It’s true, there are at least 3 things you could be doing (along with 98% of the rest of the population) … DAILY, that are killing your metabolism and tripling the rate your body is being forced to store fat.
On top of that, these “Metabolic Killers” actually damage you on a cellular level to the point that your body is unable to release stored body fat for energy.
Prepare to be SHOCKED!… and stick with me and read this full article because you’ll learn the foods to avoid, and more importantly, how you can easily (and automatically) fix your broken metabolism.
Here are three “Metabolic Killers” that may be sabotaging your metabolism and your body! This first one is a deadly cocktail…
Metabolism-killer #1. Caffeine combined with sugar.
Soda .. sweetened caffeinated tea …and flavored sweetened coffee – all of these drinks have the deadly combination of caffeine and sugar.
Here’s the problem… (and why you should care)
Caffeine can cause a short-term insulin-insensitivity right when you need insulin to work the most – when there’s extra sugar in your system. If your cells are insensitive to insulin, your body will need to pump out more and more, which equates to greater fat storage.
Even worse, studies show that most people compensate by eating more after they’ve consumed these kinds of “liquid carbs” when compared to solid carbs (real, whole food). When you eat real food, your body gets full faster because your system recognizes all the beneficial nutrients. But when you drink these “liquid carbs,” your body signals to continue because it’s starved of nutrients (despite all the “empty calories” you just consumed).
The FAT STACKING Double Whammy!
Talk about a double-whammy! Not only are you consuming an excess of calories, you’re also causing insulin-insensitivity, leading to even greater fat storage.
Metabolism-killer #2. Artificial sweeteners. So, if caffeine and sugar are a deadly combo, then using an artificial sweetener is the solution, right? Not so fast!
Artificial sweeteners (Sweet n’ Low, Equal, Splenda, etc.), are tough on your thyroid, the organ that regulates your metabolism. More and more research is leading us to conclude that this is why so many people are being diagnosed with hypothyroidism (“low metabolism”).
But the problem doesn’t stop there. Artificial sweeteners are actually neurotoxic and your body will often respond with an inflammatory response, leading to cortisol release. Cortisol is a hormone that signals the body to retain fat, even in a low-calorie state. So, in addition to sabotaging your thyroid, you’re releasing cortisol – making it even more difficult to lose fat.
The Dieters Sweet-Tooth Vicious Cycle
What’s more, studies show that the more you consume something sweet, the more you crave it. So although you may be feeding your sweet tooth now, it’s only going to make the desire stronger. And the cycle continues…
Try sweetening your drinks with a small amount of Stevia (it’s natural, not artificial). Also, instead of sweeteners, carbonated water or iced tea with lemon, lime, mint, or even cucumber is really good too!
Metabolism-killer #3. Long periods of inactivity.
This may seem obvious but it’s not what you think.
Throughout the day, your hormones are carrying out their daily roles of either increasing or decreasing energy production, stimulating or decreasing appetite, and promoting either fat breakdown or fat storage – depending how active you are.
If you’re like most, you sit at a desk for 3, 4, even 5 hours at a time. This is very problematic if you’re wanting to lose fat.
Are You Listening To Your Hormones?
By ignoring your hormones’ cry for physical activity throughout the day, you’re basically telling your body one thing: store fat. Our bodies are designed to consistently move, not sit. Here’s something that is both exciting and scary, but if you learn to listen to your hormones you will know whether your body is storing fat or using it for energy. You will also know if you’re metabolism is broken … more about that in a moment…
Is My Metabolism Broken?
So how can you keep your hormones functioning AND get your work done? It’s simple: take regular, quick breaks every 45 – 60 minutes and move! You may need to take breaks more often; your body will let you know. Here are some of the ways your body lets you know it’s time for a break…
- You feel compelled to stretch or move
- You’re yawning or sighing
- You’re slumping at your desk
- You’re unable to concentrate
- You feel tense or anxious
- You make simple errors
- You can’t focus or pay attention
Whether you are experiencing any or all of the above it’s possible that your metabolism is broken. Don’t worry though there’s an easy fix and I’ll get to that, but first, here are a few things that will help reduce the damage.
When you notice the signs above – or at least every 45 to 60 minutes — get up and move for just 2 to 3 minutes. Here are some quick, simple activities you can do to stimulate your hormones role in fat-burning:
- Walk or jog up and down stairs
- Do jumping jacks
- Alternate a few sets of push-ups and crunches
- Do yoga
- Walk or jog the parking lot
When you stay active throughout the day like this, your body will continually metabolize fat – just as it’s designed to! However, there’s a good chance that will not completely reverse the damage done to your metabolism.
Stay tuned for more!