‘Man Vs Metabolism’ – INFS invited guests featured in Pune Mirror

Online physique coach and fitness experts, Sanne Leenman and Menno Henselmans, were featured in the Pune Mirror. An excerpt of the published article:

It’s a common misconception that your metabolic rate is responsible for weight gain or loss and most use this as an excuse to not head out to exercise or eat sensibly. Mirror spoke to online physique coach from Netherlands, Menno Henselmans, and nutrition coach, Sanne Leenman, who were in the city recently for a seminar on fitness and nutrition. Organised by the Pune-based Institute of Nutrition and Fitness Sciences (INFS), the seminar focussed on metabolism among other topics. Henselmans, who has authored studies on the subject, and Leenman, who has a huge following for her online meal plans, dispel some popular myths around metabolism.

There’s a lot of confusion around varying levels of metabolic rates that lead to higher or lower fat burning properties. “There is no evidence that low metabolism leads to weight gain. An individual’s metabolic rate doesn’t have nearly as much variation on an average,” says Henselmans, “The main issue is energy balance and the net energy storage or loss in the body.” When the energy input or intake of calories is higher than the output or energy expended, it naturally leads to weight gain. And since obesity disrupts the hormone system in the body, it could affect thyroid levels, which control the body’s metabolism.

Lower thyroid levels, especially T3 levels, affect your metabolic rate. Those with hypothyroidism have a lower metabolic rate, but it is another myth that this causes a significant weight gain. “The lower your thyroid levels, the lower your appetite,” says Leenman.

Sometimes, those who want to lose weight even go as far as taking thyroid hormones to increase their metabolism. “This messes up your natural hormone system and your appetite will increase with your thyroid levels increasing, so that still balances out your energy equilibrium if you eat more than what you’re supposed to,” says Leenman, who has worked with hypothyroid patients to achieve successful weight loss.

There is also no clinical proof to suggest that more women are prone to thyroid issues than men. But there’s good news. “Generally women have better metabolic rates, better insulin sensitivity, lower issues with fat intake,” says Henselmans, “So when women consume a high fat meal, it doesn’t suppress insulin sensitivity or induce insulin resistance as much as it does in men.”

Compared to men, women also find that fat is more satiating, but it’s important to note that fat is really good for the female hormone production. Women benefit from fat, especially when they’re really lean, because it keeps their menstrual cycle intact. “Generally, women respond better in terms of both adherence and physical change on slightly higher fat diets than men do,” adds Henselmans.

It’s proven that dieting does not decrease your metabolic rate. “My research team offered a paper on metabolic damage because the theory that a lot of people have is that if you diet, you damage your metabolism and that’s why afterwards, you get fat because you have lower energy expenditure.

Read full article here.

Menno Henselmans is on the Board of Advisors for INFS and actively contributes in insuring its course content is updated with the latest findings in research in Nutrition and Fitness. If you are interested in a career in fitness or want to update your knowledge, explore INFS’s comprehensive courses in Fitness and Nutrition here.

INFS Successfully Conducted an Advanced Seminar ‘Train the Trainer’

Institute of Nutrition and Fitness Sciences held a two day seminar in association with TomTom on 11th and 12th March, 2017 in Pune and Bengaluru respectively. The seminar had well known speakers like Menno Henselmans, Brad Dieter, Jitendra Chouksey and Sanne Leenman. It was a 4 hour seminar on both two days and visitors came in hundreds to soak in all the knowledge.

Menno Henselmans, was the first speaker on stage. Menno spoke about the training progression one must make as he advances from the beginner level to the advanced lifter. His first session on the Training Progression from Beginner to Advanced Lifters, for Optimal Results gave a different perspective on designing your training program for specific goals.

Menno also had a second session where he spoke about the much debated topic, ‘Metabolic Damage’. Extreme dieting for a prolonged period has been known to bring down the metabolism. But this theory was attached with a myth that this kind of dieting also causes a permanent damage to your metabolism for good while now which many prominent members in the fitness industry also agreed with. Menno Henselmans broke this myth in his second session titled ‘Metabolic Damage and Reverse Dieting’. He cited a number of research papers to justify his conclusion about how metabolic damage was an absolute myth and also that reverse dieting was not required by people who actually had reduced their metabolic rate.

Dr Brad Dieter was the other speaker who conducted his session on ‘Critical Review of Popular Fat Loss Strategies’. He discussed how different dieting strategies fared with different types of population and its impact. He also made a great comparison between the various popular dieting strategies like the ketogenic diet, zone diet and the low carb diets. His session gave insights on how much importance one must give to the macronutrient distribution while making your own diets.

Sanne Leenman was the next speaker who discussed ‘Exploring the mindset of successful body transformations’. You can diet all you want and prepare all the magical diets that supposedly give you the best results in this universe but all of it will be a huge waste if you cannot adhere to it. For this, Sanne explained, you need the right mindset for getting the desired changes in your physique. She discussed various theories and strategies to help one achieve success in their body transformation endeavours.

The last session of the day, Jitendra Chouksey’s session, was being looked forward to by many considering his large following in the Indian fitness industry. Though he was initially known as someone who achieved the physique of Adonis, he is today more popular for successfully setting up his multi- million dollar company, SQUATS Fitness Pvt. Ltd. and so he spoke about what it takes to run a business that bases its whole model around serving the society. Both days ended with the visitors reflecting and sharing their experience with the speakers and their mentors.