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- $49 for Four-Week E-Fit Boot Camp ($150 value)
- $95 for Eight-Week E-Fit Boot Camp ($300 value)
Metabolism: Balancing the Body’s Ledger
Running burns calories, but adding muscle can help you burn calories even while sitting still. Learn why with Groupon’s guide to the metabolism.
To make sense of metabolism, it’s easiest to think of the body as a machine with countless functions and very specific fuel requirements. When we eat, enzymes in our digestive system break down food into its component ingredients: proteins devolve into amino acids, fats into fatty acids, and carbohydrates into sugars such as glucose. These then seep into the blood stream and spread throughout the body, so that thousands of metabolic reactions happen at the same time. Some of the energy from these acids and sugars gets used for specific bodily maintenance functions, such as pumping the heart or yelling to scare away a mean-looking squirrel. Whatever isn’t needed right away will be stored as fat for later use.
To avoid gaining extra fat deposits, we must use all the calories that we ingest. The speed at which energy is burned while at rest is called the Basal Metabolic Rate, or BMR, and it’s affected by a person’s age, sex, and proportion of muscle to fat. The older a person is, the lower their BMR typically is; men generally have a higher BMR than women; and the body burns more calories to maintain muscle than fat. (After all, it would be a rather poor design if the body had to use a great deal of energy just to maintain its energy reserves.) Our BMR adjusts according to our lifestyle, slowing down when food is scarce and speeding up when we have to eat our way out of the wreckage of a popcorn-factory explosion. This is why eating five smaller meals throughout the day can help people lose weight, whereas starvation diets often result in little to no weight loss.
How the body uses its fuel was a perplexing mystery for generations of thinkers. In the 1600s, a man by the name of Santorio Santorio took it upon himself to study body weight. For 30 years he weighed everything that went into his body and everything that came out, often eating, working, and sleeping on a scale. What he found was that his total visible excreta was less than the amount of food he ingested, but the difference couldn’t be accounted for by his weight gain. This led him to come up with the theory of insensible perspiration—the unpalatable idea that we constantly expel waste through our skin.
A Chat with Endeavor Sports Performance
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Our coaches are among the best in the industry. We provide you with the 3 most important components to improving your fitness and achieve your fat loss goals: high quality workouts, consistency, and making changes to your eating habits. All of this done in a FUN, highly motivating atmosphere.
Exercise is challenging. How do you keep clients motivated and engaged?
We have highly energetic coaches who run the bootcamp sessions. They will help you get results fast, and that alone is all you will ever need to stay motivated.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
We are extremely passionate about helping people from all walks of life achieve their fitness goals. Endeavor was founded with the motivation to provide the highest quality service possible, and exceed clients' expectations.
What do you love most about your job?
We love to change lives. We truly enjoy seeing people starting to feel better than they ever have by simply following our advice and our training programs. It is very gratifying to see people live healthier lives and knowing that we helped them along the way.