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6 Ways to Maximize Your Metabolism

Buster 6: Stress
Of all the lifestyle issues that devastate metabolism, stress is the absolute worst, Chek says. “Your body cannot differentiate between different sources of stress, whether they’re emotional, physical, environmental or hormonal.” And in the long run, they all have the same metabolism-depressing effect.

Once your brain perceives anything as a threat, it initiates your fight-or-flight stress response, which includes the release of the stress hormones epinephrine (more commonly known as adrenaline) and cortisol. When stress becomes chronic, the net result of all this hormonal activity is a metabolism-depressing and vitality-sapping disaster: Your body, perceiving that it is under attack, shuts down precisely the systems (such as digestion, muscle building and repair) on which healthy metabolism depends. It starts storing up fat for safekeeping, and it begins robbing the stores of bone and muscle tissue that you’ve worked so hard to build. Stress also tends to encourage metabolism-busting behaviors (like overeating, drinking and skipping workouts) and to dissuade us from metabolism-building ones (like adequate sleep, exercise and good nutrition) that might normally help ameliorate its negative effects. (For more on the effects of stress and what you can do about them, check out “Good Stress, Bad Stress” in our June 2005 archive.)

Build Yourself Up
Mastering your metabolism requires a complex interplay of many factors, but the vast majority of them are well within your realm of influence. Best of all, the adjustments you’ll make in optimizing your metabolism will also positively and powerfully influence your overall health and vitality. And that will make staying in shape easier and more enjoyable for the long haul.

So start now. Even if you pick just one builder to incorporate and one buster to jettison, you’ll soon feel and see the positive results all over your body. And once you do, you’ll be inspired to build even more feel-good metabolic synergy into your health and fitness program and into your life.

Victoria L. Freeman, PhD, is a freelance health writer in Goodland, Kan.

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1:11AM PDT on Oct 16, 2013

Thank you :)

12:39PM PDT on Sep 9, 2013

Excellent article! Metabolism is broken down in easy to understand language. Thank you for explaining how everything fits together and in how to turn your metabolic rate around...even with age and lifestyle.

6:33AM PDT on Sep 9, 2013

thanks for the article

12:55AM PDT on Sep 8, 2013

Thank you :)

12:23PM PDT on Sep 2, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

11:27AM PDT on Aug 23, 2013

Thank you.

6:22AM PDT on Jul 26, 2013

It's a matter of choice

9:25AM PDT on Jul 23, 2013

Thank you for the article. Good to know

7:12AM PDT on Jun 20, 2013

thanks for the info

4:48AM PDT on May 30, 2013

thanks i will try

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