It happens in every cell of your body. It (base metabolism) keeps you alive.
The pace and function of your metabolism is up to the mitochondria. Mitochondira are these incredible little power-packs, the motherboard of each and everyone of your cells! Their function varies hugely by hormonal status, age, genetics and more.
Metabolism can slow down as you age and your mitochondrial health declines but there are many things you can do to offset this.
A slower metabolism does not necessarily mean you cannot have control of your weight. Your nutrition, exercise regime and an effective recovery protocol can help you achieve the shape and health you want.
What is metabolic syndrome?
Metabolic syndrome is on the rise due to modern lifestyles. Symptoms include horrendous things like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, weight gain, diabetes, heart attacks etc. It feels like a lack of energy, not being able to sleep well or get the most tout of your day when you are awake. It can be avoided.
You can slow your metabolism and harm your mitochondrial health by:
- Smoking and drinking
- Going on drastic weight loss programs. Your body will ultimately go into survival mode by slowing your metabolism right down in an effort not to starve, a process called ‘metabolism adaptation.’
- Lack of movement and exercise.
- Having poor gut health
You can increase it by:
- strategic cold exposure
- Choosing whole, unprocessed foods.
- increasing muscle mass
- getting your heart rate up regularly with HIIT training or similar if that is safe and appropriate for you.
No. Chilli, coffee etc do not have any significant effect on raising your metabolism.
- Key Take Aways
- Take opportunities to move and enjoy a good balance between cardio and resistance training if weight loss is your goal.
- Choose unprocessed whole foods (not from a packet)
- Crash diets are not effective for long term health. Choose sustainable, enjoyable and effective.
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