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Your Metabolic Bank Account

Your Metabolic Bank Account

    Many of us are confused when we hear about how important a healthy metabolism is to our well being.  What exactly is this metabolism and how do you know you’re treating it right?

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    I find it best described as you would your own personal bank account.  You can make deposits and you can make withdraws.  If you make enough deposits, over time, your metabolism will mature appropriately and you will reap the rewards of a healthy and aesthetically pleasing physique.  Make too many withdrawals and you could find yourself in metabolic debt.

    Making Deposits

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    Your bank account takes time to grow.  It’s all about the small deposits you make on a regular basis.

    • Getting enough sleep
    • Increased physical activity
    • Eating balanced meals

    These are all small deposits we should be making daily.

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    Making Withdrawals

    The biggest mistake I see people making is that their withdrawals become bigger than their deposits.  Naturally this leads to debt.  You may think you’re doing well by eating healthy here and there but at the end of the week if the deposits haven’t outweighed the withdrawals you’ll find yourself in trouble.  Often this is what leads to frustration and eventual failure when trying to live the healthy lifestyle.

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    • Not getting enough sleep
    • Irregular and bad eating habits
    • Sedentary and lazy habits

    These may seem obvious but they are a few of the things that can add up in the end.  I should also mention here a few of the big withdraws people tend to make not knowing it’s doing harm to their metabolism.

    • Crash diets
    • Juice diets
    • Certain detox or cleansing programs
    • Miracle pills

    There may be times we feel these types of strategies will help give us a boost when trying to lose weight.  But in the end you cannot game the system.  These are large withdrawals.  Your body may reflect a positive change but your metabolic bank account will be put into critical debt.  This is what leads to a loss of lean body mass and an eventual regain of all the weight making it even harder to lose the weight the next time around.  A viscous cycle usually follows; the making of more withdraws followed by more metabolic debt.  Eventually leading to metabolic damage; the point of no return.

    All and all it’s really quite simple.  But at the same time very hard to stay on the path of the righteous.  We find ourselves constantly tempted by the dark side.  Hopefully I’ve shed some light on your ability to look at it from a new angle.  Keep the deposits coming in at a steady pace.  And avoid writing any checks you cannot afford.

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    Last Updated on September 20, 2018

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

    If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

    1. Breathe

    The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

    • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
    • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
    • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

    Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

    2. Loosen up

    After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

    Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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    3. Chew slowly

    Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

    Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

    Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

    4. Let go

    Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

    The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

    It’s not. Promise.

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    Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

    Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

    21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

    5. Enjoy the journey

    Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

    Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

    6. Look at the big picture

    The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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    Will this matter to me…

    • Next week?
    • Next month?
    • Next year?
    • In 10 years?

    Hint: No, it won’t.

    I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

    Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

    7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

    You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

    Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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    8. Practice patience every day

    Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

    • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
    • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
    • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

    Final thoughts

    Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

    Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

    Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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