If you are overweight and if you are trying to lose weight, it is crucial to learn the most important parts of human metabolism and health in general.

When it comes to shredding the extra pounds, people usually start following certain diet regimen, lower the intake of calories, fat-free foods, exercise regularly or even take metabolism-boosting supplement. According to holistic nutritionists, even if the person follows these tips, he/she will have a really hard time to shred the body fat.

Holistic nutritionists believe that the human body is a temple and each temple is started with a solid foundation. So, if you neglect the foundation and you are trying to lose weight, your body (the temple) will start crumbling down and you will start gaining even more weight.

By learning and understanding the 5 major metabolic factors which are responsible for your body’s ability to burn fat off, you actually can build your body from the ground up.

The 5 Major Metabolic Factors That Will Help You Lose Weight

Human metabolism is controlled by 5 parts which are equally important:

Liver – the main detoxification organ that removes the toxins accumulated in the body. This vital organ is responsible for ¾ of production of the thyroid hormone.

Adrenal glands – also are called stress glands. These endocrine glands are responsible for regulation of steroid hormones (for fat loss) as well as stress hormones and on that way actually balance the metabolism.

Thyroid gland – This gland is a master metabolism gland that controls the functions of the metabolism, the body temperature and the body’s ability to burn fat.

Muscles – The muscles are the only metabolically active tissue in the body, and they help the fat-burning process, regulate blood glucose, and in same time support an elevated metabolism.

Body – Medical experts explain that the body is the product of the metabolism factors listed above. Human body either is functioning optimally or it is in a state of disease.

  1. How Your Liver Affects Your Metabolism

The liver is responsible for more than 600 metabolic functions. Toxins as well as processed foods, medicines, alcohol, sugar, stress hormones, etc. overburden the liver and it goes into a survival mode.

When the liver is in the thriving mode, if removes the toxins, excessive stress hormones, assimilates nutrients and minerals, aides the process of digestion and controls the blood sugar and also helps process the macronutrients (fats, carbs and proteins) and in addition to that, it successfully controls over 70% of the thyroid function and on that way helps your body to keep an elevated body temperature and metabolism.

Once the liver goes from thriving mode to survival mode, metabolic problems start occurring, and the most common are:

  • Weight gain on the hips and thighs
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Inability to lose weight or maintain an elevated metabolic rate
  • Low energy, unstable blood sugar, sleep disturbances
  • Skin issues, moodiness, depression

In order to ensure the health of your metabolism and to elevate the fat-burning potential of your organism, you need to support your liver. It is extremely important to eliminate any inflammatory foods, processed foods, stimulants, etc.

  1. How Your Adrenal Glands Affect Your Metabolism

Medical experts explain that the adrenal glands play a major part in maintaining a healthy metabolism. Namely, the hormones secreted and regulated by these glands can help you to balance your hormones in favor of a high metabolism but they also might have the opposite effect.

Your lifestyle habits, food choices and exercising determine the behavior of your adrenal glands.

Cortisol is a hormone secreted by adrenals and it is in charge for regulation of glucose, fat, and proteins and also keeps the metabolism in check. Cortisol also is important for the regulation of the blood pressure and it controls the inflammation.

Adrenaline causes “fight or flight” response in the organism, but in same time mobilize source of energy and help you to cope with stressful situations, and energy is what you need in such case.

Dysfunctional adrenal glands can cause numerous health issues, including: blood sugar imbalances, mental/ emotional stress, food sensitivities, infections (i.e. parasitic, bacterial), excessive exercise or in other words, anything that is a perceived stress on the body.

If your adrenals are not functioning properly or if you are worried about these glands, first and most important thing you should do is to remove or address the source of stress. Make sure to solve the problem with food sensitivities, but also try to address an infection, reduce the mental and/ or emotional stress or any other thing that might have a negative impact on the adrenal gland physiology.

  1. How Your Thyroid Affects Your Metabolism

Probably many of you are familiar with the fact that the thyroid gland is the “master metabolism gland” due to the fact the thyroid hormones act on almost every type of cell in human organism and increase the cellular activity or metabolism.

Medical experts explain that whether there is too much or too little thyroid hormone, the metabolism of the entire organism is impacted.

The thyroid hormones: triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) control the cellular metabolism throughout the organism and if there is lack of these hormones, the metabolic function slows and becomes impaired.

Due to the fact that the thyroid is responsible for regulation of the metabolism, there is a strong correlation between thyroid disease and weight. At this point it is important to explain that weight gain is more severe in patients who suffer from hypothyroidism due to an excess accumulation of salt and water; on the other hand, patients who have hyperthyroidism often experience weight loss.

Despite the fact it seems that the thyroid hormones could be an easy cure-all for weight control, the use of the hormone also might cause loss of muscle protein and that would be detrimental for the overall health.

Here’s How to Address a Low Thyroid

* Treat the Underlying Causes: it is of extreme importance to identify the underlying causes of hypothyroidism and start with a proper treatment. The most common are food allergies, gluten, heavy metals, nutritional deficiencies and stress.

* Optimize Your Nutrition: with optimal nutrition you will support your thyroid gland. In your diet you should include foods high in iodine, saturated fat, zinc, omega-3 fats, selenium and more.

* Minimize Stress: comprehensive stress management program can be extremely helpful in elimination of the adrenal exhaustion and also can help you to minimize the stress.

* Exercise: start performing thyroid stimulating exercise and on that way you will boosts thyroid function.

  1. How Your Muscle Affects Your Metabolism

Perfectly shaped body and lean muscles look really attractive, but they also are vital for the metabolic health and the overall well-being.

With the help of the thyroid gland, muscle tissue dictates the metabolic rate of your organism. As it is already mention, muscles are the only metabolically active tissue you have to burn excess fat off of your body. So, the more muscle your body has, the more calories it will burn and you will need fewer calories to maintain your weight.

Most of the insulin receptors are located in the muscle tissue, or in other words, the less muscle you have the more “insulin resistant” you become. But, what is insulin resistance? Insulin resistance means that the cells fail to respond normally to the hormone insulin.

One of 3 things happen when you eat sugar and have insulin resistance:

Ideal Scenario: human body uses glucose as a fuel and it helps build lean muscle and boosts the metabolism. In the ideal scenario, the primary energy source (glucose) is used to help you burn calories efficiently and eventually, burn fat.

Ok Scenario: liver or muscles store the glucose is stored as glycogen and later use it as fuel. In the OK scenario, the liver holds on to the glucose for later use (for an exercise, or missing a meal, etc.).

Bad Scenario: if the glycogen stores are full, the meals are improperly balanced, the muscle mass is low, the intake of carbohydrate is high and the glucose from the food is stored as fat. In the bad scenario, there is too much glucose that is gloating in the blood and it has nowhere to go. The result of this scenario is more insulin that puts too much pressure on the liver.

  1. How Your Body Affects Your Metabolism

According to scientists, when it comes to metabolism and fat loss, there are two types of body:

  • Fat-Burning Body
  • Fat-Storing Body

This separation is over-simplistic, but if you pay closer attention and you investigate about the way your metabolism functions and you investigate your ability to burn fat, there are only two options, which are listed above.

What helps your body to burn or store fat? Your habits, exercise, food or lifestyle?

These are the main differences tetween these 2 body types:

There are 7 differences that can be explained with the 5 metabolic factors explained in this article.

The metabolism is responsible for the type of body you have and in order to stay healthy and lose weight, you need to sway your metabolism in either direction.

In order to identify the primary areas of metabolic stress you should answer the following questions:

– Are you eating too many processed foods? As it is mentioned above, this type of food is overloading your liver and that actually inhibits the thyroid gland.

– Are you relying on caffeine or energy drinks for mid-day energy boosts? These types of beverages are tiring out the adrenal glands and that furthermore increases the levels of stress hormones (i.e. cortisol)

– Do you consume enough protein, fat and carbs? Do you need to increase the amounts of these nutrients in your diet?

– Do you need to include shorter bursts of metabolic exercise in your exercising regimen? Do you need to cut out the cardio exercises?

These are just few simple questions that will help you to identify the primary areas of metabolism lowering habits.