Flexibility is everything…
But not in the way that you probably think I am speaking of. What I’m referring to is metabolic flexibility. The ability of your body to switch between different forms of energy seamlessly as it sees fit. The truth is, most Americans are as far from being metabolically flexible as they can be.
Where did we go wrong?
Well, the truth is what we were taught growing up was completely wrong. We were shown to eat a “healthy food pyramid” that should actually be called the “anti-health pyramid.” You could actually take this pyramid and turn it upside down and you’d be in a better place than you are right now.
Most Americans are eating between 300 - 600 grams of carbohydrates a day. This won’t be a problem if you are ridiculously active and doing around 1-2 hours of exercise a day. However, if you aren’t (and most aren’t), you’re going to end up getting used to burning only carbohydrates. This will become problematic as your body will not be adapted to pulling from fat stores to burn for your day to day activities.
If you have the urge to eat every 2-3 hours, get grumpy when missing a meal, get tired after a meal, feel chronically fatigued, then what I am about to propose is definitely for you. If you don’t have any of those issues, then this is still for you because improving your metabolic flexibility is still going to benefit you immensely.
What is metabolic flexibility
Just like with business, fitness, or martial arts, you want to be able to roll with the punches or deal with different seasons of business. These are examples of flexibility. When it comes to metabolic flexibility, it just means that you have the ability to THRIVE with multiple different fuel sources. Whether you need to have a baked potato to fuel your next workout, or pull energy from your body’s fat stores to power you through a two hour hike. In short, being adaptive like this IS metabolic flexibility.
What I propose
To start the New Year, I recommend a metabolic reset. How do you do this? I recommend trying a keto kickstart which will help your body to be able to easily access stored fat. My best recommendation is to try keto for 8 weeks and then resume a healthy eating diet after. However, everyone will benefit greatly if they do it at least through the month of January.
If you want some more information on how to do this, I’d love to set up a phone call or a time in which I can give you some more information. You can reach out to our team at email@example.com and I can help you find workouts, nutrition information, and easy recipes to help fuel your New Year the way you need to.
This will help everyone to become more insulin sensitive and be able to THRIVE on all sources of fuel more efficiently. In the coming weeks I’ll talk more about insulin sensitivity and why it is so important to our overall health.
If this is a venture that you’d like to try on your own, here is a link to a website that I really like that has a lot of information that could really help you out on your journey to becoming more flexible.