A Two-Week Metabolic Reset

 

A Two-Week Metabolic Reset

by Dr. Natasha Turner ND

Being super thin is very different from being healthy. The distinction lies in understanding body composition – the ratio of lean to fatty tissue that makes up your total body weight. Your body is comprised of many tissues, including fat, bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, organs and also plenty of water. Healthy body composition is determined not by the number on your scale or the size of your jeans but by your percentage of fat versus lean muscle. Keeping your percentage of fat low and your lean muscle mass high is ideal for maximizing your strength, wellness and hormonal balance. Excess fat, bone loss and muscle loss are all factors that can result in altered body composition. The latter is what I refer to as the “skinny-fat person,” someone who appears slim but has a high percentage of body fat. In this case, body composition is not altered by excess fat but rather by an unhealthy deficiency of muscle, just like a supermodel.

The worst part? Fat fuels fat. That’s right, the more fat we accumulate, the greater our risk of obesity. With all the hormonal signals being sent and received from our fat, our fat actually controls how much more fat we store. As a result, we need to take charge of our fat cells to successfully initiate and maintain fat loss. The more fat we already have, the more difficult this process is as I am sure you have experienced – the frustration of making dietary tweaks or exercising more but not seeing results. Don’t give up because it’s absolutely doable and definitely worth the effort! You just need to reset your hormones and your ability to metabolize fats. The best way to approach this scenario is to do a Two-Week Metabolic Reset.

During my reset you will increase your protein, cooked vegetable and fiber intake and drop your fat and starch intake to match your activity levels. If you strength train, walk or complete any other type of exercise, consume one fat per day during this two week reset. Skip a serving of starchy carbs for at least 10 to 12 days then add one in if you strength train. The key to this is upping your protein and vegetables, which will keep you feeling full. If you get hungry, consume an extra serving of protein and our veggies. Check out my recent blog on cooked veggies – this was a life changer for me.

Stats to Track Your Progress:

Start date: End of Week 1 date: End of Week 2 date:

Weight:

Weight:
Weight:

Waist narrowest point:

Waist narrowest point:
Waist narrowest point:

Waist: @belly button:

Waist: @belly button:
Waist: @belly button:

Hips @ widest point:

Hips @ widest point:
Hips @ widest point:

The key is not to cheat during this reset as the goal is to lower insulin and to restore your body’s ability to process carbohydrates once you do begin to consume them again after the reset.

Here’s how I came up with this program: I was guilty of indulging with a few extra carbs or fats on the weekend, while being strict through the week. It wasn’t until I realized I had to do a strict two-week span to drop inflammation and insulin – that I really started to see results from my efforts. So, I did this reset. The best part, once you reset your hormones and get on the right exercise plan – you are supposed to indulge at least once or twice a week for hormonal health. And when your hormones are balanced you will not get set back with a two to four-pound weight gain from a cheat.

I suggest starting with my Two Week Reset Kit that comes with a permitted food list (that will be modified in the starch and fat areas based on your activity levels). During this time, you will also consume 1 serving of a meal replacement with one serving a protein powder, shaken in a cup twice a day as two of your meal choices.

Better yet if you feel you need a metabolic reset and are a Clear Medicine patient why not book a NEW YOU – Four week reset? Your Naturopathic Doctor and Holistic Nutritionist can help guide you through a true reset. Book today

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