You want to become a fat burning machine?
Learn about Metabolism if you want to become a fat burning machine. Metabolism is a word we speak of often as we age, because it slows down as we age. Do you know why? Two of the leading causes:
– Loss of lean muscle
– Hormone imbalance
From the age of 20 years old and on we begin to lose muscle. I know! Already in our 20’s? Many of us would give anything to be in our 20’s again having a little loss of muscle be our main problem! So as we age, our hormones get out of balance and we are losing muscle mass. As our hormones start to do the Tango, it causes our ‘Fat Storing’ hormones to get switched on and our ‘Fat Burning’ hormones to get switched off. And that’s why its so difficult to lose weight in your 40’s, 50’s and beyond. That’s why we tend to gain weight. I call it the ‘creepy weight gain’… one day you look down at your belly and you say, “Oh my gosh! How’d that get there?!” This goes for both MEN and women.
So let’s focus on 3 simple ways to increase our metabolism as we age and how to become a ‘Fat Burning Machine’:
1) Increase lean muscle mass
Hard Truth: Going for walks or hikes does not accomplish this. You have to lift weights or do some sort of resistance training. You don’t have to join a gym if you are not comfortable there. There are many home workout resources. But joining a gym is a good idea because you can get focused instruction from a personal trainer. You can gain strength and build lean muscle at any age. And I’m not talking about being a body builder. I’m talking about getting stronger, because as we age we get weaker and as you move on in years it will most certainly become more and more difficult to do every day tasks. You don’t want to be struggling in your 60’s and 70’s to get on and off the floor or on and off the toilette. Believe me, there are far too many who have this issue and it can most definitely be avoided by increasing lean muscle.
Metabolic rate is the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy. During this complex biochemical process, calories in food and beverages are combined with oxygen to release the energy your body needs to function. Even when you’re at rest, your body needs energy for all its “hidden” functions like breathing, circulating blood, and growing and repairing cells. In fact, your basal metabolic rate, the rate at which you burn energy at rest, accounts for about 60 to 75 percent of the calories you burn every day. So if you increase your lean muscle mass, your basal metabolic rate increases- meaning you will burn more calories every day.
– 1 pound of muscle = extra 1500 calories burned per month
– 5 pounds of muscle = extra 7500 calories burned per month, just being at rest!
Here’s a cool bonus: Increasing your muscle mass helps to naturally support the balancing of your hormones! So you get a 2 for 1 deal there! But balancing hormones is more complicated and deserves its own post, which will come later. Here’s some more info on how hormones play a role in belly fat and weight gain.
2) Detox your body
Another way to support the balance of your hormones and increase metabolism is to detox your body with a high quality, pharmaceutical grade detox program. This allows nutrients to get to your cels so that your body’s function improves.
3) Get a blood test to find out which hormones are out of balance
Preferably get your blood labs interpreted by a Holistic or Functional Medicine Practitioner. It is critical to determine which hormones are out of balance so your are not shooting in the dark at the problem. Then, a holistic treatment program can be designed for you to improve the body’s function and bring back balance. Otherwise, taking a synthetic hormone like ‘Synthroid’ will only mask the problem and never correct the underlying imbalance.
The body has innate wisdom and knows how to repair itself, but sometimes it needs support- natural, functional support. Medication is usually not the answer. Meds treats symptoms of your body’s imbalances, meds do not correct underlying health issues, root causes. Medication cannot increase your metabolism in a lasting, healthful way. Its important to know the difference between treating symptoms and correcting root causes and imbalances. I am a huge fan of the Functional Medicine movement, as you may know my husband is a Functional Medicine Practitioner and I’ve witnessed time after time people bodies turning into fat burning machines because these practitioners focus on correcting underlying health issues and improving the body’s function. More on that here
You can start to increase your metabolism now by doing the above 3 steps. And ramping up your metabolism will bring you these rewarding benefits:
– Increase in energy
– Decrease in weight
– Better sleep quality
– Increased sex drive
– Mental Clarity
Happy Fat Burning!
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Judy Pearson Kobsar, CHHC, CWP