If you want to lose weight, you have to focus on health first! Part 3
- How Your Muscle Affects Your Metabolic Health
Lean muscle not only looks great, but they are vital for your overall well-being and your blood sugar maintenance, thus your overall health.
With the help of your thyroid and exercise, muscle tissue dictates your metabolic rate. Muscle is the only metabolically active tissue you have to burn excess fat off of your body. The more you use your muscles the more energy you burn. The more you move, the more your body adapts to makes sure energy pathways are in top shape, the net effect? You will continue to burn calories even during periods of rest. Have you ever noticed that fit and healthy people have more energy to get things done? It’s because their energy producing systems are at “perk” performance.
Next, since most of our insulin receptors are present in our muscle tissue, the less muscle you have the more “insulin resistant” you may become.
Ideal Scenario: Glucose is used as fuel, which helps build lean muscle, repair body and boosts your metabolism. 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). In this scenario, glycogen is broke down into glucose, your primary energy and readily available when there is a need for energy. How do we know if you are in this state? Blood testing where we can see if you have low blood sugar levels and low insulin levels.
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, except one place. Fat storage!!
The result of the bad scenario is MORE insulin, leaving your liver stressed out and your abdominal fat more stubborn than ever.
What happens when you have insulin resistance?
- A waistline over 40 inches in men and 35 inches in women
- Blood pressure readings of 130/80 or higher
- A fasting glucose level over 100 mg/dL
- A fasting triglyceride level over 150 mg/dL
- A HDL cholesterol level over under 40 mg/dL in men and 50 mg/dL in women
- Skin tags
- Patches of dark, velvety skin called acanthosis nigricans
We will instruct you on the BEST way to eat and exercise for lean, healthy muscle. We also have our New Life health coach to assist you with and individualized program, based on your current level of physical health.
- How Your Body Affects Your Metabolism
When it comes to your metabolism (and fat loss) there are 2 kinds of bodies:
- A Fat-Burning Body
- A Fat-Storing Body
This sounds over-simplistic, but when you start to investigate how your body functions in relation to your ability to burn fat, this is what you’re left with.
Are your habits, exercise, food, and lifestyle supporting a metabolism that helps you burn fat or store fat?
Your lifestyle determines your health and YOU are responsible to for deciding what type of health you want. We are here to help you on your journey to take control of your life and provide you with professional, sound and evidence based guidance.
These are just a few questions I’ll leave you with to get started on identifying your primary areas of metabolism lowering habits.
Are you ready to take control of your health?
Are you eating too many processed foods for lunch, which is overloading your liver, which may be inhibiting your thyroid?
Are you relying on caffeine or energy drinks for mid-day energy boosts, which is tiring out your adrenal glands causing high levels of stress hormones (i.e. cortisol)
Do you need to increase the amount of protein in your diet? Or Fat? Or Carbs?
Do you need to cut out long bouts of cardio and add in shorter bursts of metabolic exercise?
We are here to help you find the answers to your health!