Feeling gassed after busting your butt day in and day out? If you’re grinding away at your training program and noticing that between your hardcore cutting diet and your amped up training routine, you’re running out of energy, it’s likely because you’ve slowed down or, better yet, out-paced your metabolism.

I’d be hard-pressed to say that anyone with a decent amount of muscle could possibly have a slow metabolism, but most certainly your metabolism does change as your body changes. What’s more, is that it’s not as simple as just working out harder and hoping to boost it. If it were that easy, well, you’d already have an explosive metabolism and wouldn’t need to read any further.

We know that genetics certainly plays a role in the speed at which you process calories. Some are more blessed than others. But science has also taught us that there are ways, both through specific exercises and food choices, that can augment (or suppress) your metabolic rate. Unfortunately, there is a roller coaster-like process that is almost unavoidable, called life, that occasionally gets in the way. In any case, the more you understand about why and how your body responds to various stimuli, the better you’ll be at dialing in your best physique ever.

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