5 Tiny Tweaks That Will Shift Your Body From ‘Fat-Storing’ to ‘Fat-Burning’ Mode
The process of losing weight is not as simple as everyone thinks. It depends on numerous factors which you need to learn if you want to burn that stubborn fat. Your body is a temple with a solid foundation, so if you neglect this foundation, the body will start falling apart. Continue reading below to learn about the 5 important metabolic factors that are responsible for your body’s ability to burn fat.
Our metabolism is controlled by the liver, muscles, thyroid and adrenals, which essential make up the body.
How the liver affects metabolism
The liver is important for more than 600 important processes, but when its function is impaired, it enters survival mode and allows toxins to build up in the body. Your liver should be always kept healthy in order to keep your body free of toxins. It is also important for proper digestion and helps the body process macronutrients, while also controlling 70% of your thyroid function.
When the liver’s function is impaired, it can cause bloating, low energy levels, unstable blood sugar levels, skin problems, weight gain and an inability to lose weight. In order to keep everything in your body functioning properly, you should avoid consuming inflammatory foods and stimulants that can damage your liver.
- How the adrenal gland affects metabolism
The adrenal gland is very important for your metabolism. The hormones it secretes can regulate your hormonal balance and keep your metabolism running high. The adrenals secrete cortisol, an important hormone that regulates the fat, glucose and protein levels, while also keeping your metabolism under control. The same hormone is vital for your blood pressure as well, and can control inflammation in the body. The other hormone secreted by the adrenals is adrenaline, the “fight or flight” response of the body.
If the adrenal gland is negatively affected, it can result in mental and emotional stress, food insensitivities, blood sugar imbalance and infections. If you’re concerned about the state of your adrenals, you first need to identify the cause. Once you do that, you can resolve the problem and recover their function.
- How the thyroid affects metabolism
The thyroid hormones affect almost everything in the body – they tell the cells to increase cellular activity and metabolism, and also control other important functions. If the thyroid is over or underactive, it will result in more or less hormones in the bloodstream, which will affect your whole body. The thyroid hormones (T3 and T4) are very important for your metabolism. There’s a strong link between thyroid disease and excess weight. According to studies, people with severe weight gain suffer from hypothyroidism due to excess salt and water levels, while weight loss is common in people suffering from hyperthyroidism.
Although it may see to you that these hormones are a cure for weight problems, the process is more complicated.
To address the low thyroid levels, you first need to recognize the cause, which range from food intolerance, heavy metal poisoning, nutritional deficiencies and stress. To resolve the problem, you also need to support your thyroid with iodine, zinc, saturated fat and omega-3-rich foods, while also reducing the amount of stress. Besides this, you should also exercise to boost your thyroid function.
- How the muscles affect metabolism
Besides looking great, lean muscle is also important for your metabolism. Along with your thyroid, the muscle tissue regulates your metabolic rate. Muscle is the only tissue that plays a role in burning fat – the more you have, the less fat there will be on your body.
As most of our insulin receptors are in the muscles, the less muscle you have, the more insulin resistance you’ll be. If you happen to develop insulin resistance, these 3 things will occur:
The ideal scenario
The body uses glucose as fuel, which boosts your metabolism and helps you build muscle. In the ideal scenario, the body uses glucose as energy and everything is well.
The OK scenario
In this scenario, the body stores glycogen in the liver and muscles to be used as fuel later.
The bad scenario
The worst scenario is when the body is full of glycogen, but your muscle mass is low while you consume a lot of carbs, leaving glucose floating around and having nowhere to go. In this case, the body produces more insulin, resulting in insulin resistance and diabetes.
- How the body affects metabolism
There are 2 kinds of bodies – fat-storing bodies and fat-burning bodies. It’s as simple as that. Look at the picture below to see the differences between these 2 types of bodies:
The main culprit for the type of body you have is your metabolism. Knowing this, it’s time to ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you eating too much processed foods?
- Do you need to add protein, carbs or fat in your diet?
- Do you need to exercise more?
- Are you relying on caffeine for energy?
Answering and addressing these questions if the first step towards losing weight. If you know the answers, get to work and you will start dropping pounds sooner than you think.