As frustrating as it is to be dieting and exercising without seeing any sort of improvement, it’s important to remember that knowledge is power when it comes to making a change you can see and feel for your body.
As of February 2021, there’s research that suggests HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workouts are one piece of the fitness puzzle that could help you get your metabolism revved up and finally burn stubborn fat that’s been sticking around.
How can HIIT help?
Based on data from over 1 million metabolism measurements, Lumen (the creators of the world’s first handheld metabolism measurement device) found that 60% of HIIT workouts resulted in shifting the body from carb-burning to fat burning. This is a 25% higher stimulation of fat burning than even running provides, and it’s almost triple the amount that recreational sports provide.
In other words, HIIT training is the key to increasing your carb capacity this summer, which will get you the results you’ve been after. Your carb capacity is how many carbs your body can hold before it starts turning carbohydrates into fat cells. When you participate in a HIIT workout, you can better train your metabolism to switch between carbs and fats as a fuel source, as needed.
A flexible metabolism not only makes it easier to lose weight and maintain it, but it also puts you in a better position to gain muscle and increase athletic performance — it’s a great way to level up your current progress. It even puts you at a lower risk of developing obesity, diabetes and metabolic disorders. And, hey, even if you’re not all that interested in dialing in on your nutrition and fitness, increasing your carb capacity is also key to eating more carbs without so many of the usual side effects.
How to hack your metabolism
So, how can you get your metabolism to do what you want it to? For years, measuring metabolism was only possible in a lab or doctor’s office. But now, there’s a device that can measure your body’s current metabolic state, suggest what to eat or what type of workout to do based on that data, and much more.
Lumen is a device that measures your metabolism through the CO2 in the breath. Understanding your body’s CO2 production can reveal if your body is running off of fat or carbs. To lose body fat, you want your body to run off of fat and stick to carbs strictly for energy burn. Internal studies conducted by Lumen found that the device itself can “provide numerous insights about the metabolism of an individual, as well as valuable scientific data to increase knowledge of metabolic flexibility and nutrition.” In a study conducted by San Francisco State University, Lumen has been validated and peer-reviewed to meet the gold standard for metabolic measurement.
Make more progress with Lumen
Lumen is the first device that not only measures where your body’s metabolic rate currently stands but also makes suggestions in real-time of what you should do to optimize your body’s fuel source. For example, breathing on Lumen before a workout can let you know if your body is running low on fuel. If it is, your workout will be less efficient and you may not be able to move as fast or lift as heavy. Lumen could suggest you have a few bites of an energy bar before your workout to boost your carb stores for physical activity. On the other hand, use Lumen first thing in the morning after a night of overdoing it, and it’ll tell you what kind of food choices you should make that day. Simple suggestions like having a salad or a high-protein chicken sandwich will get your body back on track without you having to do any guesswork yourself.
Where did this seriously cool tech come from? Lumen was also founded by two sisters who are physiology PhDs and Ironman competitors, so they really know what they’re talking about.
Understanding what your metabolism is doing is the key to understanding and meeting your weight goals, fitness goals and overall personal health goals. Use it to track progress toward better carb capacity and watch your performance adapt. Optimizing metabolism is the missing piece to your healthiest lifestyle yet. Take control of your nutrition, your workouts, and your energy with Lumen by understanding what your body is doing from the inside out.