Is Your Metabolism burning fats or carbs and lean muscle?
check all that apply…
Crave sweets/coffee in mid-morning/afternoon
Hungry between meals
Mid-morning and/or afternoon slumps
Irritable before meals or if meals are delayed
Get shaky or light-headed if meals delayed
Fatigue that eating relieves
Awaken a few hours after sleep, hard to get back to sleep
Problems with low blood sugar or hypoglycemia
Do you skip meals
Problems with memory, concentration and focus
Eat sweets, refined foods and fast foods
Family history of diabetes
Excessive urination, excessive thirst
Fasting serum or plasma glucose greater than 140 mg/dl
Overweight by 40 or more pounds
Total your score:
You Burn Calories to produce Energy!
Your metabolism is responsible for burning calories from the break down of carbohydrates, proteins or fats
Those who are successful at losing weight and keeping it off are burning fats throughout the day.
Those who struggle with weight gain, fatigue, cravings, mood swings, depression and cellulite are typically burning carbs and proteins, Not stored body fat.
Just because the machine said, you burned 300 calories...doesn't mean you burned 300 calories from stored body fat!
The reason weight gain and fatigue go hand-in-hand is because your metabolism is burning the wrong fuel.
You produce more than two-and-a-half times more energy when your burn fats instead of carbs or proteins.
FACT…one of the fastest ways to get out of your ‘fat-burning’ zone is to skip a meal or eat the wrong foods (too many refined, processed carbohydrates). The body is designed to burn fats throughout the day – this is the ‘fat-burning’ zone you want to be in.
FYI…As blood sugar drops you begin to burn calories from carbohydrates and lean muscle – NOT stored body fat.
You can burn calories All day long, but if you're burning carbs and lean muscle - you are always going to struggle with fatigue, weight gain, cravings, mood swings, cellulite, etc.
1 – 2
Your metabolism is probably functioing properly. Blood sugar issues are NOT a major factor and you are doing a good job of staying in your 'fat-burning' zone throughout the day.
3 – 8
Occasional blood sugar issues may be affecting your energy, ability to lose weight, cravings, etc. You are probably NOT burning fats for energy and instead your metabolism is more often burning carbohydrates and proteins…blood sugar and dietary choices need to be addressed.
It looks like your metabolism is working against you. Blood sugar problems are a definite problem and need to be addressed. You are probably NOT burning calories from stored body fat. Blood sugar imbalances will further fatigue and exhaust your adrenal glands, as well as, contribute to your inability to lose weight, cravings, high blood pressure, mood swings, etc.