How a Bad Diet Affects Metabolism

How a Bad Diet Affects Metabolism

November 22, 2022 Off By Scarlett Watson

Our metabolism plays a significant role in our health. Getting the correct metabolism information is essential, and plenty of resources are available to help us understand how metabolism really works. First, it is essential to understand the metabolic process and how it affects the human body. Metabolism is the biochemical process that permits the sustainability of life. Metabolism converts the foods we consume to the energy we need for life-sustaining tasks. It’s that simple but highly complex.

In recent years, sweeping changes have changed our attitudes toward nutrition and what we consume daily.  This is primarily due to the Covid-19 experience and fueled by the emergence of technological advances in the health sciences field. From a consumer perspective, there are more organic-based food options at the grocery store, fast-casual food franchises, and a renewed focus on farmer’s markets. People are starting to understand that it is possible to add years to their lives and quality of life years. This is a great reason to focus on metabolism and how it affects the body.

The risks of an unhealthy lifestyle (and a bad diet) are easily accessible for people to incorporate into their diet. Processed foods, fast-food restaurants, saturated fats, and genetically modified foods are a few landmines in the collective food landscape. A diet containing these types of food can cause serious health issues. Problems like metabolic diseases, joint and skeletal issues, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, and obesity are just a few concerns caused by a bad diet. And it’s not just the foods we eat. Living a sedentary existence and not exercising enough is a health concern. As part of an overall bad diet, not exercising and not getting enough sleep can overwork your heart. Exercise not only melts stress away but helps protect against disease by reducing blood pressure, strengthening the heart, and maintaining a healthy weight. 

Think a bad diet is only defined as eating poorly and not moving? Think again. Stress is a huge factor when thinking about overall health and wellness and how this contributes to the metabolism. When under stress, the body reacts by releasing hormones. These hormones (epinephrine and cortisol) prepare the body to respond. 

There is another problem. Many people attempt to shock their metabolism into burning more fat with trending speed diets to achieve fast and easy results. This approach can be detrimental and can compound existing health issues. When we put ourselves on restrictive diets with calorie intakes that are too low (in a bid to lose weight more quickly), our bodies go into starvation mode. This means our body slows our metabolism to save energy. Although our body won’t go into this mode just because we eat a couple of restricted meals or skip a few, long-term restricted diets—especially where you are eating 1000 or fewer calories—can slow down our metabolism.

Fad diets generally lack the nutrients we need to be healthy. They usually ask you to avoid all fats and carbs, both of which are required for a healthy body. All fats are not bad; for instance, good fats found in avocados have omega 3. Omega-3 is a very important nutrient and also a part of cell membranes.

Metabolism is a large part of a person’s overall health and wellness outlook. It must be studied and considered when making goals and setting sights on new horizons. There are many ways to learn more and people to help. Seek them out and ask lots of questions. Avoid bad diet habits and stick with what the experts say. Seek professional advice before starting a regimented diet.