Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal BMI is 24.9.
Natural Weight Loss
What Does “Metabolism” Mean?
Most people throw the word metabolism around and think they know what it means.
We say things like “I have a slow metabolism,” or “He must have a fast metabolism,” about how easily people gain or lose weight.
This is an expression of what metabolism does, but it says nothing about what it actually is.
So what is it?
And can it be damaged or enhanced?
We tend to think of metabolism as a furnace, but it’s actually more like a chemistry lab.
Your metabolism is the combination of all the molecules, hormones, and messenger chemicals that regulate the rate at which you burn calories.
As you eat, the enzymes in your digestive tract break down the food: proteins turn into amino acids, fats into fatty acids, and carbohydrates into glucose.
The blood brings each component to the cells, and their arrival triggers chemical reactions that determine how each is used, or metabolized.
Whether this energy will be burned now, stored as fat, or used to build muscle is all in the hands of hormones.
Basically, all metabolic activities can go one of two ways.
Catabolic activities are about destruction – they break apart larger molecules (like the carbohydrates, fats, and protein in our food) to release the fuel that allows your body to function.
This process not only gives us the energy to walk around and smile and think, but also to build body tissues in anabolic activities.
Anabolic activities are about construction – cells take the glucose, fatty acids, and amino acids from catabolism and turn them into body tissues, like muscles, fat, and bone.
Many hormones that impact our weight are typically put into one of these 2 categories.
For example, cortisol is considered a catabolic hormone; growth hormone is considered an anabolic hormone.
Neither catabolic nor anabolic hormones are fully good or bad – you need both kinds of hormones for your metabolism to function normally.
The trick is to have the right balance of hormones so you burn fat and build muscle, and not the opposite – nobody wants to build fat and burn muscle.
The good news us because metabolism is your biochemistry, it’s dynamic, not static, and can be changed.
For the worse, true, but also for better.
Just a few small changes in your diet, habits, and lifestyle can have a major impact on your metabolism and your body’s natural ability to build fat and burn muscle – and you don’t need to be a biochemist to do it.
If you’re after immediate results, and you’d rather just take hormones in the form of a pill or a shot every day, you could go to a doctor, get a prescription, and be done with it.
But remember this approach makes your body dependent on external support and comes with serious risks.
Instead, this program gets at the deeper roots of the problem, optimizing your body’s innate hormone levels and resetting your metabolism naturally.
When you give your body the foods it was built to understand, you support your hormones to do what they’re meant to do and make your metabolism work for you, not against you.
I’m happy to reap the benefits of a strong metabolism now, but for a long time, my hormones were not on my side.
I had no idea where they were or what they did, let alone know how to make them work for me.
We’ll start there in the next post.
Come join me on my weight loss journey! I’d love to have you along!
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