Optimizing your metabolic flexibility….one day at a time.
Metabolic Flexibility has been making the rounds over the past several years in the wellness world. For those of you new to this concept it is essentially how well your body uses energy. The concept of calories in and calories out as a measurement of how to lose, gain, or maintain weight is antiquated.
For several reasons:
- Our bodies are more nuanced than calories in and calories out
- Hormones, sleep, physical activity, and stress all affect our metabolic flexibility
- The types and combinations of food can improve or reduce our body’s ability to be metabolically flexible
Let’s discus metabolic flexibility in more specific terms.
On a cellular level, our body derives energy from food and delivers it to our cells. Glucose is the primary fuel for our bodies. It needs to be tightly regulated for our metabolism to work efficiently. When we continuously flood our bodies with blood sugar, we get a constant influx of insulin. Insulin is necessary to allow blood sugar into the cells which provides energy for our cells. But when we chronically overload our system with glucose (constant eating or not eating the right combinations of food) we secret high amounts of insulin in response to glucose. Unfortunately, our bodies become numb to insulin. It sets us up for metabolic insufficiency – in other words our bodies don’t use fuel as efficiently. While insulin is a requirement to sustain life, in excess it is a fat storage hormone and sets you up with inability to lose weight.
Metabolic Dysfunction looks like:
- Low energy/fatigue
- Inability to lose weight or fat
- Brain fog
- Hair loss
- Low libido
- Hormonal imbalances
- Inability to gain muscle
Unstable blood sugars are mostly to blame
Now let’s talk about what you feel when you optimize metabolic flexibility
Metabolic Flexibility provides:
- Stable energy
- Reduced cravings
- Hormones have the necessary building blocks #happyhormones
- Less stress hormones
- Stable mood (reduced anxiety)
- Increased energy
- Increased athletic performance
- Nourishes the adrenal glands
- Increase muscle mass
Using our Basic 4 Method helps create a meal or snack that will keep your blood sugars stable and thereby improving your metabolic flexibility.
½ plate is non-starchy veggies + ¼ protein + ½ fibrous carbs +(1-2 tbsp.) healthy fats = Basic 4 Method
The Basic 4 Method is an invaluable technique we teach our clients. It helps you plan a meal or snack (we’ll dive more into this later).
Healthy Fats + Protein + Fibrous Carbs = Stable Blood Sugar/Hormonal Balance
“Learning how to nourish your body is one of biggest steps you can take towards hormonal balance”
Your metabolic health requires consistency and daily practice. You can change your metabolic future with your next meal.