Master Your Metabolism

Master Your Metabolism with Dr. Jade Teta

In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Dr. Jade Teta talks about how to master your metabolism and live a healthy lifestyle by mastering your hunger, energy, and cravings.

Dr. Teta is an integrative physician, author and sought after expert in the realm of metabolism and self-development. He spent the last 25 years immersed in the study of strength and conditioning, hormonal metabolism and the psychology of change and success. He has written several books including the best sellers, “Metabolic Effect Diet” and “Metabolic Aftershock”.  He has also contributed both the exercise and sports nutrition chapters for “The Textbook of Natural Medicine”.

Main Questions Asked:

  • How do most people approach their diet and metabolism and why is it incorrect?
  • What does metabolism actually mean in everyday terms?
  • How can you master your metabolism?
  • What kind of exercise should you do in order to master your metabolism?
  • How can you improve your willpower?

Key Points Made by Dr. Teta:

  • Much of the information most people have about how their metabolism works is wrong.
  • You need to master your metabolism first instead of the common idea of eat less/exercise more in order to master your metabolism.
  • Research has indicated that popular diets do not work and in many cases will result in weight gain over time rather than weight loss. After a diet 95% of people will gain back all the weight they lost and 66% will actually gain more weight than they lost.
  • Your metabolism is just the way your body seeks balance. Hormones are the tools of your metabolism.
  • When you are stressed, your body produces cortisol and adrenaline which signal to your brain to react to the stress.
  • Your metabolism is changeable and can be corrected. There are signals your body’s metabolism is unbalanced. HEC, your hunger, energy, and cravings are the biofeedback your body uses to indicate what state your metabolism is in.
  • Ask yourself if your HEC is in check.
  • Your metabolism is like a pendulum, if you push on it by exercising more and eating less your metabolism will react by making your more hungry and more tired.
  • There are foods that can help suppress cravings and hunger, for example: chicken and broccoli.
  • Everyone’s metabolism is different and needs to be addressed for each person in a customized way.
  • Macronutrients have varying effects on your metabolism.
  • Protein, fibre, and water are effective at satisfying hunger. Carbohydrates, starch, salt, and fat are effective at satisfying cravings.
  • Start with protein, fibre, and water as a meal and see how your HEC reacts. Adjust based off of how your body responds.
  • A good meal should satisfy you for around 4 hours.
  • Any form of exercise will have an effect on your metabolism. Long term exercise like jogging is great for cardiovascular health but will directly impact your HEC.
  • Your exercise has the power to stabilize your metabolism or unbalance it.
  • For people who are out of shape short, intense exercise or short, low intensity exercise is most effective at lowering body weight. A mix of both is best for keeping your HEC in check.
  • Intense and short exercise routines tend to suppress your appetite.
  • Willpower is like a battery and can be exhausted. Your will can be trained and improved. The more you think negative thoughts about yourself, the faster your willpower will be drained.
  • Train your will by exposing yourself to small doses of things like dessert. Practice eating things you are weak to by eating a few bites and leaving the rest.
  • Don’t try to do everything at one time or you will drain your will and staying power rapidly.  Choose one new activity like walking and add that to your routine. Add more later, once you’ve made that a habit.

Key Resources Mentioned:

Book – The Metabolic Effect Diet: Eat More, Work Out Less, and Actually Lose Weight While You Rest

Book – Metabolic Aftershock: 15 Minutes of Sweat, 48 Hours of Burn

Jade’s website

Jade – twitter

Jade’s facebook page

Book – Reclaim Your Energy and Feel Normal Again

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