How does nutrition impact metabolic health?
The modern diet is at the heart of the metabolic health/metabolic syndrome crisis plaguing the world. Food matters. The fuel we put into our bodies has a tremendous impact on metabolic health. In fact, 80 percent of metabolic health is influenced by the food we eat. The modern diet is fast—it only takes about 5 minutes to have a pre-prepared, ready-to-eat meal in our hands. And if you think that foods labeled “low-fat” or “organic” are an exception, you’ll want to think again. Even today’s “healthy” foods are enemies in disguise. The problem isn’t just that food is readily accessible, it’s that the modern diet is saturated with processed and refined foods that provide little nutritional value.
Here are three nutritional keys to metabolic health:
1. Look beyond the label and avoid foods that are processed, high in carbohydrates and saturated fats, and low in protein. A metabolic health diet is one that is high in protein, contains moderate amounts of healthy fats, and is low in carbohydrates.
2. When and how much we eat is just as important as what we eat. We should strive to live the 4-4-12 rule. This allows our body to use protein and fat as fuel, and it supports healthy insulin levels.
3. Avoid Sugar. Limiting amounts of simple/refined sugars and starches is essential for a healthy metabolism.