Your metabolism turns food into glucose or stores it as fat. Having a slow metabolism means that you will turn more food into fat.
  2. The speed at which your metabolism runs is mainly due to what you eat and how active you are, but is partly inherited. It also changes based on your blood sugar levels.
  3. Skipping meals, calorie cutting and starvation do not stop your body converting food into fat. In fact, your body holds onto blood sugar by slowing down your metabolic rate, making it harder to burn fat – also known as the rebound effect.
  4. Exercise is the fastest way to improve your metabolic rate, particularly through a combination of strength and cardiovascular resistance exercises (using more than two joints).
  5. Slow-releasing carbohydrates, like those of the low-GL diet, keep your blood sugar even and allows your metabolism to be in a state of balance – not too slow or too fast.

“By changing the kinds and combinations of food you eat, and exercising, you can reprogramme yourself to burn fat more rapidly. And the less fat and more lean tissue you have, the more calories you burn off just by keeping your body alive. This is what the low-GL diet, along with exercise, will do for you over the long term,” says Patrick.