Does the number on your scale determine your health? I hear this question all the time and the answer is :
Your metabolic health is more important than the number on your scale.
What is metabolic health?
Metabolic health is a wide range of biochemical functions that contribute to cellular damage, premature ageing and organ dysfunction and the good news is that some of the processes are reversible.
In this article, I will reveal simple tips to check your health status and take action.
As a nutritionist, I always look at the latest biochemical laboratory results which tell a lot about the current state of health of my clients.
Optimal blood sugar levels, glycated haemoglobin (A1c), fasting triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol & low-density cholesterol (LDL), blood pressure, the key inflammatory marker CRP, white blood cells and nutrients status (vitamin D, B12, B9, zinc, iron) as well as hormonal panels.
Ask a professional to read your blood results and point out markers that could be a root cause of a potential health issue.
Also, measure your waist-to-hip ratio because belly fat is a risk factor for many chronic inflammatory diseases such as insulin resistance, diabetes, stroke or heart attack.
The basic formula is dividing your waist circumference by your hip circumference.
To measure your waist circumference. Stand up straight, exhale and measure around the smallest part of your waist, just above your belly button.
To measure your hip circumference, place the tape around the largest part of your hips and the widest part of your buttocks.
Check below if you are at risk. Are you above 0.80 ( for women) and above 0.95 (for men)?
By now you know that there is a space for improvement but what exactly should you do?
You are unique and personalised action plan would be the best choice. Nutrition is key but can food alone help?
Unfortunately not. Dietary interventions will have limited effect if you don’t improve other aspects of your life.
There are other pillars of Health & Wellbeing that have a significant impact on your metabolic health and overall approach to healthier living.
- Do you sleep well?
- Are you able to adopt stress-management behaviours?
- Do you exercise? I mean natural physical movement every day?
- Do you live with a sense of purpose?
- What about your relationships & supportive community? Do you have a sense of belonging?
- Do you spend good quality time with your children, partner or other loved ones?
The most profound influences are the cumulative effects of the decisions you make about your daily food and lifestyle choices.
Simple, science-based and sustainable diet and lifestyle changes can help you prevent and reverse disease, boost your energy so that you can achieve optimal health.
If you are saying: “BUT I don’t have time to do all that.
I am too busy.” 🙇♀️🙇♂️
Let me tell you that if something is important enough for you, you will FIND time!
Without proper nutrition🍏 and oxygen supply, your body can’t work optimally.
Are you curious to find out more about your metabolic health?
Here are some questions from my Health Questionnaire which might help you to reflect on your current state of health :
✔️You cannot go for more than 3 hours without a meal/snack
✔️You often eat desserts or sugary foods
✔️If a meal is missed you get irritable or moody
✔️You often crave caffeinated drinks (e.g. cola, coffee, tea)
✔️If a meal is missed you find it hard to concentrate
✔️If a meal is missed you feel weak, dizzy or drowsy
✔️You do NOT have protein with each meal (e.g. meat, fish, and nuts)
✔️You experience excessive appetite & overeating or comfort eating
✔️You have a family history of type 2 diabetes
✔️You find it difficult to lose weight
✔️You have been diagnosed with high blood pressure
✔️You often experience chronic & frequent tiredness
✔️You tend to lead a sedentary lifestyle
✔️You often experience excessive thirst
✔️You suffer from central obesity (fat around the middle)
✔️You tend to experience slow healing of wounds or cuts
✔️You have a stressful lifestyle
How many times did you answer YES?
Download my Clean Eating shopping list or Ebook about the 5 biggest weight-loss mistakes so that you can improve your metabolic health today and prevent or reverse disease.
If you have a burning health issue and you would like to find out the root cause of your health issues (rather than using medication to treat clinical symptoms), you can submit your questions here and I answer weekly or schedule a FREE discovery call.