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You know that if you want to be healthy, you have to eat right and exercise. But what if you don’t have time to eat healthfully and work out? You have problems with your metabolic balance. You have a high-calorie diet and are not getting enough calories from food. Or maybe you have a high-fat diet and not enough carbohydrates in your diet. What do you do? You have to find a balance between calories, protein, and carbohydrates. This can be really challenging for some people. Especially when they have busy lives. But there are ways to keep your metabolic balance and keep you healthy.
What is a metabolic balance?
A metabolic balance is a great way to understand how your body processes and uses fuel. You can think of it as the ratio between two things: your energy requirement (calories) and the amount of energy released by your body (kinetic energy). A metabolic imbalance is when you’re not getting enough calories from the right foods. You may not know it yet, but by making small adjustments to your diet and increasing your activity level, you can correct your metabolic imbalance and get back on track with healthy eating and regular exercise.
How do maintain a metabolic balance?
Maintaining a metabolic balance is essential to good health. It is done through diet and exercise. If you don’t eat and exercise, your metabolism will slow down and you will gain weight. So, you have to make sure you are getting the right amount of calories, protein, and fat in your diet.
Here are a few tips to help you maintain your metabolic balance:
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet: A healthy diet should consist of whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, nuts, seeds, and legumes. It should also include small amounts of unrefined sugars, fats, and alcohol.
- Getting enough sleep: We all need sleep, but we all sleep for different reasons. Some people need 7 hours, while others need 8 hours. It’s all about balancing out your sleep and wake times so you get the right amount of sleep. You can test out different times in the day and see what works best for you.
- Maintaining a healthy body weight: If you’re not getting the right amount of calories in, you will store fat. So, you have to make sure you are eating healthy foods and getting enough exercise. If you’re not losing weight, you are likely not getting enough calories.
3 Types of Metabolic Imbalance
There are three main types of metabolic imbalance:
1. Problematic eating:
When you eat foods that you shouldn’t, like sweets, starches, and high-fat foods, you are putting yourself at risk for metabolic imbalances.
2. Incorrect exercise:
Exercising for too long can be bad for your body, but exercising for 30- 60 minutes at a time is a good amount. You have to balance out your activities so that you are getting enough exercise.
3. Incorrect diet:
You don’t have to be a diet expert to recognize that you shouldn’t be eating foods that are bad for you.
You can just follow these rules: a) don’t eat while you’re on the phone, b) don’t drink when you’re on the computer, and c) don’t eat while driving.
What to do when you have a metabolic imbalance?
There are a few things that you can do to help your body maintain its balance:
- Eat less often: This is the most obvious one. As your body gets older, it gets less and less efficient at metabolizing food. So, you have to be mindful of not eating every 2-3 hours.
- Exercise more: Exercise is great for you and helps you maintain your weight. But you have to make sure you are doing it for the right reasons. If you’re not getting any exercise and just do exercise to lose weight, you are actually putting yourself at risk for metabolic imbalance.
- Don’t drink while using the computer or talking on the phone: While these activities are both essential to survival, they also tend to be reactive in nature and result in high-intensity exercise.
- Limit your alcohol: Alcohol is a diuretic (or fuller-body) relaxant. This means that it will push your body’s pH (or external environment) out of balance and cause you to urinate more often.
- Chew your food: While you’re sitting at your desk or in the car, you have the luxury of not chewing your food. But what if you’re out having a meal at a restaurant and don’t have a chance to chew your food? The urine comes out on that trip!
The way you eat and drink can make or break your health. If you’re not careful, you can actually put yourself at risk for metabolic imbalance, which can lead to weight gain, increased blood pressure, and other health problems. To maintain healthy body weight, you have to know your metabolism and how it works. You have to be aware of what foods make you feel good and what foods make you feel bad. You have to be aware of how much fuel you need each day, and you have to be careful not to go over that mark.
Keep in mind that the way you eat and the amount of activity you engage in daily can make a difference in your health. So, don’t wait until you have a “trouble-in-the-tinted-glass” and then impulsively decide to change your diet or exercise habits. Start small and work your way up to more complex tasks. And last but not least… Drink plenty of water! It’s the key to keeping your metabolic balance.