Exercise and Metabolism

Exercise today is different than the exercise of our ancestors. Our ancestors for one had a much higher exposure to sunlight and they did not have chronic exposure to dioxins, estrogen, mercury, fluoride, radiation and PUFA’s. These anti-metabolic stressors of today are creating a hypo-metabolic society that, when coupled with exercise, may have an aging affect.

The new school of thought regarding exercise is to decrease energy (calorie) intake, while increasing energy (calorie) demand with breathless exercise. This causes a hypo-metabolic state. According to Ray Peat PhD: “Stress and starvation lead to a relative reliance on the fats stored in the tissues, and the mobilization of these as circulating free fatty acids contributes to a slowing of metabolism and a shift away from the use of glucose for energy. This is adaptive in the short term, since relatively little glucose is stored in the tissues (as glycogen), and the proteins making up the body would be 14214rapidly consumed for energy, if it were not for the reduced energy demands resulting from the effects of the free fatty acids.” Inducing the stress response causes an increased production of adrenaline and cortisol, leading to lipid peroxidation and decreased glucose oxidation.

Most people in society and health professionals currently view weight gain as a symptom of too little activity and think by increasing exercise frequency (with very little thought into exercise variables) is the most logical path to success. Dianna Schwarzbien MD states that you must get healthy to loose weight, not loose weight to get healthy! Weight gain is not an exercise deficiency; it is the end result of being in a hypo-metabolic state.

The goal during working out is to release sufficient ATP (energy) to drive muscle contraction. As you know, our cells through anaerobic an aerobic respiration, are able to produce ATP. The aerobic energy system is much more efficient at producing ATP, but takes much longer to produce ATP where the anaerobic cellular systems (Creatine Phosphate and Glycolytic) produce ATP very fast, but unfortunately one of its byproducts, lactic acid, is produced in higher concentrations secondary to lack of O2 (anaerobic) at the cell level. This not only interferes with muscle contraction, but cellular respiration, thyroid hormone production leading to inflammation.

According to John Ivy PhD, sugar is far more effective than protein in preventing protein degradation in the muscle. Most research shows that 30-45 min post workout your muscle machinery, in the presence of the right type and amount of carbohydrates and protein, can initiate repair of damaged muscle and replenish glycogen stores. Right after exercise, your cells are VERY sensitive to insulin, which if paired with the right carbohydrate to protein ratio, can be used to our anabolic advantage.

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1. The rate of O2 consumption correlates with overall energy production, homeostasis and longevity. A low heart rate is not a sign of increased endurance or health. It is a sign of altered energy production and a damaged metabolism.

2. Exercise increases the demand for energy production and thyroid hormone. But at the same time increases certain substances that interfere with overall energy production and T3 production. This MUST be met nutritionally.

3. Taking your temperature and pulse 30-45 min after working out will provide you with the necessary information on whether your exercise programming and nutritional programming is working for you or against you.

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