Have you ever caught yourself saying, “Wow; I wish I had her metabolism” or “Must be nice to eat like that and not gain a pound”…..?  I know I have on more than one occasion.  But there’s always more to the story than meets the eye when observing what, how, and when most people eat.

When it comes to being in Colorado and cookies; sometimes you gotta say, “When in Rome ( or Durango)….”
Before you go assuming that you “wished you had someone else’s metabolism,” you must think about the many factors that do in fact affect each individual’s metabolism.  Aside from body composition, age, gender, and weight, there is more to the picture than “good genes”, bogus “fat burners”, and “magic metabolism boosting foods”….

First, we must stop thinking of metabolism in terms of “fast” vs. “slow” and focus more on efficiency of metabolism.  

Second – let’s take a look at what the definition of metabolism really is;

“the chemical processes by which a plant or an animal uses food, water, etc., to grow and heal and to make energy” (merriam-webster.com). 

Therefore, it’s not just about the food we eat that either speeds up, slows down or makes our metabolism run more smoothly; rather it’s how that food impacts the (chemical) processes by which it’s broken down and either used for energy or stored as fat.  

Enter ——> HORMONES

Hormones determine hunger, satiety, cravings mood, energy, health, motivation, etc.  In turn, we can control our hormonal responses by what we eat, how much rest and sleep we get, amount and type of physical activity we participate in and knowing that all of these things work in conjunction with each other.

“Hormones control metabolism, and when insulin, cortisol, leptin, catecholamines, thyroid and others that control fat metabolism are “balanced” (balanced meaning in the right amounts, ratios, and able to interact correctly with their cell receptors), fat loss, not just weight loss, is the more likely outcome” (Jade Teta; Metabolic Effect).

The harder we make it on our body; the harder our body will fight us – and the easier we make it on our bodies (by eating well: the right foods in the appropriate amounts, getting adequate sleep and training smart) the easier; more efficiently our metabolism will run.

Ever notice that when you don’t sleep very well you spend the entire next day craving foods you normally don’t crave?  

Or couple not sleeping well, with over training, stress at work and all you seem to want to do is eat not just everything in sight, but everything in sight covered with sugar and a cherry on top?  

It could be that you just have no self control and dream of eating crappy food all day, or it could be a sign that your hormones have created the perfect storm: an increase in hunger, a dip in energy, and cravings through the roof!  

We can directly impact our metabolic efficiency (hormonal/chemical responses) through the foods we eat, getting adequate rest, and smart training.  

Through the Pump & Shred program we educate our clients on just that.  We incorporate nutrition, supplementation, and training in a way that has been proven to illicit ideal metabolic function, fat-loss, and muscle building.  We believe that there is no need to eliminate food groups, drastically cut carbs, calorie-restrict, or try to out-train a less than optimal diet. For most of our clients, it’s just a matter of timing and portioning of foods as well as identifying the right ratios of protein, carbohydrates, and fat that will help them achieve their goals of fat loss, muscle gain, or overall improved health & wellness. 

For more information on the Pump & Shred program just click on the link or follow along via Facebook and Twitter.

And finally…..the announcement of the Shake Up November winners for this week’s giveaways: Vega Sport and BluebonnetWhey protein powder goes to Ashley for the “Greatest Greens” winner and Christine for the open drawing winner. Congrats, ladies! I’ll be contacting you to ship your goods ASAP.

And of course, I can’t send you all away without a #tellmemel #ShakeUpNov recipe!

Nutritional info based on ingredients above; including AdvoCare chocolate Muscle Gain (not pictured).
~ 297 Calories. ~ 9 grams of fat. ~ 24 grams of Carbs. ~ 30 grams of protein. 

This shake is seriously tha-bomb.  I drank half and poured the other half in ice cube trays to experiment with freezing it. Will find out tomorrow morning if it works. I sure hope so because O-M-GEEE it’s tasty! This recipe is based on one shared by Christine, this week’s winner.

– 1 serving of chocolate whey protein powder
– 1 Tbsp raw cacao powder
– 1 Tbsp raw cacao nibs
– 1/4 cup frozen cherries
– 4 oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk + 4 oz water
– ice 
Blend it up and drink it up!