You’re going to have a really hard time releasing stubborn body fat if you are trying to lose weight without learning what the most important parts of your metabolism and health in general.
Imagine that the human body is a temple, and all temples have a solid foundation. Thereby, neglecting the foundation will only make you gain extra weight.
By learning the 5 most important metabolic factors which are responsible for fat burning, you are going to help your body assess and build up its foundation.
5 Most Important Metabolic Factors
1. Your Liver -The main detoxification organ. The liver is responsible for ¾ of your thyroid hormone production.
2. Your Adrenals -Your stress glands. The adrenal glands regulate steroid hormones (for fat loss) and stress hormones helping balance your metabolism.
3. Your Thyroid -Your master metabolism gland controls your body temperature, metabolism functions, and ability to burn fat.
4. Your Muscle –The only metabolically active tissue in the body, helps burn fat, regulate blood glucose, and support an elevated metabolism.
5. Your Body -The product of the 4 previous metabolism factors. Your body is either functioning optimally or is in a state of disease.
1. Start With Your Liver
Your liver plays a huge role in how energy is used and stored in your body.
In fact, your liver even regulates blood sugar by activating or deactivating metabolic enzymes, It also plays a role in hormone regulation as well as synthesizing molecules essential for homeostasis.
What’s more, the organ stores excess glucose as glycogen to keep your body running in between meals. When its glycogen stores are full, the excess energy is stored as fat. Plus, it has the ability to synthesizing glucose out of such things as amino acids and carbohydrates.
The liver is at the center of fat storage and use: when in need of energy, it oxidizes triglycerides to produce energy, supplies energy to its own cells and sends the remaining energy through the bloodstream to feed other tissues.
And if that wasn’t enough, your liver filters out toxins, breaks down medicines, and metabolizes alcohol. In all, this vital organ performs more than 600 life-supporting metabolic functions.
However, when your liver is overloaded with heavy metals, alcohol, and artificial sweeteners, it can’t perform these functions as well as it should. Subsequently, you may experience weight gain, bloating, skin issues, mood disorders, low energy, poor sleep quality, and the inability to lose weight.
To get your liver back on track, cut out artificial sweeteners, alcohol, and processed fats; eat plenty of fiber; make sure to get at least 7 hours of sleep per night, and exercise regularly.
2. The Adrenal Glands Affect the Metabolism in This Way
The adrenal glands are responsible for maintaining healthy metabolism. The adrenal secrete hormones which balance or regulate the hormones.
The behavior of the adrenals is determined by your lifestyle, exercise, food choices and habits.
Cortisol regulates proteins, fat and glucose and keeps the metabolism of the body in check. Cortisol is critical for regulating the blood pressure. Moreover, it is important for controlling inflammation.
“Fight or flight” response is caused by catecholamines, like the adrenaline. Moreover, they mobilize the energy sources, and energy is needed for managing stressful situations.
The function of the adrenal glands can be compromised by a number of things, like blood sugar imbalances, food sensitivities, excessive exercise, infections and anything that stresses the body.
In order to take good care of the adrenals, you need to eliminate stress. You need to address an infection, remove food sensitivities, and resolve emotional or mental stress or anything that has an impact on your adrenals.
3. How Your Thyroid Affects Your Metabolism
Your thyroid is your “master metabolism gland ”as you may remember from school.
On almost every kind of cell in your body thyroid hormones act to increase cellular activity or metabolism. The metabolism of your entire body is impacted if there is too much or too little thyroid hormone.
Since the thyroid hormones T3 and T4 control cellular metabolism throughout the body, when there is not enough of them for any reason, this metabolic function slows and becomes impaired.
There is a strong correlation between thyroid disease and weight. In people with hypothyroidism weight gain is more severe due to an excess accumulation of salt and water; weight loss is common in people who have hyperthyroidism.
Though it seems that thyroid hormones could be an easy cure-all for weight control, the use of the hormone would also cause loss of muscle protein, which would be detrimental to a person’s overall health.
Here’s How to Address a Low Thyroid
Treat the Underlying Causes -Identify and treat the underlying causes of hypothyroidism, like nutritional deficiencies, food allergies, gluten, heavy metals, and stress.
Optimize Your Nutrition -Support your thyroid with optimal nutrition, including foods that contain iodine, zinc, omega-3 fats, selenium, saturated fat, and more.
Minimize Stress -By engaging in a comprehensive stress management program eliminate adrenal exhaustion and minimize stress .
Exercise -Engage in thyroid stimulating exercise, which boosts thyroid function.
The good news? You can reverse low thyroid and turn your thyroid into a metabolism boosting machine.
How Your Muscle Affects Your Metabolism
Lean muscle not only looks great, but they are vital for your overall well-being and your metabolic health.
With the help of your thyroid, muscle tissue dictates your metabolic rate. Muscle is the only metabolically active tissue you have to burn excess fat off of your body.
In other words, the more muscle you have the more calories your body burns and the fewer calories you need to maintain your weight.
Since most of our insulin receptors are present in our muscle tissue, the less muscle you have the more “insulin resistant” you become.
What happens when you have insulin resistance? One of 3 things happen when you eat sugar and have insulin resistance:
1. Ideal Scenario: Glucose is used as fuel, which helps build lean muscle and boosts your metabolism. In this scenario, glucose, your primary energy source is used to help you burn calories efficiently and eventually, burn fat.
2. OK Scenario: Glucose is stored as glycogen in the liver or muscles for later use as fuel. In this scenario, your happy liver holds on to your glucose for later use (i.e. exercise, or missing a meal, because of a last minute meeting)
3. Bad Scenario: If your glycogen stores are full, your meals are improperly balanced, your muscle mass is low, and your carbohydrate intake is high, glucose is stored as FAT. In this scenario, way too much glucose is floating around in the blood with nowhere to go.
The result of the bad scenario is MORE insulin, leaving your liver stressed out and your abdominal fat more stubborn than ever.
5. Your Body Has This Effect on the Metabolism
There are two body types, when it comes to fat loss and metabolism:
-A fat storing body
-A fat-burning body
7 Difference between These Two Body Types
As you can clearly see, all 7 differences can be traced back to the 5 metabolic factors discussed in this article.
Your metabolism is responsible for deciding which type of body you have and you are responsible to swaying your metabolism in either direction.
Now all that’s left is to identify the primary areas of metabolic stress…
-Consuming too many processed foods
-Consuming caffeine or similar energy drinks
-Not consuming enough carbs, fat or protein
-Long bouts of cardio exercise