Why do some skinny people never gain weight despite their large intake of calories? Meanwhile, others still fail to lose weight despite eating very little? The answer may lie in how metabolic flexibility works and how it impacts your body.
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What Is Metabolic Flexibility?
Metabolic flexibility indicates how well the body’s metabolism is able to adapt and use whatever is available for food. It is the process when your body metabolizes and converts food into chemical energy. In case you have not eaten for a while, burning fuel mode will be turned on. This means your metabolism uses stored fuel to produce energy.
If you are metabolically flexible, your body benefits from:
- Better weight maintenance
- Good sleep
- Strong immune system
- Consistent blood glucose levels
- Energetic mood instead of fatigue
Why Is Metabolic Flexibility Important?
Bring better Weight Maintenance
Firstly, we should mention the energy-burning process. The low efficiency of this process leads to energy accumulation. Your body is unable to burn calories in time; as a result, you gain weight. In contrast, over-flexible metabolism is a hindrance to gaining weight. With vigorous enzyme activity, the metabolism has enough conditions to take place in hyperactive mode. So, those people stay skinny until they make up more energy.
A low-carb diet reduces insulin spikes and depletes the body’s carb stores, improving the energy-burning process. A high-carb diet helps convert carbs into energy and balances your hormones. Thus, an appropriate diet will improve metabolic flexibility and insulin sensitivity.
Improve Physical and Mental Health
Fatigue, brittle nails, dry skin, or hair loss are warnings of a weak metabolism. Cells don’t work as they should, so they don’t get the proper blood supply. Hence, it makes the skin lose its luster and affects the hair and nails’ ability to grow and regenerate.
Reduce Food Cravings
Insulin resistance is linked to the constant cravings for sugar and carbohydrates. Since your body doesn’t use insulin properly, the cells can’t absorb glucose, leading to frequent cravings. When you don’t absorb enough carbs or sugar, your body reacts. This makes you fatigued, distracted, and hungry until you replenish your energy. The thing is, the more sugars and carbs you eat, the less your body can process them. So, your body is likely to store fat, lose energy, and feel tired.
The most common cause of a slow metabolism is a thyroid disorder (hypothyroidism). The function of the thyroid gland is to produce hormones. Hormones are chemicals released and transported in the blood to get to the organs. If reproductive hormones are not produced properly, menstrual problems will arise. If you experience irregular periods or more cramps than usual, it’s time to take care of your metabolic flexibility.
A slow metabolism does not promote healthy bowel activation. Thus, the intestinal activity time is shortened, and the digestion system is also slowed down, causing constipation. Long-term constipation affects the colon’s function, which provokes more severe consequences.
Metabolic flexibility is the key factor to strengthen mitochondrial function and increase insulin sensitivity. Understanding the benefits of a flexible metabolism helps build up a healthier lifestyle, balance your hormone levels, prevent diseases, and prolong longevity.
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