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Breaking down the latest research on Anti-Inflammatory Nutrition
Written By: Dr. Barry Sears, Ph. D | Creator of the Zone Diet

Written by Mary Perry, MS, RD, LDN
on January 11, 2024
Our view of metabolism tends to be superficial when in actuality it is incredibly complex. We often think of metabolism in terms of it being fast or slow or the efficiency with which we burn energy or fat. While that is a piece of it, metabolism goes well beyond the accumulation or loss of body fat as it involves so many more processes within our body. In this blog, we break down the science of metabolism as explained by Dr. Sears. We start with the basics and work our way towards Dr. Sears' newer themes of Metabolic Engineering and what that means to our personal health.
What Is Metabolism?

Your metabolism converts food into energy to keep you alive, it optimizes the immune system, and repairs damaged tissue. When your metabolism isn't working efficiently, you accumulate excess body fat, suffer decreased mental and physical performance, and your immune system becomes less efficient. These outcomes, caused by growing inefficiency in your metabolism, accelerate your rate of aging.

What Metabolism Does

  1. Controls weight. When your metabolism is performing optimally, the weight comes off and stabilizes.
  2. Provides physical energy and mental focus. Your metabolism's job is to turn food into energy. Do you get tired shortly after meals or in the afternoon? Do you have brain fog or trouble concentrating? This means something is in the way of that energy creation.
  3. Slows the aging process to maintain wellness. When a poorly functioning metabolism isn't providing enough energy to your cells, aging speeds up and wellness goes down.

Why Your Metabolism May Not Be Working Efficiently

Insulin resistance is not a disease, but an indication that your metabolism is becoming less efficient. The primary reason your metabolism might not be operating at peak efficiency is called insulin resistance.

What Causes Insulin Resistance? Insulin resistance is caused by a pro-inflammatory diet, which can result from any one of three following nutritional factors·

  1. A deficiency in certain nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids and polyphenols.
  2. An excess intake of calories, glucose, omega-6 fatty acids, and palmitic acid
  3. An unbalanced protein-to-carbohydrate ratio in your diet.

The more of these dietary factors you have in your current diet, the more likely you are to have insulin resistance.

How Do You Know If You Have Insulin Resistance?

Your body will tell you if you're developing insulin resistance - weight gain and the loss of physical energy and mental focus are some of the first physical signs of increasing resistance. Yet insulin resistance often starts years earlier before you see those physical signs. Ultimately your blood will confirm the existence of insulin resistance. It is measured by a simple blood test known as HOMA-IR. lf your HOMA-IR level is greater than two, you have insulin resistance. Once a person develops insulin resistance, it's usually just a matter of time before any one of the many chronic problems caused by insulin resistance begins to appear. 

How Do You Make Your Metabolism More Efficient?

Your metabolism converts food into energy, controls your immune system, regulates the expression of your genes, controls tissue regeneration, and finally controls your rate of aging. That is an impressive list, but to get those benefits, you must continually manage the metabolism in each of the 37 trillion cells in your body. Although metabolism is complex, there's a relatively simple dietary system that can fine-tune the metabolism in every cell in your body. To do so, you must understand the power of Metabolic Engineering TM.

Metabolic Engineering TM

There is no magic bullet to reduce insulin resistance, but there is a proven dietary system. It's called Metabolic Engineering. Metabolic Engineering is designed to reprogram the metabolism of each of your 37 trillion cells. It comprises three distinct dietary interventions: omega-3 fatty acids, polyphenols, and the patented Zone diet working as a team to reprogram your metabolism for greater efficiency. The Zone diet helps reduce insulin resistance, omega-3 fatty acids resolve inflammation caused by insulin resistance, and polyphenols repair the damage caused by insulin resistance. These are the 3Rs necessary to maintain wellness.

Dietary Components Of Metabolic Engineering

Consider these three dietary interventions as the 3Rs (Reduce, Resolve, and Repair) you need to return your metabolism to peak efficiency. Any one of the three dietary components of Metabolic Engineering is beneficial. Still, you need all three to be working together to reduce insulin resistance most effectively to get you to the Zone. The Zone diet (especially when using our Zone Foods) provides the dietary pathway to reduce inflammation. It's also the most clinically proven diet to reduce insulin resistance. In fact, the Zone diet is patented to reduce insulin resistance. However, equally important is the need for adequate levels of highly purified omega-3 fatty acids (OmegaRx) and polyphenols (MaquiRx) as dietary supplements to further resolve residual inflammation caused by insulin resistance and repair cellular damage caused by insulin resistance. The true goal of medicine should be not to treat the symptoms of chronic disease but to maintain wellness.

The more efficient your metabolism becomes by following Metabolic Engineering, the faster you reduce insulin resistance. As insulin resistance is decreased, you lose excess body fat, reduce fatigue, and slow down the rate of aging. Metabolic Engineering allows you to quickly enjoy the benefits of improved wellness - and more importantly, for the rest of your life. The three dietary components of Metabolic Engineering (the Zone diet, omega-3 fatty acids, and polyphenols) work as a team to get you into the Zone.



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