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Your metabolism burns calories from the break down of carbohydrates, proteins or fats
Those who are successful at losing weight and keeping it off are burning fats throughout the day.
Those who struggle with weight gain, fatigue, cravings, mood swings, and depression are typically burning carbs and proteins, Not stored body fat.
FACT…one of the fastest ways to get out of your ‘fat-burning’ zone is to skip a meal or eat the wrong foods (too many refined, processed carbohydrates). The body is designed to burn fats throughout the day – this is the ‘fat-burning’ zone you want to be in.
check all that apply…see if your metabolism is working for or against you!
Crave sweets/coffee in mid-morning/afternoon
Hungry between meals
Mid-morning and/or afternoon slumps
Irritable before meals or if meals are delayed
Get shaky or light-headed if meals delayed
Fatigue that eating relieves
Awaken a few hours after sleep, hard to get back to sleep
Problems with low blood sugar or hypoglycemia
Do you skip meals
Problems with memory, concentration and focus
Eat sweets, refined foods and fast foods
Family history of diabetes
Excessive urination, excessive thirst
Fasting serum or plasma glucose greater than 140 mg/dl
Overweight by 40 or more pounds
Total your score:
FYI…As blood sugar drops you begin to burn calories from carbohydrates and lean muscle – NOT stored body fat.
1 – 2 Blood sugar issues are NOT a major factor and you are doing a good job of keeping your blood sugar stable.
3 – 8 Occasional blood sugar issues may be affecting your energy, ability to lose weight, cravings, etc. You are probably NOT burning fats for energy and instead are burning carbohydrates and proteins…blood sugar and dietary choices need to be addressed.
9 plus Blood sugar problems are a definite problem and need to be addressed. You are probably NOT burning calories from stored body fat. Blood sugar imbalances will further fatigue and exhaust your adrenal glands, as well as, contribute to your inability to lose weight, cravings, high blood pressure, mood swings, etc.