Metabolic Flexibility

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It’s 2019, and people are still wondering, “what in the world am I supposed to eat?” Between Keto, Paleo, Whole30, Vegetarian, Vegan, Mediterranean, and many additional dietary philosophies, it is truly confusing to know what the best option actually is. What we do know, however, is that the future of optimized health requires us to take a more in-depth approach, dispelling the "one size fits all" mentality--especially when it comes to nutrition and exercise. New science has allowed us to identify the cellular states that produce the best health outcomes.  A successful outcome will have a highly functioning metabolism; more specifically, a metabolism that utilizes the fuel that it has available without depleting energy. This cellular state is called metabolic flexibility.


1. The Standard American Diet

Too many carbohydrates and simple sugars can impede your body from reaching this cellular state. 

2. Eating Too Many Calories

Consuming more calories than your body actually needs may also prevent metabolic flexibility.

3. Living a Sedentary Lifestyle 

Studies show that not exercising is a key determinant of metabolic inflexibility. 

4. Excess Stress

Stress causes the body to produce more cortisol, which can wreak havoc on your metabolism.

5. Eating All Day Long

When you are constantly eating, your body will produce insulin all day to stabilize blood sugar. Your body will not optimally burn its stored calories, which is a hallmark of metabolic inflexibility.

The easiest way to find out how well you burn fat is to complete a Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) Test. A RMR test is completed by measuring your oxygen consumption to carbon dioxide release at a resting state. It helps to identify the number of fats you are burning while at rest; the goal being to be in a fat-burning state when fasted. Another advantage of RMR testing is that you will receive a total calorie consumption recommendation based on your metabolism. Having these insights will allow you to precisely tailor your calorie intake to your individualized metabolism.

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Becoming metabolically flexible depends both on the type of calories that you consume, along with the timing of your food intake. This is achieved by adding high quality fats to your diet, along with training the body to burn those fats for energy. This is where an active assessment, or VO2 Max Test provided by Cryo Recovery, can give you the best Heart Rate Zones to train your body to burn fat. When your body begins to know when the optimal time to burn fat and carbs is, you will reap all of the benefits of a flexible metabolism.

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Both of these personalized assessments are available at Cryo Recovery! After you complete your RMR or VO2 Max Testing, we will create an individualized report that gives you detailed insights into your metabolic health, daily nutritional recommendations, and optimal workout zones.

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Bill Hanks