Has Your Metabolism Shifted? Do you Stay in your Fat-burning zone 24/7?
As you probably know, your metabolism burns calories from the break down of carbohydrates, proteins or fats! As we age, lifestyle changes, yo-yo diets, hormones, etc can all make our metabolism decrease! We don’t want this to happen!
Those who are successful at losing weight and keeping it off are burning fats throughout the day.
Those who struggle with weight gain, fatigue, cravings, mood swings, and depression are typically burning carbs and proteins, Not stored body fat.
FACT…one of the fastest ways to get out of your ‘fat-burning’ zone is to skip a meal or eat the wrong foods (too many refined, processed carbohydrates). The body is designed to burn fats throughout the day – this is the ‘fat-burning’ zone you want to be in.
Here’s a little quiz for you to see….Is your Metabolism working for you? or Against you?
check all that apply…
___Crave sweets/coffee in mid-morning/afternoon
___Hungry between meals
___Mid-morning and/or afternoon slumps
___Irritable before meals or if meals are delayed
___Get shaky or light-headed if meals delayed
___Fatigue that eating relieves
___Awaken a few hours after sleep, hard to get back to sleep
___Problems with low blood sugar or hypoglycemia
___Do you skip meals
___Problems with memory, concentration and focus
___Eat sweets, refined foods and fast foods
___Family history of diabetes
___Excessive urination, excessive thirst
___Fasting serum or plasma glucose greater than 140 mg/dl
___Overweight by 40 or more pounds
Total your score:______ (number of check marks you have)
FYI…As blood sugar drops you begin to burn calories from carbohydrates and lean muscle – NOT stored body fat.
1 – 2 Blood sugar issues are NOT a major factor and you are doing a good job of keeping your blood sugar stable.
3 – 8 Occasional blood sugar issues may be affecting your energy, ability to lose weight, cravings, etc. You are probably NOT burning fats for energy and instead are burning carbohydrates and proteins…blood sugar and dietary choices need to be addressed.
9 plus Blood sugar problems are a definite problem and need to be addressed. You are probably NOT burning calories from stored body fat. Blood sugar imbalances will further fatigue and exhaust your adrenal glands, as well as, contribute to your inability to lose weight, cravings, high blood pressure, mood swings, etc.