The 4 major metabolic factors that will help you lose weight.

If you are trying to lose weight without learning what are the most important parts of your metabolism and health in general, you’re going to have a really hard time releasing stubborn body fat.

As a wholistic nutritionist, I cringe every time I read a diet book or article suggesting you should lower your calories, exercise more, eat fat-free, or take a latest metabolism-boosting supplement.

Your body is a temple and temples are built with a solid foundation. If you neglect your foundation and try to lose weight, your body/temple will come crumbling down (in nutritional terms, you’ll gain more weight).

Learning about the 5 major metabolic 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 from the ground up.


Your Metabolism is Controlled by 4 Equally Important Parts

  1. Your Liver – The main detoxification organ. The liver is responsible for ¾ of your thyroid hormone production.

  2. Your Adrenals – Your stress glands. The adrenal glands regulate steroid hormones (for fat loss) and stress hormones helping balance your metabolism.

  3. Your Thyroid – Your master metabolism gland controls your body temperature, metabolism functions, and ability to burn fat.

  4. Your Muscle – The only metabolically active tissue in the body, helps burn fat, regulate blood glucose, and support an elevated metabolism.


1. How Your Liver Affects Your Metabolism

Your liver is responsible for over 600 metabolic functions. 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, aids 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.

When your liver goes from thriving mode to survival mode, metabolic problems soon follow:

  • 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 elevated fat-burning potential 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.

The sky is the limits for your health, fat loss, and metabolism results


2. How Your Adrenal Glands Affect Your Metabolism

Your adrenal glands play a major part in maintaining a healthy metabolism. The hormones your adrenal glands secrete and regulate can either help you balance your hormones in favour 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), 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 do 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. You can easily be tested (even at home) for adrenal fatigue either through a saliva test or a urine test.

Learn more about how your exercise can negatively impact your adrenal glands.