One of the reasons why people have a difficult time blasting body fat is the fact that most of them are trying to do it without learning the most important parts of the metabolism first. The body is a temple based on solid foundation, so neglecting the foundation often provides opposite effect.
The 5 Major Metabolic Factors That Will Help You Lose Weight
Your Metabolism is Controlled by 5 Equally Important Parts
Your Liver: The liver, the major detoxification organ, is accountable for ¾ of the thyroid hormone production.
Your Adrenals: The adrenal glands balance metabolism by regulating steroid and stress hormones.
Your Thyroid: It controls the ability to burn fat, body temperature, and metabolism functions.
Your Muscle: It helps burn fat, regulate blood sugar, and support an increased metabolism.
Your Body: It`s the product of the four metabolism factors above.
1. How Your Liver Affects Your Metabolism
The liver is responsible for more than 600 metabolic functions. It goes into survival mode when overburdened with processed foods, alcohol, sugar, stress hormones, and toxic matter.
The liver should be in thriving mode, where it filters out toxic matter, improves digestion and blood sugar, helps assimilate nutrients and mineral, and controls more than 70 percent of the thyroid function.
When the liver switches from thriving to survival mode, many problems occur, including the following:
- Skin issues, moodiness, depression
- Abdominal bloating
- Weight gain on the hips and thighs
- Inability to lose weight or maintain an elevated metabolic rate
- Low energy, unstable blood sugar, sleep disturbances
To ensure a healthy metabolism, try to avoid the top inflammatory foods, processed foods, and stimulants, as much as possible.
2. How Your Adrenal Glands Affect Your Metabolism
The adrenal glands have a critical role in keeping the metabolism running smoothly. The hormones that adrenal gland secrete can either balance the hormones or have the opposite effect in favor of low metabolism.
Cortisol is a hormone that regulates glucose, fat, and proteins, helping control body`s metabolism. It is also important in controlling inflammation and regulating blood pressure levels.
Things like stress, blood sugar imbalances, infections, excessive exercise, and food sensitivities are known to be the major causes of dysfunctional adrenal glands. Therefore, removing or addressing the source of stress is the first step that should be taken when it comes to keeping the adrenal glands healthy.
3. How Your Thyroid Affects Your Metabolism
Thyroid hormones have an impact on each cell in the body, working to increase cellular activity or metabolism. Hence, lack or excess thyroid hormone affects the entire metabolism.
Given that the thyroid gland regulates metabolism, there is a strong link between thyroid disease and weight. Weigh loss is common in those with hyperthyroidism while weight gain is common in those with hypothyroidism.
Here’s How to Address a Low Thyroid
Treat the Underlying Causes: Determine the underlying cause of hypothyroidism, such as stress, nutritional deficiency, heavy metals, gluten, and food allergies.
Optimize Your Nutrition: Support the thyroid with the best nutrition possible, including saturated fat, iodine, selenium, zinc, etc.
Minimize Stress: Start a comprehensive stress management program in order to minimize stress.
Exercise: Any type of physical activity is beneficial for the thyroid function.
The good news is that there is a way to reverse low thyroid as long as you adhere to the instructions above.
4. How Your Muscle Affects Your Metabolism
Muscle is the only tissue that the body has to burn excess fat off. It also dictates the metabolic rate, using the help of the thyroid gland.
The more muscle one has, the more calories their body burns and the fewer calories they need to keep weight in check. Given that most of the insulin receptors are contained in the muscle tissue, the less muscle one has, the more “ insulin resistant” they become. Read on to see what happens when one has insulin resistance.
Bad Scenario: In case of full glycogen stores, low muscle mass, and high carbohydrate intake, glucose is stored as fat and floats around with nowhere to go.
Ok Scenario: Glucose is stored in the liver or the muscles for later use. In this scenario, the liver holds on to glucose for later use, such as missing a meal or exercise.
Ideal Scenario: Glucose is instantly used as fuel, helping boost metabolism and build lean muscle.
5. How Your Body Affects Your Metabolism
Regarding metabolism and fat loss, there are two types of bodies:
- A Fat-Burning Body
- A Fat-Storing Body
The first one is characterized with good posture, increased thyroid function, healthy digestive system, healthy liver, rested adrenal glands, lean metabolic muscle, and fast metabolism. On the other hand, a fat-storing body is characterized with poor posture, decreased thyroid function, inflamed digestive system, toxic liver, stressed out adrenal glands, visceral and subcutaneous fat, and slow metabolism.
As you can see, there are 7 differences between the 2 types, all of which can be traced back to the metabolic factors discussed above. It`s the metabolism that decides which type of body one has. More importantly, it is important to understand that everyone is responsible for their metabolism, in terms of pushing it in either direction.