Altering Your Mindset On Energy with The Metabolism Makeover

You may keep in mind Megan Hansen, previously Megan Kober, from her first weblog put up on The Skinny Confidential the place she shared ideas for revving up your metabolism.

Since then Megan has completely reworked her life, left an abusive relationship, written a e book, grown her enterprise and is right here to dive deep on metabolic well being, why energy aren’t king, and how one can begin to really feel higher & extra assured when making meals selections.

With out additional ado, let’s welcome Megan again to the weblog.


5 years in the past I received a visit to fly out to LA to get my hair finished by Justin Anderson with Lauryn. I do know. Loopy. It’s nonetheless one of many coolest issues to occur to me to this point. Whereas I used to be there, I advised Lauryn all about my small diet teaching enterprise that was simply beginning to acquire some traction (I imply, I in all probability had like 5 purchasers) whereas we cheers’d and bleached our hair platinum collectively. It was so enjoyable to have the ability to meet the one who pushed me to only begin creating content material and launch my enterprise years prior.

I had a blast that day and it was a welcome distraction from my full catastrophe of a life again house.

When you adopted me on Instagram again in 2018, what you noticed was a happy-go-lucky, enjoyable “vodka-loving” dietitian who preached “you’ll be able to drink alcohol AND drop a few pounds!” It appealed to a large viewers and folks liked that I used to be giving them permission to get tipsy on a Tuesday. I wasn’t getting tipsy although.

For me, it wasn’t two vodka sodas. It was 10. It was a method to – pun meant – black out my private life and what was occurring inside my marriage. I used to be a professional at compartmentalizing and was at all times capable of present up for my viewers – nobody knew what was occurring behind the scenes till one night time after I was on a stay name in my not-yet-born daughter’s nursery with a few of my purchasers and my ex-husband got here house in a (widespread) drunken rage. 

I don’t absolutely keep in mind what occurred that night time, because of my physique’s go-to dissociation response, however I do keep in mind three issues:

  1. It was horrifying. 
  2. I used to be humiliated. 
  3. I attempted masking it up, as standard. 

After the decision, a consumer reached out to me and requested me if I used to be protected, and I knew this was the primary time I wasn’t going to have the ability to cowl it. And as devastating as this was, it was additionally the primary time I spotted this didn’t should be my life. I used to be selecting it. 

In 2020, six months after my daughter was born, I used to be making sufficient cash in my enterprise to proceed paying the lease on the residence I shared with my ex-husband whereas renting a townhome for my daughter and I. As we speak, I’ve custody of my daughter and am protected. 

I’ve by no means advised this story, however I needed to inform it right here as a result of “simply beginning” that little enterprise carved a method out for my daughter and I, that I by no means, ever would created if I didn’t have the heart – or the push – to only begin. 

It’s been 4 years since I met Lauryn in LA, and since then I’ve labored with over 7,000 purchasers, have licensed over 40 dietitians in my weight reduction teaching technique, and this 12 months I wrote a book. I’ll be trustworthy, writing a e book wasn’t one thing I ever had the will to do, however with 80 million ladies in America attempting to drop a few pounds at any given time, I didn’t really feel I had a selection. Seven thousand ladies simply wasn’t sufficient. 

Energy in, energy out is doctrine within the weight reduction world as a result of it really works fantastically in a managed setting utilizing metabolically wholesome adults. However the issue right here is two-fold:

  1. Solely 12% of American adults are thought-about metabolically wholesome. 
  2. We stay in the actual world, not a laboratory setting. 

Weight reduction gurus have been screaming “calorie deficit” for many years, but we’ve seen a 30% enhance in weight problems previously 30 years. So, what offers? 

That is a particularly complicated matter and I don’t have all of the solutions, and I can let you know what I do know, however first let’s again as much as twelve years in the past after I was finding out to be a dietitian.

I used to be studying easy methods to assist individuals with meals and their weight, however there was nothing on this world I struggled with greater than meals and my weight. You see, what we had been studying in class was precisely what eating regimen tradition is educating you – 1200 calorie diets, 60-90 minutes of cardio a day, eat this, not that. What I used to be studying utterly distorted my very own relationship with meals and over the course of 5 years, I gained 25 kilos whereas destroying my physique with the binge-restrict cycle, hours on the health club, and each sort of eating regimen, cleanse, or detox identified to man. 

It wasn’t till after school after I actually dug into my very own analysis, and misplaced the 25 kilos I had gained, that it hit me – 

We’re not math equations. If something, we’re biology tasks and our metabolic well being is a much better predictor of our weight and the way we really feel on a regular basis than what number of energy we’re consuming. 

Once we take into consideration metabolism, the very first thing we take into consideration is weight. Sluggish metabolism? Weight acquire. Quick metabolism? Weight reduction. However our metabolism is solely how the physique makes use of energy to perform. Once we eat meals, that meals is damaged down into molecules that the physique makes use of to make power, after which that power is used to, primarily, preserve the physique doing what it’s alleged to do to maintain us alive. Once we eat extra energy than our physique is ready to use, they’re saved as fats. 

As a substitute of fascinated about metabolism as being “quick” or “sluggish” I like to consider it as being environment friendly or inefficient. Once we say that we have now a “sluggish metabolism” what we actually imply is our our bodies usually are not effectively using all of the energy we eat. This can be as a result of we’re overconsuming, however it might additionally imply that one thing isn’t fairly proper within the physique that’s inflicting it to underutilize energy. 

Once we say we have now a “quick metabolism” it typically implies that our physique is doing an A+ job using the energy we eat.

As a substitute of staying hyper targeted on energy, let’s be sure that our metabolisms are working as effectively as potential. Not solely is that this a more practical method, however your metabolic well being is a key participant in each your lifespan and healthspan. A “sluggish metabolism” isn’t solely an impediment to weight reduction, it might probably decide in the event you stay till your 60, 80, or 100. 

You don’t should learn a textbook on human metabolism to know it although. There are six key pillars that play a task in contributing to a wholesome metabolism and you’ve got direct management over all six of them:

  1. Blood sugar management
  2. Muscle
  3. Motion
  4. Good sleep
  5. Stress administration
  6. A wholesome intestine

I can’t get into all six at the moment, however in the event you had been my consumer, I can already let you know the place I’d have you ever begin as a result of it’s the identical with all purchasers – blood sugar management. So let’s talk about. 

Now don’t get me improper – meals high quality is extremely essential for metabolic well being. Consuming an abundance of vitamins by fruits, greens, and high-quality animal merchandise is vital. However after I begin working with somebody who’s consuming espresso and a banana for breakfast, a salad for lunch, and three tacos, rice, beans, chips, queso, and three margs for dinner, the primary place we have now to start out is blood sugar management earlier than we go wherever else. 

Controlling blood sugar has a downstream impact in your power ranges, interval well being, digestion, irritation ranges, sleep, cravings, hormone stability, and absolutely anything else you’ll be able to consider. 

The best way I educate blood sugar management is thru a useful acronym, PHFF – Protein, Wholesome Fats, and Fiber. You need to be sure you’re together with every of those vitamins at each meal to maintain blood sugar balanced. When your blood sugar is imbalanced, spiking up (like, after that espresso and banana breakfast) and crashing down, not solely does it trigger irregular power ranges however that crash impact may even set off your mind to ask for extra sugar to convey blood sugar ranges again up. That is the place cravings, “I simply want a snack,” and “gimme all of the carbs” emotions begin to are available in. SO it’s not that you may’t eat carbs – and even that banana – it’s simply that we need to embrace the protein, wholesome fats,  and fiber together with them. 

So within the case of that banana, which may seem like pairing it with a few onerous boiled eggs and collagen in your espresso for protein, a bit of peanut butter for fats, and a sprinkle of chia seeds for some fiber. Positive – it’s extra energy. But it surely’s additionally not going to place you on a blood sugar curler coaster all day and it’s going to give you sufficient meals so that you just’re not inhaling Mexican meals at 6 PM. 

Let’s breakdown some examples of PHFF: 

Protein: hen, beef, eggs, seafood, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, collagen, high-quality protein powder

Plant primarily based protein:  tofu, tempeh, nuts, seeds, beans, and lentils

Wholesome Fats: avocado, avocado oil, olives, nuts, nut butter, olive oil, butter, coconut milk, coconut, coconut oil, cheese

Fiber: greens, fruit, chia seeds, flax, acacia fiber, inulin, psyllium husk

Animal proteins are most well-liked protein sources as they comprise all 9 important amino acids (excluding collagen) and protein is the dominant macronutrient in these meals. Plant-based proteins dominant macronutrients are fat (within the case of nuts for instance) and carbohydrates (within the base of beans and lentils) so simply preserve that in thoughts in the event you eat your protein by plant sources. 

One of the best half about beginning to embrace protein, wholesome fats, and fiber at each meal is the way you’re going to really feel. It’s not unusual to magically drop that second cup of espresso and three:00 snack craving. You’ll additionally start to have a lot extra confidence in your self and your meals selections as a result of it received’t be primarily based on plugging numbers into an app or selecting the “proper” or “improper” meals. It’s so empowering to begin to perceive how your physique works and it permits YOU to take your energy again from meals and the eating regimen trade. 

This mindset shift is so essential, too, as a result of in the event you’re consuming to stability your blood sugar – aka in the event you’re consuming to really feel good – it’ll result in much more consistency than attempting to observe a algorithm you hate. And everyone knows consistency = outcomes. 

I’d love to satisfy you on Instagram the place you’ll find me most frequently @megan.the.dietitian and in the event you’re able to nerd out with simple to digest metabolism science, decide up my e book Metabolism Makeover and head to @themetabolismmakeover on IG the place we put out enjoyable, academic content material each single day. That account is run by one in all my great dietitians, Elle, so go say hello! 


Make sure to try The Metabolism Makeover and observe Megan here & here on IG for thus many fast ideas. 

x, The Skinny Confidential workforce.

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