“Your genes may load the gun, but your lifestyle pulls the trigger.”
~Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT
The link between health and performance is unequivocal.
Carbohydrate is in the form of sugar, starch, and cellulose – and it is ubiquitous.
Though carbohydrate is your body’s preferred fuel source it is not the most efficient option.
Enter Metabolic Efficiency™.
There is a powerful and distinct correlation between improved Metabolic Efficiency™ and certain health markers. Empirical data exist respective to how nutrition strategies affect endurance capacity, body composition, performance, and disease prevention.
Metabolic Efficiency™ is the body’s ability to utilize endogenous fat and carbohydrate stores at varying intensity and duration levels of exertion and rest. It is a nutrition and exercise intervention.
A by-product of Metabolic Efficiency™ is its innumerable benefits respective to health markers. Fat adaptation is the key. Consuming lean protein, fiber-rich carbohydrate, and healthful fat each meal represents your path to insulin sensitivity versus insulin resistance.
Read more about the concept–> Metabolic Efficiency™.
Four primary reasons exist to implement the Metabolic Efficiency™ concept. These reasons impact health markers and sport performance limiters common among the mainstream and athletes:
- Eliminates GI distress;
- Improves nutrient partitioning for energy;
- Improves body composition and weight;
- Improves health markers and risks associated with chronic and degenerative diseases
“Don’t dig your grave with your own knife and fork.”
You must be healthy in order to exercise.
Find below some of the adverse health and performance conditions resulting from elevated blood glucose levels:
Insulin plays a major role in nutrient partitioning and the level of insulin sensitivity determines how the complex shuttle system functions. Insulin sensitivity has the potential to improve energy expenditure where insulin resistance turns your body into a fat storage facility.
Insulin stimulates the uptake and storage of glucose. Blood glucose levels surge when the small intestine breaks down carbohydrate. Elevated glucose levels propel insulin spikes which inhibit lipolysis.
The issue is the body has shifted its primary fuel source from fat to carbohydrate. This shift represents an ineffective route to optimal health and sport performance. The desired outcome is to preserve glycogen until it is needed at maximum intensity. Mitigating insulin spikes is paramount to this process and is attainable only via Metabolic Efficiency™.
Consumption of insulin-stimulating carbohydrate is a surefire way to block fat oxidation and generate a roller coaster ride of volatile spikes and crashes en route to the podium of self-destruction. Sport drinks and gels with high carbohydrate concentrations have become fixtures on the athletic scene.
Most simple sugar products are easily digested, absorbed, and assimilated for quick energy. The backlash from artificial colors and flavors, refined sugar, and other processed ingredients to make them palatable is poor health and poor performance due to nutritional stress.
The first and most effective course of action to remedy health markers is lifestyle change. Poor dietary habits combined with a sedentary lifestyle are the forerunners to metabolic syndrome symptoms.
The prominence of visceral fat implies the prescription for a low fat nutritive plan, however, restriction of carbohydrate intake combined with exercise would be a much more effective protocol.
Many studies support the value of dietary modifications and exercise adaptation to treat metabolic syndrome. Dietary and exercise interface have a profound impact on metabolic syndrome markers. Metabolic syndrome risk factors increase with age and a predisposition to race and genetics exists.
Metabolic Efficiency™ is about blood sugar control in the spirit maximizing health and sport performance. Nutrition periodization with a focus on protein, fiber, and healthful fat meals will promote blood sugar stabilization and hormonal balance.
Find below the benefits Metabolic Efficiency™ has on blood sugar which translates to optimal health and peak sport performance:
- Decreased disease risk;
- No GI distress;
- Weight loss;
- Body fat loss;
- Less frequent feedings;
- Prolonged energy levels
Keeping insulin low is associated with significant changes in metabolism favoring decreased fat storage and increased fat oxidation. It is the cornerstone to Metabolic Efficiency™. Consuming low glycemic fruits with vegetables will stabilize blood sugar and a 25% to 75% ratio of the same will effectuate weight loss.
“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.”
Performance Medicine™ is an innovative medical specialty advancing the essence of preventive health care, endurance sport performance, and self-actualization.
Metabolic Efficiency™ is a key component of Performance Medicine™ and represents the catalyst to optimal health and performance. Its profound impact on mitigating biomarkers while maximizing endurance sport performance is unparalleled.
It is a revolutionary, inside-out approach to disease prevention and sport performance, poised to shift current medical and athletic paradigms.
Only you know the value of your health.
May your Sadhana thrive.