Weight loss can seem like a confusing puzzle to solve, but with the help of my hormone-friendly tips you’ll quickly and healthfully turn your fat-storing body into a fat-burning body.
Hormones are responsible for regulating our body weight, metabolism, ability to burn fat, sleep, stress, mood, and pretty much anything you do all day, everyday. The knowledge of what to do to activate your metabolism for weight loss is right here in this article.
Let’s look further at how people over 40 are quickly going from “fat-storing” to “fat-burning” using simple habits.
If you are trying to lose weight without learning what the most important parts of your metabolism and health in general, you’re going to have a really hard time releasing stubborn body fat.
The Five Major Metabolic Factors That Will Help You Lose Weight
Your Metabolism is 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 (for 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 metabolism factors. Your body is either functioning optimally or is in a state of dis-ease.
To put things simply, your body is either a:
1.) A Fat-Storer
2.) A Fat-Burner
Simply put, the choices we make either promote a fat-storing body or a fat-burning body.
Take a quick look at the image below, which one best describes YOU at this very moment. Take a look in the mirror or just close your eyes for a minute and think about how you feel about yourself.
If you identify with the woman on the left, there’s good news.
Yes, you should be HAPPY no matter where you are, what you look like, or what anyone else says. You are beautiful inside and out.
However, there is nothing wrong with wanting to feel, look, and become more like the woman on the right.
You don’t have to hate yourself, in fact because you LOVE yourself, you’ll want to eat better, move more, and transform your habits, right?
Which is why I compared thousands of women over the last 11 years and found seven differences between a fat-storing body with a fat-burning body.
Let’s take a look at the differences, then we’ll go a little more in depth into each difference:
When your digestive system is healthy, your thyroid is elevated, your liver is detoxified, your adrenal glands are calm, your muscles are fired up, and your cells are healthy the end result is a fat-burning metabolism.
If you neglect your digestive system with inflammatory foods, ignore the signs your liver is overloaded with toxins, fail to recognize your thyroid is slowing down, are unaware of your fatigued adrenal glands, aren’t building lean muscle, and not concerned with keeping your cells happy by eating anti-inflammtory foods your metabolism will suffer.
The 3-Week Metabolism Diet focuses on a simple metabolism-focused diet to eliminate toxic, inflammatory foods and add anti-inflammatory, metabolism boosting foods to create a fat-burning metabolism.
Crystal (pictured below) had a fat-storing body after years of yo-yo dieting, calorie-restrictive weight loss programs, and poor lifestyle habits.
After just 21-days she was able to lose 9 pounds and 8 inches, then go on to lose 19 pounds and 18 inches after going through the same 21-days two more times.
4 Steps To Turn Your Fat-Storing Body Into A Fat-Burning Body
Focus On Food Quality Not Quantity
I always say, instead of suppressing your appetite, SATISFY your appetite. Too many people trying to lose weight are focusing on points, calories, and the scale.
This obviously isn’t working, because if it was, I wouldn’t have to write this article.
100% of the clients who needed to lose over 50 pounds and who weighed 200 pounds or more had hormonal problems that prevented them from losing weight or burning fat.
High cortisol, excess estrogen, low growth hormone, low thyroid, low testosterone, insulin resistance, and many others are likely making weight loss impossible.
The solution? Focus on NOURISHING your body with high quality foods, macronutrients, and hormone-healing meals.
Heal Your Digestive System, Detox Your Liver, and Boost Your Thyroid
Optimal digestion and assimilation of food and nutrients is vital for healthy weight loss. The hormones of the digestive tract are responsible for appetite control, food digestion, nutrient absorption, and toxin removal.
Your digestive system is strongly related to your nervous system, which influence your endocrine system (hormones). If you treat your stomach like a garbage disposal for low-quality foods, your hormones will repay you with weight gain.
Overconsumption of inflammatory foods can lead to leaky guy syndrome, IBS, chronic diarrhea, ulcerative colitis, and more food intolerances. An inflamed “gut” makes it nearly impossible to have a flat stomach or engage the muscles consisting of your “core.”
Optimal health and weight loss are not possible without a healthy liver. The liver is the major detoxification organ and also filters most hormones. It is responsible for 75% of T3 conversion (thyroid hormone) and provides energy in the form of glycogen. It also filters excess estrogen.
When the liver is overburdened by excess stress hormones, alcohol, processed foods, artificial sweeteners, HFCS/sugar, and an overall poor quality diet, the 2 phases of detoxification are inhibited.
The thyroid gland produces three hormones: Thyroxine (T4), Triiodothyronine (T3) and Calcitonin. T4 and T3 are what most people think of as “thyroid hormones.” These hormones play a significant role in your metabolism and in energy regulation in the body. 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.
Cycle Your Carbs
Now that you know you need to eat more protein and balance your snacks it’s time to learn how to eat carbs and still lose weight.
In 2013, a British study confirmed what the fitness elite already knew instinctively, when it was found that this style of diet was superior to a standard, daily calorie-restricted diet for reducing weight and lowering blood levels of insulin (more on this later).
Carbs can actually stimulate fat loss and help you lose weight by skyrocketing your energy levels. Remember, glucose (ie. carbs) is your cell’s primary source of energy. That means carbs help produce energy, which helps boost your metabolism.
The problem with carbs, isn’t because they are carbs, it’s the type of carbs, how the carbs are combined (see 6.), and the frequency of them.
There are only 2 rules you need to remember:
- Rule 1: On the days that you do your most intense workouts (like lifting weights or bodyweight exercises), eat starchy carbs, gluten-free grains, and fruit along with protein, vegetables, and fats
- Rule 2: On the days that you’re either off from the gym or are doing some kind of cardio, don’t eat any starchy carbs, but continue to eat protein, vegetables, healthy fats and a limited amount of fruit.
Be careful when you try carb-cycling, many people get carried and think they can eat whatever carbs they want and end up eating inflammatory foods. Whether you’re eating high-carb or low-carb, if you want to become a fat-burning machine, you need to eat high-quality, non-inflammatory carbs.
Balance Your Hormones By Balancing Your Meals
Your hormones are affected by everything you do. What you eat, don’t eat, your exercise choices, your lack of exercise, food quality, and most importantly, your macronutrient ratios or balance.
How you balance your carbs, proteins, and fats affects insulin, growth hormone, leptin, and glycogen…4 of the most important fat loss hormones.
Insulin – Keep insulin stable by incorporating fats and proteins into each meal and snack
Growth Hormone – Boost growth hormone by eating high-quality fats and proteins with your carbs to keep cortisol low
Leptin – Keep proper hunger signals in check by eating plenty of each macronutrient, giving you body the right minerals and nutrients
Glycogen – By keeping insulin low, you optimize glycogen release to choose stored fat as fuel.
The first things I teach my clients inside The 3-Week Metabolism Diet is how to “macro-balance” for maximum fat loss. And the best part is, I teach a simple 33/33/33 formula for eating.
33% of your calories will come from proteins, fats, and carbs. It doesn’t always have to be perfect, which is the beauty of this way of eating. It’s flexible, sustainable, and enjoyable.
Start Your Weight Loss Journey The Right Way
If this article hit home for you, my 3-Week Metabolic Fat Loss Challenge really is the best place to start your weight loss journey.
My clients lose an average of 10-21 pounds in 21 days and absolutely love the program! But even better than the weight loss is the feedback we get from our clients about how the program has taught them how to change their eating habits and find a diet that truly works for them in the long-term.
I have almost 2,000 clients in our private support group going through the Metabolism Diet Challenge together, and every day they are sharing experiences, results, motivation, and lots of recipes!
If you are 200+ pounds and ready to make a HUGE and PERMANENT change in your life, this is the ONLY place you should start. The program was designed in a way that it can be completed in multiple rounds if you have more weight to lose.
The strategies that I teach will help you make the necessary changes in your diet, fitness, and lifestyle and more importantly, help you maintain an enjoyable, sustainable, and flexible way of eating.
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How To Become A 40-Year Old Fat-Burning Machine
Weight loss doesn’t always equal fat loss.
When you lose weight, muscle mass tends to be reduced as well.
However, what you really want to lose is body fat, both subcutaneous fat (under the skin) and visceral fat (around organs).
Losing muscle is a side effect of weight loss that most people don’t want.
Another side effect of losing weight is that the metabolic rate tends to decrease.
You NEVER want to sacrifice your metabolism for losing weight. The goal should ALWAYS be fat loss, which is why it’s important to focus on getting a healthy metabolism
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 3-Week Metabolism Diet and here’s what happened:
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