Welcome back to the TRU Muscle lifestyle health and fitness journal. Once again, Big Court is now in session.
This entry is going to be about a very important concept, which has a whole lot to do with your body and well-being: Metabolism. This is your body’s sets of life-giving chemical alterations, which occur within your cells. There are three main jobs that metabolism is supposed to do for the body.
The first job is to change the food and drink you consume into energy that promotes the process in which your cells grow and operate. The second job is to help your body build proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, and “good” carbohydrates. The third job of your body’s metabolic process is to control and get rid of nitrogenous wastes.
There are only two ways to increase your body’s metabolism. The first way is to build muscle through dedicated weight training. The second way is to receive invasive or non-invasive weight loss surgery. Also, many things can be done to decrease your metabolism, and that’s not good.
Here are five that you must avoid doing if you want better metabolism. Pay close attention.
Identifying, controlling, and decreasing stress in your life is absolutely crucial to your survival and well-being. “Stress causes your level of the hormone cortisol to rise,” said Dr. Christine Gerbstadt, author of Doctor’s Detox Diet: The Ultimate Weight Loss Prescription. There isn’t a whole lot good that an increased level of cortisol can do for you, accept cause you to overeat. You already know what overeating will do to you.
2. Going without sleep.
In order to keep your body’s metabolism doing those three important jobs, you must get enough rest. I’m not talking about a cat nap here and there. I’m talking about restorative and restful sleep. Beth W. Orenstein, an author and health expert, wrote a peer-reviewed medical article, which was examined by Dr. Lindsey Marcellin. Orenstein’s article partially reads as follows:
“When your body lacks sleep, it can have a difficult time metabolizing carbohydrates, which triggers a chain reaction. When you don’t metabolize carbohydrates, your blood-sugar levels rise. High blood sugar levels spike insulin levels, and the increase in insulin tells your body to store unused energy as fat.” (EverydayHealth.com)
3. Prescription drugs.
Certain prescribed medications have the ability to cause users to gain weight. Weight gain is a definite symptom of a person’s metabolic rate going downhill. Depression medications, diabetes drugs, and steroids can and will trigger poor metabolism. You can avoid having to use these drugs by talking extensively with your doctor when you’re being treated for a mental or physical health condition. Always ask about side effects. You can also inquire about healthier alternatives to treating your ailment, which doesn’t involve the usage of harmful medications.
4. Underactive thyroid.
Hypothyroidism is the health condition where the body’s thyroid gland isn’t making a decent amount of hormones. This condition definitely has an adverse effect on a person’s metabolism. “Your thyroid is the ‘thermostat’ of metabolism,” says Dr. Gerbstadt. People always use an underactive thyroid as an excuse for poor metabolism, but it all comes from consuming too much fat, sugar, and calories without exercising. Hypothyroidism is not something you’re born with. You can avoid it and reverse it by using discipline toward making serious lifestyle changes.
Here’s something a lot of people don’t realize. Undereating is just as bad for your body’s metabolic rate as overeating. There are quite a few reasons why. Orenstein touches on this as well in her peer-reviewed medical article. “If you eat too little is that your body will break down valuable muscle tissue for energy,” she wrote. “If you want to change your metabolism and still lose weight, eat enough so that you’re not hungry,” Orenstein also wrote.
I hope you learned something new in this entry of the TRU Muscle lifestyle journal. Metabolism was one of the most important things I learned about while I was on my path toward a better body and healthier well-being. Circumstances like age, family history, etc. can play a role in your chances of inheriting poor metabolism in your life at some time. However, reversing (not just managing) those risk factors is dependent on YOU, not any other factors. Even if it’s just small steps, in the beginning, start today by taking those steps toward a better you. Be TRU to yourself