PrintMinute Myth Busting: Your Metabolism Will Slow with Weight Loss

Ever feel like your metabolism is working against you, making it impossible to lose weight?

Metabolism is the rate that food turns to energy and gets used by the body as fuel. A higher metabolism means your body burns more calories to function—a key characteristic for weight loss.

Some diets can cause your metabolism to slow because they don’t provide the right kind or amount of protein to support muscle tissue. You may lose weight, but it’s the wrong kind of weight. In addition to burning some fat, your body is also breaking down muscle for energy. Decreased muscle mass results in a slower metabolism, making it harder to reach your weight loss goals.

Fortunately, there are ways you can maintain muscle and support a high metabolism while burning fat.

Because muscle is the biggest factor when it comes to boosting metabolism, it’s important to engage in exercise. For optimal muscle growth, research supports intense resistance or weight training (1).

In addition to intense resistance training, the right kind and amount of high-quality protein is essential for building muscle and boosting metabolism. Whey protein has especially been shown in studies to boost metabolism during weight loss longer than other types of protein such as soy (2,3).

Don’t fall victim to diets that slow metabolism. Rev metabolism up to high-speed and build muscle by engaging in intense exercise and consuming the right amounts of high-quality whey protein like Isagenix IsaLean® Pro.

References

  1. Shiraev T, Barclay G. Evidence based exercise – clinical benefits of high intensity interval training. Aust Fam Physician. 2012;41(12):960-2.
  2. Yang Y, Churchward-Venne TA, Burd NA, et al. Myofibrillar protein synthesis following ingestion of soy protein isolate at rest and after resistance exercise in elderly men. Nutr Metab (Lond) 2012;9:57.
  3. Ravn AM, Gregersen NT, Christensen R, et al. Thermic effect of a meal and appetite in adults: an individual participant data meta-analysis of meal-test trials. Food Nutr Res 2013;57.