Do you believe you have a sluggish metabolism? Does it seem more challenging for you to maintain a healthy weight than for others? Have you given up hope that you can meet your goals because your metabolism is slow? We can help! You can make changes that will affect your body’s health from your cells to your organs to your whole body. You can make lifestyle changes and eat a fast metabolism diet.
Believe it or not, there are things you can do to change you metabolism. It’s not your genetic fate to be overweight. There is hope.
In fact, your diet can alter your metabolism in one of three ways. It can:
- Alter your hormone balance to improve metabolism
- Improve the health of your cells so they are more insulin sensitive, for example, thereby improving fat loss
- Directly increase your body’s calorie output
It’s simpler than you might think. Here’s how food affects metabolism, and how you can eat a fast metabolism diet.
Is Metabolism Set in Stone?
If you’ve been told metabolism is simply how much you burn based on your sex, age, weight, etc., you’ve been misled. This is not your metabolism. This is is your Basil Metabolic Rate (BMR) or Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR).
BMR is, in fact, only affected by your age (BMR decreases as age increases), weight (BMR decreases as you lose weight), body fat (BMR decreases with more body fat), and gender (males naturally burn more than females).
But your metabolism? That’s a different story.
Metabolism Vs. BMR
The whole of “your metabolism” is a huge system. It encompasses the consumption, breakdown, storage, and/or use of food as energy. There are many factors that contribute to one’s metabolism.
In fact, your metabolism relies on the health of your hormones and enzymes. These compounds influence the storage and breakdown of the nutrients, the cycle of hunger and feeling full, and the efficiency of metabolic processes.
If you’ve struggled to obtain a healthy weight in the past, these hormones and enzymes may or may not be working well in your body.
What’s more, their work is influenced by the health of your whole body, systems, tissues, and cells. Your cells’ health is directly influenced by nutrients, foods, and lifestyle habits.
Cellular Health and Metabolism
While it may sound silly, your metabolism begins with the health of your cells. At a cellular level, you may not be healthy enough to effectively lose fat because an unhealthy or impaired metabolism is dragging you down.
You’ve likely been told to simply eat less and exercise more.
But, even if you eat the same amount of calories and exercise the same as a person who is at their goal weight, your body may respond very differently. Instead of burning the foods you eat, your body may choose to store more fat. This is a health issue, and it starts with your cells. If your cells are resistant to insulin, which is common if overweight, your cells may resist fat loss.
Unfortunately, although this situation is quite common, it is often not discussed. In fact, a recent study found that over 70% of overweight and/or obese women had altered insulin sensitivity (1).
Hormones and Your Metabolism
Other hormones also affect your metabolism. Increased levels of stress increase cortisol. Cortisol increases resistance to insulin. Lack of sleep and unnatural sleeping pattern can affect blood sugars, cortisol, and insulin. In addition:
- Eating at the wrong times of day, like in the middle of the night for shiftwork, affects insulin and fat storage.
- Being sedentary for long stretches of time can cause the enzymes responsible for breaking down and storing fat to be activated.
- The hormones that affect hunger and satiety (ghrelin and leptin) can be affected by cellular health and diet. They can alter metabolism.
- Specific food ingredients can work like addictive substances to cause us to consume more and more without ever feeling a “full” feeling (ie. sugar).
There’s good news! Foods, nutrients, and lifestyle habits can affect your cells’ sensitivity to insulin. You can change this! You can join us in a fast metabolism diet.
What Foods Encompass a Fast Metabolism Diet?
There are 3 parts to a fast metabolism diet.
First, you must fast from foods and nutrients that drag metabolism down.
Second, you can eat foods that are known to help your body work better and improve cellullar health.
And lastly, you can use intermittent fasting to help control hunger and intake without negatively affecting metabolism.
Foods That Drag Your Metabolism Down
The number one enemy of your metabolism is refined carbohydrates in processed foods. Without a doubt.
Sugars are dragging you down. This includes straight sugar, sugars from other sweeteners, fruit juices, and white starch from grains.
When you eat any of these, they become sugar in the body. The more sugar that enters the bloodstream, the more it needs to be stored in the cells as fat. This does 3 things. It:
- Increases fat storage
- Requires more insulin to be pumped out into the body
- Damages cellular health by making cells less sensitive to insulin
As time goes on, the body stores more and more fat, cells become unhealthy, and it becomes harder to lose fat. A sluggish metabolism starts with sugar and processed foods. You must detox from these.
Foods That Improve Metabolism
Since we’re talking about improving cellular health in order to improve metabolism, we need to think about how nutrients affect cells.
A great way to nourish cells is to eat foods high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients. Build your diet off of natural, real, whole foods like vibrant vegetables, fermented green powders, spices like turmeric, ginger, garlic, cinnamon, black pepper, and a small amount of beans and fruits.
Next, eat healthy fats like extra virgin olive oil, fish and fish oils, avocados, coconut oil, and more. Stop overeating proteins and sugars and replace them with these fats. This alone can support insulin sensitivity and metabolism (2, 3) health. In fact, omega-3s have been shown to increase fat loss compared to other nutrients.
Next, drink plenty of clean water each day. Your body needs water to support cellular health and digestion. You can also use green tea and black tea for an extra metabolism boost.
Lastly, pay close attention to gut health. Use fibers like insulin and psyllium husk daily. Add probiotics from fermented foods and/or supplements. Fibers and probiotics have a direct effect on calorie output, hormone balance, and cellular health (4).
Intermittent Fasting and Your Metabolism
Intermittent fasting is an effective tool for achieving a healthy weight. How? It simply supports your whole-body health and metabolism, from hormones to cardiovascular health to your immune system.
An intermittent fasting diet combines a calorie deficit, improved cellular health, and a cycle of fasting and feeding that promotes fat loss without the body adapting and conserving itself. This lack of adaptation helps the body continue to work towards a healthy weight in the long-term (5) because it supports metabolism rather than slowing it down.
Join Us for a Fast Metabolism Diet
Are you ready to put this altogether and truly change your metabolism?
Join us in Dr. Colbert’s 21 Day Detox and Fast! During the next 21 days, you will learn to omit the foods that are bringing your health and metabolism down, detox from toxins and chemicals that build up in our systems, flood your body with health-supporting nutrients, and use intermittent fasting to your advantage.
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You’re not stuck with your current metabolism! You can obtain a healthy weight and feel great. You can detox from the foods dragging you down, nourish yourself with foods that support cellular health, and use intermittent fasting to your advantage. Join us for Dr. Colbert’s 21 Day Detox and Fast and get your fast metabolism firing today!