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Metabolic Myth Buster #4: Metabolic Health Is Being ‘Skinny’

At Veri, skinny is not in our vocabulary.

If you’re slender, great. If you could eat pizza every night and not gain an ounce of fat, good for you.

But metabolic health is so much more than the commercialized concept of ‘skinny’ that’s used to shame us into buying whatever diet regimen or workout plan.

Which is why we’re busting this puny little myth.

Metabolic health is balance

Yes, being severely overweight or obese is a sign of metabolic imbalance. But metabolic health is not merely the absence of fat. If it were, then no thin person would ever be diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes.

(There are plenty, bee tee dubs. [1])

Here’s a better picture of metabolic health:

  • having sustained energy
  • a positive mood
  • solid sleep
  • vitality enough to do your favorite sports and activities
  • the reasonable enjoyment of delicious foods and drinks

And far from being ‘skinny’, metabolic health is having enough muscle to increase your metabolic rate and absorb glucose after a meal – something not spoken of in ‘skinny’ conversations.

Metabolic health, we reiterate, is balance. And you don’t achieve balance by shooting for a superficial goal like skinny

A person could be metabolically healthy with a great quality of life while carrying an extra thirty pounds. Another person could be insulin resistant with high blood pressure while receiving compliments about how ‘skinny’ they are.

You don’t know until you’ve seen the inner workings of that person – which continuous blood glucose monitors are about the best means of doing, btw. #shamelessplug.

A better indicator of metabolic health is how much muscle you have and how much you move on a regular basis. A willowy, sedentary person with no muscle is in worse metabolic shape than someone with a much higher BMI and who has a couple of tickets to the gun show.

(Learn more about why here.)

So many of the things we do to achieve ‘skinny’ are actually harmful to our metabolic health

Did you know that extended calorie reduction actually decreases your metabolic rate? [2]

Yep.

And this happens with a concurrent increase in hunger hormones like ghrelin, which is why most dieters will regain their lost weight (and then some). [3]

Extreme exercise does the same thing. It increases your calorie needs, usually with the assumption that you won’t eat enough to meet that need. So you lose weight for a time until your metabolic rate decreases so that your body is forced to regain what you’ve lost once your raging hunger hormones overpower your will.

Not your fault – your body’s just an old pro in the survival game.

Oh, and nobody’s happy when they’re living the skinny lifestyle and eating half portions of rabbit food. Happiness is a huge part of healthy – and stress kills, metabolically speaking.

There’s also the sleep aspect, too – it’s just a fact of life that you can’t sleep well when you feel underfed. (Sleep being the ultimate metabolic health hack.)

As you can see, metabolic health can’t be achieved through the lens of skinny. It’s a state of balance attained through, you guessed it:

Living a balanced life

Metabolic health is striking a balance between exercising and relaxing, between eating and fasting.

It’s ensuring that your blood glucose is stable by eating foods that are uniquely healthy for you – and simultaneously not giving a crap about indulging here and there.

It’s caring about your body without obsessing over it. It’s prioritizing sleep so that your cells are primed to burn energy rather than store it.

Conclusion

So, while there are many who choose to buy into ‘skinny’ with fad dieting and superficial reasons, that’s not you. You’re here for a reason. And that reason is so much deeper than anything skinny can touch.

Look deeper into your metabolic health with Veri

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4429457/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1323303/
  3. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/article-abstract/2548255


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