In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Lyn-Genet Recitas talks about The Metabolism Plan and how to reach your best health by understanding your body’s chemical responses to exercise.
Lyn-Genet Recitas is the NY Times and International Bestselling author of “The Plan”, a groundbreaking nutritional protocol which has been published in over 15 countries. Her newest book is “The Metabolism Plan”. She helps people reach their best health by finding their chemical responses to food, not counting calories via her book and protocol, “The Plan”, and finding the right kind of exercise for your own personal metabolism. Lyn-Genet and her team of doctors and nutritionists have helped over half a million people regain their health and reach their goal weight all while eating over 2,000 calories a day.
Main Questions Asked:
- Tell us what can be going wrong when it comes to someone’s diet?
- What is BBT?
- How does exercise cause inflammation and increase cortisol?
- What about walking as exercise?
- Is there anything else that we haven’t talked about yet that you think is important?
Key Points Made by Lyn-Genet:
- If you gain weight after eating a particular food, that’s your body’s way of saying this food is NOT good for you.
- Your body’s particular chemistry will react differently to certain foods and it’s the same function with exercise.
- You can gain weight and reduce your metabolism if you exercise too intensely for your body.
- Basal body temperature (BBT) is a measurement of your endocrine function.
- When you exercise too intensely you will increase cortisol and become more prone to fat storage and suppress your thyroid function.
- If you exercise and your BBT goes up, that’s good. If it goes down, the exercise was too intense and you should tone it down.
- Cortisol is the key. We are already stressed most of the time. Effective exercise doesn’t cause more stress to your body.
- It’s not just the intensity or style of the exercise, but also the time of day that matters most.
- Your body naturally repairs itself during sleep, and extra cortisol prevents the repair process. Cortisol tends to drop after 5pm so exercising in the evening is actually not very effective.
- Save your favourite intense exercise for the weekends when your stress levels are lower. Rotate your exercises as well.
- Walking is generally not effective, and too much walking increases stress levels.
- Test whatever it is you are doing that you think is making you healthy.
- Exercising intensely to reduce your stress can lead to a negative feedback cycle and creates more stress.
- You need to find somebody that is on your team and that can support you in becoming healthy.
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