Switching OFF Our Metabolisms

“Every bite we take and every lifestyle choice we make matters.” -Jillian Michaels

The following is an excerpt from Jillian Michael’s wonderful book, “Master Your Metabolism“:

What’s At Stage

There’s evidence of a national endocrine meltdown everywhere. More Americans are overweight than ever before – 72 million of us. Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death. Only the act of lighting known carcinogens on fire and repeated inhaling them into your lungsĀ  – aka smoking – beats it out for the deadliest spot.

People who are obese are 50 to 100 percent more likely to die early than people of normal weight. They also have a higher rate of many debilitating and/or deadly conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
  • Cancer (especially cancer of the pancreas, liver, kidney, endometrium, breast, uterus, and colon, and possibly leukemia and lymphoma)
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Crushing depression
  • Devastating social stigma
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Gout
  • Heart attacks
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • High triglycerides
  • Respiratory problems
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stroke
  • Thicker heart walls
  • Type 2 Diabetes

I wish I were making this stuff up to scare you, but I’m not. We’ve all read the headlines. We know there are supposedly many reasons whey this is happening: twenty thousand cable TV channels, super mega cheeseburgers, processed foods, fifty-mile commutes to work, seventy-hour work weeks.

But there are other reasons that no seems to be talking about. What about the chemicals in our air, water, cosmetics, clothes? How about the weed killer on our neighbors lawns? How about the plastic that’s invaded every corner of our world.

We’ve demonized our “super size me” habits for a long time. But there are many other environmental, dietary and societal factors that have come into play only in the past thirty years, and a vast number of them disrupt our hormones and switch off our metabolisms.

I have watched so many people I love go down the path of hormone-induced early death. You know that guy – maybe you are that guy – with a barrel of heart-attack fat strapped onto his waist. Or that woman who finds a lump in her breast at teeny-eight. Or the kid gets diagnosed with “adult onset” type 2 diabetes before he’s allowed to see a PG-13 movie.

This last one is such a heart breaker for me. the diagnosis rate for diabetes has shot up 40 percent in the past decade. What the heck is going on here? Why are our hormones spinning so out of control, and how are we ever going to stop them?

Clearly, there is only one way. We have to wake up and realize that every bite we take and every lifestyle choice we make matters. Not just for calories or fat or carbs, but because those bites or choices tell our bodies how to react. With bite after bite, sip after sip, breath after breath – when we pick the wrong foods or surround ourselves with toxic chemicals, each moment or consumption tells our hormones to do things that, consciously, we would never want them to do.

We have to learn how our modern food supply and toxic world interact with our hormones. We have to understand exactly how they make us overweight and sick. That’s the only way we can set it right again. And that is what Master Your Metabolism is all about.

Master Your Metabolism is available from many booksellers including Amazon.

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