What we eat and how we move are the pillars of healthy living. Optimizing metabolism requires an understanding of the lifestyle and health factors which increase or decrease our bodies to ability to utilize and store fat.
These factors include:
Inadequate sleep is a physiological stressor which prompts the body to store more fat more efficiently.
Manage Your Stress
When we are stressed we release cortisol. Consistently high levels of cortisol stops fat burning and causes increased abdominal storage of fat.
What’s in Your Blood?
It isn’t entirely true that as we age our metabolism slows down. It is more likely that a hormone imbalance is hampering your metabolic function.
Hormone imbalances, thyroid dysfunction and poor detoxification all impact our metabolic rate.
Manage your Blood Sugar
The Standard American Diet is way too high in simple sugars and starches. It is estimated that more than 1/3 of the American population has poor blood sugar control. Eating a high sugar diet stops fat burning and increases fat storage.
Substituting healthy fats for sugar increases satiety and keeps fat burning going.
Use Fat for Fuel During Exercise
Working out too hard can be problematic in individuals wanting to lose weight as it prevents fat burning.
For optimal weight loss your exercise regimen should consist of exercises that encourage your body to use fat for fuel. This is different for everyone.