Whoa, that title is mouth full! Let’s break it down and chat weight loss for minute. Likely, many of you reading this article have a gone on a “diet” or attempted weight loss unsuccessfully. Or, maybe you lost a few pounds but the weight loss wasn’t sustainable and came back… plus some. SO flipping frustrating, right!?!
Well, you’ll be happy to know, it’s not your fault! Your body has a preferred weight, or a weight set point, at which it feels most comfortable. Note…this is where your body feels comfortable, even though you might not like this set point. Make no mistake, your body will fight for that weight. The longer you’ve been at that set point, the more challenging it is to move the scale in the direction you desire. But how do you move the scale in the desired direction? Metabolic flexibility and improving insulin sensitivity (1)!
What is Metabolic Flexibility? And is Insulin Sensitivity a Good Thing?
If you’re eating a standard american diet (SAD), you’re a sugar burner, meaning your body uses glucose or sugar for fuel. A metabolically flexible person has the ability to use different types of fuel for energy, meaning interchangeability and easily using sugar or fat for fuel. Metabolic flexibility naturally increases insulin sensitivity, which in turn, decreases the risk of developing insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Yay for flexibility!
Impaired Metabolic Flexibility
If you’ve hit a weight loss plateau or can’t seem to change your weight set point, your metabolism has adapted to that weight (AKA metabolic adaptation). Basically, your weight sticks, nothing changes, and you’re left screaming, “HELP!” If that’s the case, it’s time to work on metabolic flexibility.
How to Become Metabolically Flexible?
Work with your body, not against it! Just like muscular flexibility, the body needs to train for metabolic flexibility. But how? Answer: diet phasing!
Diet phasing is not a diet. Phasing your diet, or regularly changing up the way you eat, means you’re never eating a specific way all of the time. Constant phasing means your metabolism never adapts or hits a plateau. Benefits of diet phasing include:
- No food groups are off limits. Yes, you can eat carbs! Variety is the spice of life
- Helps avoid hormone imbalance (2)
- No obsessive counting and tracking
- Creates/improves metabolic flexibility (3)
Diet Phasing, Okay. How?
Hello, 131 Method! The 131 Method’s core principal is diet phasing, which improves health and metabolic flexibility. Inside the 131 Method, Chalene guides you through the 12-week program with videos, audios, recipes, expert interviews, and a support team of Registered Dietitians at your fingertips!
Beyond metabolically flexibility, many 131 members report improvements in mental clarity, energy, achy joints, insulin resistance, and weight loss! If you’re a 131 member leave a comment below and tell us how the 131 Method has changed your life for the better. If you’re not a 131 member yet, check it out, friend!