Metabolic renewal – a conversation with Dr. Jade Teta

Dr. Jade Teta is an integrative doctor and personal trainer with over 25 years of experience. The majority of his clients are women, so he has become an expert on the unique properties of female metabolism and its hormonal strengths and challenges.

To date, he has personally worked with over 10,000 people helping them achieve their weight loss and health goals. And he’s helped hundreds of thousands more with home programs he created.

Dr. Teta has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and a doctorate in naturopathy, a specialized field of medicine that focuses on lifestyle approaches to health, fitness, and weight loss. He is licensed to practice medicine in Washington State and California, where he is registered as a family doctor.

Dr. Teta is the author of Metabolic renewal, the first lifestyle program developed by doctors to optimize the female metabolism by transforming your natural hormonal rhythm into one that burns fat, forms the body and promotes health advantage. He was inspired to create this program when his mother unexpectedly gained 20 pounds and started having health problems. When diet and exercise did nothing, he realized that her hormones were the cause and created a comprehensive wellness plan to make her feel like herself again.

Dr. Teta writes and teaches internationally as a training provider in the fields of medicine and fitness. He is also the author of several other bestselling programs, including Metabolic aftershocks and Metabolic Prime. He has also contributed to both the exercise and sports nutrition chapters The textbook of natural medicine, the most widely used natural medicine textbook in medical schools across the country.

What is Metabolic Renewal?

Metabolic renewal is a weight loss program specially designed for women. The program aims to boost your metabolism by tailoring your diet and exercise routine to match your specific hormone type.

What is a metabolic effect?

A “metabolic effect” is a term I coined to explain that the latest in exercise research is that intensity (how hard you exercise) can be as important and potentially more effective than duration (how long you exercise) . This is good news for those starving for time. Longer, more traditional forms of exercise such as running or jogging burn calories during exercise, but can negatively affect the key hormones that are responsible for calorie consumption at rest. Smart training uses short, focused workouts that focus on weight training and intervals to turn on fat burning hormones. Research shows that these techniques increase fat expenditure for hours and even days after the activity is finished and outperform “aerobic zone” exercises such as running. This is the so-called metabolic “wave effect”.

Not all exercises are created equal. The “metabolic effect” changes the metabolism from the inside out. Change your hormones and the calories will take care of themselves.

What are some of the biggest misconceptions people have about the body’s metabolism?

Myth # 1: You’ll get sustainable, predictable, linear, and fair results if you just follow the plan

The metabolism is naturally adaptive and reactive. It is constantly looking for balance or homeostasis. When you push your metabolism in any direction, it pushes back against you.

Not only will it smooth out changes in hunger, cravings, and other sensations, but it will also slow your metabolism down.

Most people think of metabolism as a calculator. They believe that it has a linear, predictable, and stable function. All it takes is to put in the correct numbers and the weight loss utopia will be achieved. In practice, of course, this is not the case.

To let go of the rope and beat your metabolism in this game, you need to be diligent. Not going to extremes with diet and exercise, cycling the less food and exercise for periods with more food and exercise approach, and learning to read the body’s metabolic signals are important strategic maneuvers for metabolic success.

Myth # 2: You’ll get sustainable, predictable, linear, and fair results if you just follow the plan (Part 2).

Most people understand that each of us is unique in our physical appearance, cultural differences, psychology, and personality, but when it comes to health and fitness, we pretend we’re all the same.

But just as our physical appearance is unique, so is our metabolic expression. We now know that we can vary considerably in how we handle and digest food, whether we are sensitive to bitter compounds, how sensitive or resistant we are to insulin, how susceptible we are to disease and much more.

We have to respect these individual differences within ourselves. If you know that when you eat fat, you get bloated, break out with acne, and feel sluggish, this is something you need to consider, even though the latest health book says about adding a pound of fat to your coffee.

Myth # 3: The body can easily burn and build fat at the same time

The body can only easily burn fat while building muscle at the same time if you are a beginner in fitness (or taking steroids and other supplements). The metabolism doesn’t want to do both at the same time. I call it “The Law of Metabolic Multitasking”.

The body likes to dedicate its resources to either storing fat and muscle (anabolism) or burning fat and muscle (catabolism).

This experience is individual and largely depends on the type of exercise you do as well as the type of diet you choose to lose weight. We now know that a high-protein diet and a lifting-focused exercise regimen are much better at helping multitasking your metabolism.

The idea with this law is to get more nuanced in your exercise and diet. Find your Goldilocks zone: not too much, not too little, but just right. This is most important for carbohydrates and cardio. You probably need both, but not too little or too much.

Myth # 4: All you need to worry about is eat less and exercise more

Calories are important. But also hormones.

From my point of view, hormones are more important because the hormonal influences on the metabolism, if properly controlled, reduce and even eliminate the compensatory eating reactions typical of a diet metabolism. With a “calories first” approach, these compensatory responses get worse. This is why people are unable to eat less, exercise more. Sixty-six percent of people who use the popular high-calorie mantra, “eat less, exercise more,” get fatter two years later than they did before they started dieting.

What is an example of a metabolic disease?

I am an integrative doctor. I and many doctors like me have been dealing with metabolic diseases and damage for years. We just never called it “metabolic damage”. It has been called “neuroendocrine immune dysfunction”.

Or we called it “adrenal fatigue” on some of its manifestations. Sometimes when an actual diagnosis could be made we would call it “hypothyroidism” or “Hashimoto’s thyroiditis” or “adrenal insufficiency”.

I have since adopted the term “metabolic damage” because it is more meaningful and easier to understand than “neuroendocrine immune dysfunction”.

Many thanks to Dr. Jade Teta for his thoughts Metabolic renewal and for our readers, check out how women can alter their metabolism by changing their diet and exercise routine based on their specific hormone type.

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