Metabolism and Your Hormones

Thu, 02/09/2012 - 14:17

I haven't gone soft on the importance of exercise or watching calories, but what I've discovered over the years is that a healthy metabolism (and essentially, healthy hormones!) is the key to changing your life — much more than just getting skinny. I'm talking about adding years of quality to your life.

We all know that fad diets are a thing of the past (or at least I hope we do!). The no-carb, no-fat crazes of the eighties and nineties are scientific laughingstocks and pop-culture dinosaurs. Now that you're living in the present, I want to let you in on the secret that will keep your body healthy and hot naturally: hormones.

So what do hormones have to do with anything? If I were to ask you what your metabolism is, would you say, "It's the way my body burns calories"? If so, you're wrong! That's what your metabolism does, not what it is.

The correct answer is, your metabolism is your biochemistry. And that biochemistry is run by means of the chemical messengers known as hormones. Hormones tell you that you're hungry, full, when to eat, and what to do with your food (whether to burn it or store it). And when you exercise, hormones tell your body how to move and consume energy stores. Hormones control almost every aspect of how we gain weight — and how we can lose it.

The scary part is that your hormones — and by definition, your metabolism — are being set up to fail. Without you even knowing it, your hormones have been hijacked by toxin-filled, nutritionally deficient, stress-dominated foods — endocrine disruptors — that cause obesity and disease. It's time to target and eliminate these endocrine disruptors and replace them with the hormone-positive foods that make you healthy, happy, and skinny, no matter how old you are.