The obesity epidemic continues to climb, week after week, year after year. If you’ve been searching the Internet for ways to increase your metabolism lately, you are not alone.
Most people I meet are not happy with their current weight. As a matter of fact, research tells us that over 50% of Americans are looking to lose weight. Unfortunately, about half of those people are not doing anything about it. How does that happen? It’s easy to lose hope if you feel like you’ve tried everything and nothing worked.
What is metabolism?
It’s the breakdown and transformation of food into energy.
In this blog, we’ll look at 3 metabolism myths to avoid, how to redirect your metabolism, and what your metabolism needs from you to help you lose weight.
3 Myths About Your Metabolism
One of the reasons so many people struggle is because they don’t understand why they carry excess body fat in the first place. We hear the word metabolism thrown around in everyday conversation, but there is very little understanding about its meaning.
The problem with this is the metabolism myths will lead you astray. When you have the right information, you can be successful in reaching your goal weight. Let’s take a look at 3 myths.
Myth #1: Slow Metabolism Results in Weight Gain
People believe they need a fast metabolism to be thin and if they have a slow metabolism, they’re doomed to be overweight.
Every living organism has its own metabolism, even bacteria. Your metabolic rate determines how much fuel you need to carry out basic activities like standing up, walking around, or going about your daily activities.
Your basal metabolic rate is responsible for using about 70% of the calories you burn every single day. This happens as you go about your normal daily activities.
The best thing you can do to improve your metabolic rate is to increase muscle mass. This is why weightlifting is one of the best exercises you can do to lose weight, and why pounding it out on the treadmill is not the best bang for your buck. Movement does not always equal weight loss.
Myth #2: Extreme Diets Will Course Correct Your Metabolism and Help You Lose Weight
If you are juice fasting, drinking cabbage soup, or doing anything extreme from a dietary standpoint to lose weight, you could be doing yourself more harm than good. These foods are not going to help you burn more calories. And these unhealthy habits may actually slow down your metabolic rate.
Including a variety of whole foods in a well-balanced diet is better for managing weight and metabolism.
Extreme diets are not sustainable for long periods of time and will sabotage your weight loss efforts.
Myth #3: Eat More Often
Some people swear they have to eat six meals per day to keep their metabolism going.
This is poor advice; some doctors even falsely recommend this practice to their diabetic patients. Truth is, this negatively impacts blood glucose, causing your body to rely on sugar for energy.
When you’re constantly putting food in our mouth, you never allow your body to rest. The body doesn’t have time to use its own reserves for fuel, meaning the extra fuel is stored as fat.
The body learns to depend on an external source of glucose for energy when it has a constant supply coming in. This naturally drives up the blood sugar in the body and negatively impacts every organ system.
What Your Metabolism Needs From You
My client Cheryl struggled with her weight for over 20 years. She tried every new fad diet, pill, and potion out there.
She had zero luck.
We did two major things that shifted her in the right direction.
Developed and implemented an appropriate detox for her specific body’s needs
Used functional lab tests to evaluate her gut and hormone health
Rather watch a 10 minute video with the same information…..
If you’re looking to repair your metabolism for weight loss, here’s what you need to know:
The goal is to use your own body to fuel your metabolism and not rely so heavily on constant intake of food to fuel your metabolism. When you learn to balance your plate appropriately, you’ll be able to go longer between meals.
This is why I teach my clients how to eat intuitively based on their metabolic type. If we eat intuitively, we never ask questions like, “is breakfast the healthiest meal of the day?” I could write an entire post on that, but the short answer is, it depends.
If you are grabbing onto the next fad diet, hoping that will be your answer, you’re likely sadly mistaken. Even with the latest keto craze, there are downfalls to attempting to use fad diets as a sustainable way to live.
As you’ve probably learned, especially if you’ve tried many diets, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. These Band-Aid solutions are not focused on revving up your metabolism so it fits your body’s specific needs.
(Want to start eating intuitively? In this free resource, I teach you how to balance your plate so you’re eating the right combinations of foods to give you fuel for your metabolism. Access it here!)
Increase Your Amino Acids
One of the best things you can do to help your metabolism is increase your amino acids in the body. This will help improve your own muscle mass, and muscle burns fat. Most people are safe eating one gram of protein for every pound of lean body mass they carry.
Protein is great for your metabolism, but it tends to be more difficult for the body to digest. To digest it, our core temperature and metabolism must rise, resulting in a high thermic effect in the body – which is a good thing for weight loss.
I work with my clients to help them find their metabolic type, which helps them understand exactly how much protein they need for their specific body type.
You’ll hear me say frequently… It’s all about balancing your plate.
With all my clients, I encourage balanced meals. That includes carbs, fats, and proteins with each meal to help sustain you for at least 3 hours.
After a meal, your goal should be to feel satisfied, have a stable mood, and have plenty of energy to carry you for several hours.
Focus on Your Hormone & Gut Health
Your hormones drive your health.
Thyroid Hormones. Your thyroid is your master when it comes to metabolism. When it slows down, not only will you feel sluggish, but you’ll also have a hard time losing weight.
Liver and gut health also play a major role in metabolism. They are involved in the conversion of the inactive thyroid hormone T4 to the active hormone in your body, T3.
Estrogen and Progesterone. When it comes to these sex hormones, if you have too much estrogen on board or if your estrogen to progesterone ratio is high, you’ll notice yourself holding on to that puffy-looking body fat.
The liver is also responsible for metabolizing estrogen, which prevents old estrogen from being recycled back into the system. When this system gets backed up, you’ll see weight gain as a side effect..
Adrenal Hormones. The little glands on top of your kidneys are responsible for cortisol production. This is your stress hormone. Stress-related fat tends to make up that spare tire you see around your waist.
The gut also plays a major role because it’s the first point of entry – where things from our external environment enter our internal environment.
If the gut becomes compromised, it can lead to other health issues (including a sluggish metabolism). This happens when things like medications, pathogens, toxins, pesticides, and herbicides enter our internal environment and begin to destroy the gut lining.
How do you know what your hormones and your gut look like?
Partnering with someone like me helps give you the information you need to lose weight instead of throwing every pill and potion you come across at it, hoping to put the fire out.
The Journey Towards Sustainable Weight Loss
If you’ve tried everything out there and you still feel stuck, you don’t need another meal plan. You need to start balancing your plate for you. I’ve created a free guide to help you get rid of your cravings, improve your overall mood, and improve your hormone balance by eating the right combination of foods for your body. Take authority over your health and your life – starting with this guide.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One of the most
powerful tools when it comes to breast cancer is PREVENTION. Two keys to
prevention are micronutrients, and open detoxification pathways. We can prevent
tumors by providing the body with appropriate micronutrients, and we can repair
cellular damage by daily detoxification.
You may have heard the term “estrogen dominance.”
It’s one of the common hormone imbalances people experience today. It’s a
common cause of PMS, fibroids, infertility, and symptoms of menopause that we
assume are a normal part of life. We also see problems with estrogen in men
that can lead to prostate cancer, weight gain, and low libido. Thousands are
struggling with this today and don’t even know it. There are many symptoms associated
with estrogen dominance, but breast cancer is one of those. It is often caused
by the body’s inability to detoxify estrogen appropriately.
Estrogen is essential in the body. It’s important for
reproductive health, skin, bones, and even contributes to us psychologically.
When it’s in the body in excess, it can be converted into dangerous metabolites
that cause DNA damage or drive specific cancers in the body.
Estrogen dominance is a problem today because we’re exposed
to xenoestrogens and many other chemical estrogens in our environment. These
cause disruptions in our endocrine system which lead to excess hormones in the
are we exposed to this toxic estrogen?
Cosmetics and personal care products
are a big source. Things like shampoo and conditioner, makeup, body lotions,
and perfumes have endocrine disruptors. This is not only true for estrogens,
but also progesterone. Many of those lip plumpers or wrinkle reducers have
hormone disruptors in them. I use an app called Think Dirty
and it allows me to scan my personal care products to get rid of the ones that
have known endocrine disruptors.
Household cleaning products, air
fresheners, candles, and other fragrances we use in our homes can also disrupt
our hormones. You can use the EWG app and begin to switch some of your toxic
cleaning products with non-toxic versions.
Plastics are another big source.
There was a big movement to remove plastics from our home that contain BPA. The
problem is that BPA is not the only plastic hardener out there that disrupts
our hormones. So be careful purchasing bpa-free products because that doesn’t
necessarily mean they’re safe. Many of these products have been replaced with
other plastic hardeners such as BPS, which is even more toxic than BPA. Work
toward removing plastics from your home and use glass drinking bottles and pyrex containers, especially when using them
to heat foods or beverages.
Xenoestrogens can also be found in
our food. The best way to avoid these endocrine disruptors is to eat organic
foods that are free from pesticides and herbicides. Also, purchase grass-fed or
pasture-raised meat that is not fed hormones or antibiotics. Consuming cleaner,
organic, and local foods increases your vitamins and nutrients, which is
another way to prevent cancer and other diseases.
Doing small things every day that help limit your exposure
to hormone disruptors can make a huge difference in the prevention of cancer
and disease. Another way you can keep estrogen metabolism working for you and
your body is to make sure that you have key micronutrients on board. Things
like magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin B3, vitamin A, and cysteine are key
nutrients for hormonal health. Lacking proper nutrition sets the stage for more
serious illness like cancer to invade the body.
One of the tests I love to run is a micronutrient panel,
which gives me guidance around whether or not I need to take steps to correct
imbalance. Another great test for determining excess estrogen or an imbalance
in hormones is the DUTCH test. This test can give insight into whether or not a
person is estrogen dominant, or if a person is preferring a detox pathway that
opens them up for DNA damage or a greater potential for cancer. These are great
tests that allow us to take a peek inside the body and make corrections before
a disease process begins.
the right building blocks is a key component.
Every person is unique, inside and out. And there are many
things that affect our own personal nutritional needs, including age,
lifestyle, metabolism, prescription drug use, illnesses, and whether or not a
person is even absorbing nutrients. Cleaning up the body and repairing cellular
damage is a great way to prevent hormonal imbalance that can lead to things
like breast cancer and other disease processes.
cancer health is so much more than a mammogram.
Speaking of mammograms, thermography is actually a safer,
painless, and more accurate alternative. Thermal imaging is a diagnostic
technique that allows for early detection. While detection is an important
part, the key is that we know how to reduce toxins from our environment that
are contributing to breast cancer and other diseases.
We talked about some of the ways you can reduce your
exposure to cancer. These are great tools to help you reduce the risk factors
so you can decrease your chances of ever getting cancer.
Cancer doesn’t happen overnight. We talked about some of the
risk factors like heavy or painful periods, fibroids, weight gain, and
infertility. Other things to consider are, ovarian cysts, adult acne, chronic
fatigue, or autoimmune conditions. If you’re suffering from any of these things
or have a history of breast cancer in your family, or a history of a diet high
in processed foods, something like the DUTCH hormone test could be beneficial
when it comes to prevention.
The awesome thing is, even if you have a genetic
predisposition, you don’t have to be another statistic. You have a choice to
take your health into your own hands.
If you prefer video version, catch this 7 minute video with
the same information.
When we find something that truly drives us, and we know why, then we can set our focus on getting there, and the rest just kind of happens. That’s exactly what happened with me. Today I want to start from the beginning and tell you a little bit about why I do what I do.
I grew up on a typical Standard American Diet, however, my family was blessed with fresh farm foods, straight out of my grandparents garden. Like many of you, I also snacked on a lot of those fast food items growing up, like candy bars and sodas. I loved a good Snickers bar.
My symptoms of sickness actually started when I was a child. I remember my mawmaw looking at me one day and saying, “child you get every sickness that comes down this family line.”
What was she talking about?
Blood sugar issues, inability to pay attention, gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, nausea after meals. These were just some of the things I was experiencing as a very young child.
To my doctors, these things were called IBS, hypoglycemia, and ADD. This was me in grade school. The older I got, the more diagnoses I received. In college, my doctors called it depression, anxiety, hypothyroidism, and then came the dreaded perimenopause at age 29. Now all of these were just diagnoses, not to speak of the symptoms that actually came with them.
Migraines that lasted sometimes a month with no relief, chronic fatigue that would land me on the couch for a daily nap, sugar addiction, hair loss, stuttered speech, foggy thinking, poor memory and concentration, chronic pain and inflammation, acne… the list goes on. This list kept growing and growing, year after year, with no end in site.
I decided that I would not live like this forever. I made a decision to get well, no matter the cost. I didn’t care how much time, money, effort, or pain it took. I was determined. One of the things I ask anyone who comes to me for advice on health today is, “rate yourself on a 1 out of 10 – how committed are you to living symptom-free, or as close to it as possible?” When you’ll do anything to change your current circumstances in your health (or any area for that matter), then you’re ready. It’s unfortunate, but I’ve had to turn people away who weren’t committed to making the changes needed to live in health.
What many people don’t tell you is that for some people, it’s hard work. When I started looking at what it would cost me to get well, I never worried about the finances- and we weren’t rich. It was everything I felt like I was giving up to get there. If the truth be known, that’s probably why I stayed sick for so long. I wasn’t ready to be well. I see people in that same place every single day, and it saddens me.
As a nation, we are getting sicker every year. How is that, when we’ve advanced so much in the field of medicine? I imagine it has a lot to do with the fact that we’re relying on big business to tell us what to put on the end of our forks, and what pills to take for our ailments.
We’ve forgotten the simple principles of healthy living, but another missing component is that there is so little education on the amount of toxins in our environment and in our food that we aren’t even aware of what we’re doing to our bodies to cause them harm. We’re also not educated on how to get rid of these toxins once our bodies become sick and diseased because of them.
What can we do about it?
On my journey to health, I learned that many of the chronic ailments we deal with on a daily basis can be taken care of by getting back to the basics of healthy living as our ancestors did, and implementing protocols that help us rid much of the toxicity we bring in on a daily basis, not only in our physical bodies, but in our minds as well.
It’s important that we begin to take an active role in our health instead of letting someone dictate how it should look for us. Our bodies are intelligent, but we were never intended to live on chemicals and call it food. Our convenience driven society has us in a place of sickness, and it’s my greatest desire for you to understand that you don’t have to stay there forever.
Hippocrates said it well, “if someone wishes for good health, one must first ask oneself if he is ready to do away with the reasons for his illness. Only then is it possible to help him.”
In the book I wrote, Healed His Way, you’ll find many of the same resources that I used to heal my body naturally, the way God intended. I use those same healing principles with the clients I work with today. They can work for you too.
It starts with you. You have a choice to bring health and healing into your own body. You make those decisions every single day, whether you realize it or not. When you’re ready to heal, your teacher will appear.
I’d like to share with you a recent testimony from a client so that you understand how simple this process can look. My client is very similar to me. She came to me at age 22. I fell in love with the idea of helping her, because it was about the age I was when I started feeling my symptoms kick into high gear. When she came to me, she was looking to relieve what she called, “period episodes” right before her menstrual period began. Short story… This was so severe for her that she got so physically ill that she would pass out and even ended up in the hospital the week before we started working together.
Listen to what she has to say:
” I was looking to relieve period episodes/cramps. I would say it’s a 180-degree turnaround. I went from living in fear of what would happen when my period starts, eating foods that made me feel sluggish, not being very active or energetic throughout the day to a new version of me. Now I feel great with little to no symptoms. I don’t even know when my period is about to start. I eat healthy and I love it. I go to the gym because I want to, and feel awake and energetic throughout the entire day! My greatest accomplishment is that I have learned to do what is right for my body; I understand what certain foods do to my body; and I now take action to make the right food choices every day! I enjoyed working with Chelsie because of her honesty, confidence, encouragement, wisdom, and willingness to help me understand and go through the process with me. She is very relational and caring! She created the perfect plan that fit exactly what I needed. Her goal was to help me get to the root of my issue, resolve it, and to help me overcome whatever I was facing.
Thank you Chelsie for teaching me and walking with me through my health journey. I know things that I never learned in school about health. I am now confident and feel free to do the things I love (like travel) without feeling anxious or fearful of what could happen because of my health. I am beyond grateful to God that our paths crossed and that you imparted such wisdom and knowledge. Thank you for your passion and excitement and for changing my life!”
Tanya Yaremkiv Engelwood, CO
What are you doing to live your best life?
I encourage you to take authority over your future self today, whatever that may look like. Only you can determine what optimal health will look like for you.
Make today amazing, because you are amazing, and you deserve an amazing day!