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Revving My Metabolism or Metabolism Shift?

Do I need to rev-up my metabolism?  Is my weight gain and inability to lose weight a result of a slow metabolism?  Or could it simply be that your metabolism has shifted?

Marketers would like you to believe your weight loss problems are a result of a slow metabolism, and that they have the answers for you, by taking this supplement.

That sounds good on paper and sounds believable.  But it just doesn’t work that way.  Your metabolism or more accurately stated, your body burns calories from the breakdown of carbohydrates, proteins and fats…to produce energy!  Those are the only three options or fuel sources your body has in producing energy.  People who struggle with weight gain, fatigue, cravings, mood swings, hormonal and chemical imbalances are typically burning more carbs and proteins for energy – NOT FATS!  So, you can burn thousands of calories a day, but if your revved-up metabolism is still burning mostly carbohydrates and proteins – instead of fats.  You’re not helping yourself!

Your metabolism doesn’t really care what fuel source it uses for energy.  It prefers fats simply for the fact you produce more than two-and-a-half times more energy when you burn fats for fuel rather than carbohydrates and proteins.  This should also explain why fatigue and weight gain go hand-in-hand.  So, if you’re not burning fats, which happens all too often, you are going to have a hard time getting rid of the fat and flab, even if your cutting calories and exercising.

The key is in making sure your metabolism is burning fats 23/7.  I don’t really care what fuel source you use for the one hour you might workout during the day.  A good hard workout will typically be fueled by carbohydrates.  Just remember, if you’re on a low carb diet or skipped a meal and your blood sugar is low.  You could be burning proteins (lean muscle) for energy, not fats.  And the Absolute Worst thing you can do, and it’s done all-the-time….is burn lean muscle when you train.  This is what Training Smart is all about.
The Wrong Diet, The Wrong Workout and Stress

What controls whether or not your metabolism burns fats, carbs or proteins are hormones.  Some hormones trigger your body to burn fats, some hormones trigger your body to store fats and some hormones trigger your body to burn carbs and proteins.

The wrong diet could have you producing more insulin than you want and trigger your metabolism to store fats, instead of burn fats.  The same is true with exercise.  The wrong workout For You, could have you burning carbs and proteins (lean muscle) for energy, instead of fats.

Lastly there is stress, which spikes your cortisol and other stress hormones.  This spike (exercise is a stress) signals your body it needs quick energy.  Where do you get quick energy from?  Carbs and proteins (lean muscle)….Not Fats!

Just because you are burning calories, doesn’t mean you are burning calories from fats.  So, don’t get caught up in thinking you need to revv-up your metabolism to lose weight or have more energy.  You simply need to get your metabolism functioning the way it was designed too.  That starts with the right diet and workout routine for you.  It also includes looking at your stress levels and making sure you’re not producing more cortisol than you should.  Remember Stress Depletes your body!

books written by Dr. Len Lopez

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