When you are obese, you face fitness problems one way or the other. It is not that you don’t want to be fit; in fact, you crave for fitness but it is your body fat percentage that comes in the way.
On the other hand, surprisingly, there are many obese people who are quite fit—doing jobs, doing household work, looking after children, moving around, running around—morning through evening they are on their feet!
Yes… believe me; I have personally met such people. When I had asked them, they said they have no health problem other than their fat content. Given a chance, they would try to lose fat; otherwise, they are happy with it. They feel that if they start losing fat, they would lose their power to work, become weak, and invite complicated health problems!
They believe that they are fit! Are they confident or overconfident?
Then I must say it’s all got to do with their metabolism factor!
Yes, the higher your metabolism factor, the more fit you are one way or the other. Your fitness level is linked to your type of body, which in turn, is linked to your metabolism factor.
- A person with lower metabolism factor has little or no fitness level (tends to gain fat easily and be obese)—as an Endomorph
- Another person with normal metabolism factor is fit (hardly gains fat)—as an Ectomorph
- Yet another person with higher (more than required) metabolism factor is indeed very fit (but has a tendency towards overweight if not careful)!—as a Mesomorph
Metabolism Factor: Mesomorph and Endomorph
Mesomorph and Endomorph bodies always tend toward obesity—whether they eat or not, exercise or not, with every little chance each body gets, it loves to put on fat!
Few of my virtual clients had even told me, “It seems even when we breathe in, we gain fat.”
It is all directly linked to metabolism factor.
Metabolism Factor – Boost your Metabolism
Each body type has its own way of boosting its metabolic or metabolism rate. Here, I will give few options which you need to follow (but not forced to follow) to boost your metabolism factor.
- You must have 7 to 8 hours of regular sleep at night
Why I am saying this because many people are in the habit of sleeping (not napping!) in the afternoon. This is more seen in hot places where the temperature in summer skyrockets. It makes the body very lethargic, and the moment you have lunch, the only thing on the mind is to have a solid sleep.
Stop this afternoon sleep ASAP. Okay… you can take a nap for about 15 min, that too, sitting on a chair, little stretched out in a relaxing manner, or like children do in school, head down on the table. Believe me, this works wonder without increasing the body fat percentage. After this 15 min nap, you will feel totally refreshed and your metabolic rate would be high.
Some people, who sleep very late (around 1 or 2 in the morning) because they cannot go to bed early or they have work to complete, feel that dividing their sleep hours could shoot up their metabolism. In other words, suppose they sleep at 1 or 2 am till 6 to 7 am (4 to 5 hrs) and again, 3 to 4 hrs in the afternoon. Please note that 7 to 8 hours sleep strictly means “at night”. A break in these hours and making it up with an afternoon sleep, on a regular basis, will never boost your metabolism; in fact, you will start gaining fat.
- Check your basal metabolic rate (BMR)
What is basal metabolic rate? It is the energy that is spent when your body is at rest. With the help of BMR, you can get a rough idea about how much calories your body would burn daily, and accordingly, what would be your calorie requirement on a daily basis.
- Get up at intervals and stroll about for few minutes when you have long hours of sitting jobs
There are many obese people who keep sitting and working for hours, except for getting up a couple of times for some work.
While at home, you can get up at intervals to make tea, or wash clothes, or whatever you have to do. In the office, you can at least go and get your own coffee, walk to the desk of your colleague to take or give files/papers, go out after lunch for a few minutes to stroll in a nearby park, etc.
Stop riding up and down the lifts; instead, take to staircase. Initially, you will feel breathless. Take it slow for the first few days; afterwards when you get used to it, you can feel your metabolic rate shoot up every time you use staircase. Also, if you stay near your office or place of work, walk your way to office and back home.
Keep sitting at a place for long hours and your metabolism would go for a six. Try these… I know you can do it! Just motivate yourself.
- Stop emotional eating
When someone tells you something or makes remarks on your obesity, it does not mean you are going to take out your frustration and anger by stuffing yourself with food, especially junks and carbonated sugary drinks. Of course I understand how you feel about these remarks, but emotional eating is not at all the solution.
Though emotional eating can temporarily increase your metabolism, what would happen when the level falls? Whatever extra you have eaten, all would get stored as fat, and hence, the body fat percentage would increase. Do you seriously want this to happen—your body storing more fat?
- Stop taking drugs whenever you feel like
You have a headache, you pop down a pill; you have stomachache, you pop down a pill, without actually knowing how your body would react to these drugs or whether you should really take them. If there is any serious or recurring complication, it would obviously be better to consult your physician rather than being your own doctor and taking the consequences in your hands.
You must know that these drugs can make your metabolism go slow and sluggish. If by chance they help in temporary metabolic shoot ups, there would be no fat loss. In fact, the aftereffects of these “popping down any time” drugs would prove to be very harmful in the long run.
- Start regular workouts
Yes, this is a must if you want your metabolic rate to shoot up and shed some fat. The more you are physically active, the more you would start keeping fit. An increase in metabolic rate would obviously depend upon what types of workout you would do, how long you would take, and the final effects thereafter.
- Try to get rid of unnecessary stress and tension
These act as slow poison and would tend to make your metabolism sluggish. Can you show me one person who is without stress and tension in today’s world? And unnecessary stress and tension? This “unnecessary” is a metabolism killer! Instead of shouldering such a situation, try to find quick solutions to get rid of or lower your stress and tension.
- Take supplements in the form of fat burner pills
You are quite obese and lead a sedentary lifestyle, and no diet, no exercise is helping you; the best option would be to take supplements in the form of fat burner pills. When administered properly along with healthy balanced diet and regular workout regime (light cardio, gym, swim, walk, cycle, light jog, etc.), fat burner pills raise the metabolism factor that would in turn help you to shed your body fat percentage. Also, you will start feeling and looking fit.
Yes, there are many obese people without any major medical complications, who do not want to exercise but only take fat burner pills to lose fat. In such a case also, the pills would be effective but these would end up with stronger side effects than the ones who take fat burner pills and do workouts regularly.
When you are obese+ (morbid obesity) and go for any type of surgery as the last option to reduce body fat percentage, it would of course help you in boosting your metabolism. Imagine loosing pounds and pounds when you go under knives! It is true that some have got positive results, and yet, there are others who have gained back the body fat percentage after about 6 to 8 months. Surgery is not for all, especially not for those who suffer from major or complex medical complications.
Metabolism factor plays a major role in losing body fat percentage. You should always try to boost your metabolic rate, and not make it slow or sluggish, if you want a lean and fit health.