As a holistic nutritionist I cringe when I read a diet book suggesting you should lower your calories, exercise more, eat fat-free, or take the latest metabolism-booster, fat-burner, or even ketone supplement.
Your body is a temple and temple’s are started with a SOLID foundation.
What’s your foundation in this case?
Foundation #1: Cells
Foundation #2: Hormones
Foundation #3: Metabolism
Healthy Cells = Balanced Hormones = Fat-Burning Metabolism/Ketosis
If you neglect your foundation and try to lose weight, your temple/body will come crumbling down (i.e. you’ll gain more weight).
Learning how the 5 ketogenic factors responsible for your ability to burn fat off your body will help you not only assess your current foundation, but will help you build it up from the ground up.
Most of the keto “gurus” tell you to “eat more fat” and “eat less carbs” but no one is talking about WHY or WHAT is going on.
It’s important to understand how ketosis affects your cells, organs, hormones, and metabolism.
And you’re in luck! I’m going to explain it to you in a few minutes. If you’d rather watch a video of this article, watch below:
The Five Ketogenic Tweaks That Will Help You Lose Weight
As complex as your metabolism is, it’s controlled by 5 equally important parts:
- Your Liver – The main detoxification organ. The liver is responsible for ¾ of your thyroid hormone production.
- Your Adrenals – Your stress glands. The adrenal glands regulate steroid hormones (i.e. fat loss) and stress hormones helping balance your metabolism.
- Your Thyroid – Your master metabolism gland controls your body temperature, metabolism functions, and ability to burn fat.
- Your Muscle – The only metabolically active tissue in the body, helps burn fat, regulate blood glucose, and support an elevated metabolism.
- Your Body – The product of the 4 previous ketogenic factors. Your body is either functioning optimally or is in a state of dis-ease.
The Ketogenic 30 Will Switch Your Body From A Fat-Storer To A Ketogenic Fat-Burner In 30 Days Or Less
How Your Liver Affects Ketosis And Your Ability To Burn Fat
Your liver is responsible for over 600 metabolic functions. To say it’s important, would be an understatement.
When your liver becomes overburdened with toxins, processed foods, medicines, alcohol, sugar, stress hormones, etc…it goes into survival mode.
You want your liver in thriving mode where it filters out environmental toxins, excessive stress hormones, helps assimilate nutrients and minerals, aides in digestion and blood sugar control, and helps process your macronutrients (fats, carbs, and proteins) efficiently, and controls over 70% of your thyroid function, helping you keep an elevated body temperature and metabolism.
Simply, put, a healthy liver means a healthy thyroid.
When your liver goes from thriving mode to survival mode, metabolic problems soon follow. Like:
- Weight gain on the hips and thighs
- Abdominal bloating
- Skin issues, moodiness, depression
- Low energy, unstable blood sugar, sleep disturbances
- Inability to lose weight or maintain an elevated metabolic rate
If you want to ensure a healthy metabolism and a fat-burning body you will need to commit to supporting your liver for the rest of your life. Commit to eliminating the top inflammatory foods, processed foods, stimulants, and more.
Your liver will determine whether you get into “ketosis” and decide whether you’re a “fat-storer” or a “fat-burner.”
When you eat a ketogenic diet, the sky is the limits for your health, fat loss, and ketosis results.
How Your Adrenal Glands Affect Ketosis And Your Ability To Burn Fat
Your adrenal glands play a major part in maintaining a healthy, fat-burning metabolism.
The hormones your adrenal glands secrete and regulate can either help you balance your hormones in favor of a high metabolism or they can have the opposite effect.
Your habits, food choices, exercise, and lifestyle determine how your adrenal glands behave.
Cortisol regulates glucose, fat, and proteins and helps keep the body’s metabolism in check. Cortisol is important in regulating blood pressure. It also plays a role in controlling inflammation.
Catecholamines, such as adrenaline, cause the “fight or flight” response. They also help mobilize sources of energy, since energy is needed in coping with stressful situations.
What can cause dysfunctional adrenal glands? Unfortunately, a lot of things: mental/emotional stress, food sensitivities, blood sugar imbalances, infections (i.e. parasitic, bacterial, fungal), excessive exercise… basically anything that is a perceived stress on the body.
If you’re concerned about your adrenal glands, the first thing you must to is remove or address the source of stress. This may mean removing food sensitivities, addressing an infection, resolving mental/emotional stress, or whatever it may be that is negatively impacting adrenal gland physiology.
Achieving ketosis and burning fat with high cortisol and/or adrenal fatigue is virtually impossible.
The good news is when you start eating a ketogenic diet, you will naturally lower insulin, which will help lower cortisol, improving the health of your adrenal glands.
How Your Thyroid Affects Ketosis And Your Ability To Burn Fat
As you may remember from school, your thyroid is your “master metabolism gland.”
Thyroid hormones act on almost every kind of cell in your body to increase cellular activity or metabolism. If there is too much or too little thyroid hormone, the metabolism of your entire body is impacted.
Because the thyroid hormones T3 and T4 control cellular metabolism throughout the body, when there is not enough of them for any reason, this metabolic function slows and becomes impaired.
Since the thyroid gland regulates metabolism, there is a strong correlation between thyroid disease and weight. Weight gain is more severe in people with hypothyroidism due to an excess accumulation of salt and water; weight loss is common in people who have hyperthyroidism.
Though it seems that thyroid hormones could be an easy cure-all for weight control, the use of the hormone would also cause loss of muscle protein, which would be detrimental to a person’s overall health.
Here’s a simple way to address low thyroid:
Treat the Underlying Causes — Identify and treat the underlying causes of hypothyroidism, like food allergies, gluten, heavy metals, nutritional deficiencies, and stress.
Optimize Your Nutrition — Support your thyroid with optimal nutrition, including foods that contain iodine, saturated fat, protein, zinc, omega-3 fats, selenium, and more.
Minimize and Reduce Stress — Eliminate adrenal exhaustion and minimize stress by engaging in a comprehensive stress management program.
Exercise — Engage in thyroid stimulating exercise, which boosts thyroid function. Be careful, since some exercise can actually slow down your thyroid even more.
The good news? You can reverse low thyroid and turn your thyroid into a metabolism boosting machine.
Using a ketogenic diet, you can boost your liver function, which naturally boosts your T3 (active thyroid hormone).
How Your Muscle Affects Ketosis And Your Ability To Burn Fat
Lean muscle not only looks great, but they are vital for your overall well-being and your metabolic health.
With the help of your thyroid, muscle tissue dictates your metabolic rate. Muscle is the only metabolically active tissue you have to burn excess fat off of your body.
In other words, the more muscle you have the more calories your body burns and the fewer calories you need to maintain your weight.
Since most of our insulin receptors are present in our muscle tissue, the less muscle you have the more “insulin resistant” you become.
What happens when you have insulin resistance? One of 3 things happen when you eat sugar and have insulin resistance:
Ideal Scenario: Glucose is used as fuel, which helps build lean muscle and boosts your metabolism. In this scenario, glucose, your primary energy source is used to help you burn calories efficiently and eventually, burn fat.
Ok Scenario: Glucose is stored as glycogen in the liver or muscles for later use as fuel. In this scenario, your happy liver holds on to your glucose for later use (i.e. exercise, or missing a meal, because of a last minute meeting)
Bad Scenario: If your glycogen stores are full, your meals are improperly balanced, your muscle mass is low, and your carbohydrate intake is high, glucose is stored as FAT. In this scenario, way too much glucose is floating around in the blood with no where to go.
The result of the bad scenario is MORE insulin, leaving your liver stressed out and your abdominal fat more stubborn than ever.
When you make the switch from a fat-storer to a fat-burner, you eliminate excess glucose and glycogen, eliminating insulin resistance and moving to burning fat stores.
The ketogenic process helps us preserve fat-burning muscle tissue through the use of naturally producing ketones.
How Your Body Affects Ketosis And Your Ability To Burn Fat
When it comes to your metabolism (and fat loss) there are 2 kinds of bodies:
1.) A Fat-Burning Body
2.) A Fat-Storing Body
This sounds over-simplistic, but when you start to investigate how your metabolism functions in relation to your ability to burn fat, this is what you’re left with.
Are your habits, exercise, food, and lifestyle supporting a metabolism that helps you burn fat or store fat?
In the next article and video of the Ketogenic Masterclass, we’ll explore the 7 Hormonal Differences Between A Fat-Storer and A Ketogenic Fat-Burner
All 7 hormonal differences can be traced back to the 5 metabolic factors discussed in this article
Your metabolism is responsible for deciding which type of body you have and you are responsible to swaying your metabolism in either direction.
Now all that’s left is to identify the primary areas of metabolic stress…
- Are you eating too many processed foods for lunch, which is overloading your liver, which is inhibiting your thyroid?
- Are you relying on caffeine or energy drinks for mid-day energy boosts, which is tiring out your adrenal glands causing high levels of stress hormones (i.e. cortisol)
- Do you need to increase the amount of protein in your diet? Or Fat? Or Carbs?
- Do you need to cut out long bouts of cardio and add in shorter bursts of metabolic exercise?
These are just a few questions I’ll leave you with to get started on identifying your primary areas of metabolism lowering habits.
What Do Other People Know About Getting Into Fat-Burning Ketosis That You Don’t?
If it seems like you’re always the one struggling to lose weight, it’s because other people are doing something you aren’t. They know something you don’t know.
Stay ahead of the pack by taking action on a hormone-balancing, metabolism-focused approach to eating and weight loss. If you’re tired of making the same mistakes over again and have the weight you do lose, just come back they why not try something new and start your HEALTHY fat loss journey today.
These women took on The Ketogenic 30 and here’s what happened: