At LIVE, we believe exercise is the most effective method for instantly boosting metabolism. It is this essential combination of exercise and proper diet that naturally leads to maximum metabolic efficiency.
Both are absolutely essential for success. That said, we believe that diet should be your No. 1 priority, and here’s why: Both your ability to exercise and your exercise results will naturally accelerate in the presence of proper nutrition. Without proper diet, you won’t be able to effectively access energy stores, nor will you be able replace nutrients lost during exercise. When that happens, metabolism declines.
We offer advice to a lot of people who go to the gym almost religiously. Often, they spend hours working out, and still, over the course of months, they show little or no progress. Over time, they’re still overweight and unsatisfied in spite of their efforts. On the other hand, we know people who work out far less and make amazing progress, and still others who maintain a healthy, lean look without even trying.
Naturally, your body’s genetics are a key factor. But so is metabolism, and metabolism is inherently dependent on how you treat your body. If you attempt to exercise intensively without supporting your body’s nutritional needs, you won’t get very far.
Rest and relaxation, too, are every bit as important as action. Remember that under chronic stress or exhaustion, your body’s nervous system (and thus your metabolism) suffers. Avoid compulsively long daily exercise routines. Instead, vary your workouts, including short, intense training sessions in the mix.
Many fitness experts recommend moderate exercise, such as walking or gardening, as the best solution. Their reasoning is that moderate exercise puts less pressure on the body and the heart. Certainly, gentle exercise is good for you, and it results in less oxidation and fewer free radicals than intensive exercise, but it also limits the challenges you can approach and the level of fitness you can achieve.
We believe the best way to exercise is by providing your body with intense stimuli to which it will naturally adapt. Our body has the wisdom to adjust to physical strain by getting stronger and tougher. Through this adaptative process, the body improves it’s own metabolic state.
Intense and short exercise intervals are also effective in pumping blood and oxygen to the entire body. Maximum oxygenation helps rejuvenate all body tissues and, again, this helps boost overall metabolism.
If you haven’t been exercising regularly and strenuously, don’t try to force yourself to exercise with maximum intensity straight out of the gate. Instead, follow a constructive exercise routine in which you gradually increase intensity over a period of weeks or months.
Nourish your body, exercise intensely and get enough rest, and you can quickly reach a state of maximum metabolic efficiency. In this state, your body will efficiently burn body fat as fuel. Its base level of energy utilization will accelerate, and gradually, this will cause your body to naturally redesign itself.
When you reach maximum metabolic efficiency, you are literally re-creating yourself – at a cellular level – on an ongoing basis. Just because you weren’t born with a super-fast metabolism doesn’t mean you can’t possess one. And just because you are carting around extra fat right now doesn’t mean you have to keep it forever.
If you want to live in a young, vigorous, lean body, just give your body what it needs in order to reach a peak metabolic state: Eat well, exercise intensely, get enough rest. Most importantly, get to know your body from the inside out. Enjoy its power, respect its complexity, and it will repay you richly.