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#8 Metabolic aftermath
💢💢 Guest Writer Critta Stamatiou professional powerlifter 750kg total at U75kg Bodyweight 💢💢
So now we’ve established that “cardio” and “conditioning” both have very different aspects when it comes to body composition and metabolic activity. It’s pretty simple, cardio will help you look like the Biebs so you can wear your sister’s skinny jeans and conditioning will turn you into Arnie from The Terminator or for the lady’s, Channing Tatum in Magic Mike#saynotodadbod.
Metabolic conditioning allows us to increase the efficiency of particular energy systems in our body that allow us to enhance performance and/or reach our desired aesthetic look. Lets look a little deeper. After a metabolic conditioning workout the rate at which calories are burned is still increased for a period of time. This essentially means that your body is still using energy regardless of you finishing your workout. This is referred to as excess post exercise oxygen consumption or EPOC. It’s purely a subsequent effect of a metabolic conditioning workout such as HIIT (high intensity interval training) which follows close, specific protocols in relation to rest to work ratios and intensity. Due to such a high intensity session the body’s metabolism stays increased for a few hours after. This is typically due to an elevated consumption of fuel or energy which is associated with EPOC. In response to this particular type of exercise, fat stores are broken down from stored triglycerides which in turn form into free fatty acids (FFA) within the body and are then transported through the blood stream to the mitochondria of the muscle cell. The mitochondria acts as a furnace of fire and fat as the wood which is burned for energy, all the magic! This essentially allows your body to burn more calories even after the actual work has been done.
Another additional benefit as a result of metabolic conditioning is increased LBM (lean body mass).
By increasing LBM you increase RMR (resting metabolic rate) and as well all know the higher our RMR the more food we can eat without getting fat, pretty simple stuff right? Well, due to the fact that LBM is more active in relation to increasing metabolism as opposed to adipose tissue, which is somewhat inactive, this further allows us a more efficient avenue to burn more calories while resting.
To help your understanding of this, RMR represents the amount of energy, measured in calories that your body must burn to keep itself alive while you are in a completely rested state. Now unfortunately for some, due to very poor dietary advice from wannabe dieticians and complete douche bags in the fitness industry #chickenandbroccoliforlife, metabolic damage can occur and is far too apparent in our era.
Not going into too much depth, metabolic damage or metabolic resistance as some people refer to it as, is a pretty loose term that is simply referred to as the body being resistant to losing weight. It’s typically a result of a dramatically reduced caloric intake over a length of time which throws your s#!t out of whack and allows you to keep those sexy muffin tops.
Weight loss completely stops and you can’t just apply the “eat less, exercise more” approach. Now because you can’t lose weight, does that mean you have metabolic damage, hell no! It is by no means a category you want to be automatically placing yourself in if you want to keep any sort of motivation to continue your body composition journey.
You first have to figure out what the underlying factor is whether it’s certain hormones and glands becoming disrupted that’s causing a dysfunction within that responding area or as simple as your diet isn’t on track and your macro breakdown/calorie intake is entirely wrong for your current physiological condition. Regardless, the issue needs to be addressed immediately and resolved logically. It creates this huge inability to positively alter body composition which is so undesired that it literally ruins peoples lives, but lets keep that can of worms for another time!