How To Become A Fat Burning Woman


How To Become A Fat Burning Woman

Evolutionary women were built for childbearing. Unlike men, women have survival techniques that are unique to their bodies in order to prepare them for growing another human. While this is a beautiful miraculous trait, it comes with some conditions that specifically come into play when we are talking performance and body composition.

The human body is quite unique and knows how to maintain homeostasis. It knows what it needs. A woman’s body must have enough vital nutrients and the right structure to have a smooth pregnancy. Bigger hips and a tendency for fat storage are a few of these obvious traits. 

Once at the age of childbearing, a woman’s body will begin to make sure it has enough fat to feed a baby. DHA, a brain developing nutrient, is usually found in these fat stores, a technique the body uses to save enough of this nutrient for breastfeeding a newborn. This is extremely important for any baby, but can result in unwanted fat retention for women currently not trying to have kids.

Just because something is natural, doesn’t mean it’s optimal for everyone or everything at all times. Depending on your goals, the female metabolism “naturally” seems counterproductive to many of our goals and ideals when it comes to body composition. But there is a way to use this knowledge to your advantage and get your metabolism to work for you! You can achieve the goals you want in a healthy way, regardless of your hormonal and genetic predisposition.

Let’s circle back to DHA and fat storage. We talked about how crucial this is in a woman’s body during pregnancy. You get DHA from consumption of Omega-3 fatty acids. This is commonly found in foods like salmon, flax seeds, and chia. Since the body is already hardwired to store fat this is a very important time to focus on the quality of fats in the diet. Omega-3’s are not only key for brain and eye development-they also play a key role in the body’s inflammatory response.

If you consume a diet high in inflammatory fats you this will results in more fat storage. Get the right amount of fats by increasing Omega 3 consumption so you’re body knows it has enough to meet its needs. 

Next, balance your hormones.

  • Eat a clean and nutritious diet
  • Manage your stress levels with yoga, meditation etc.
  • Talk with your doctor about any hormonal imbalances you may have. Having too much estrogen circulating in your body  is just as bad as not enough, so get some tests done and work with your doctor to find a solution. A lot of the time hormonal imbalances stem from nutritional issues and chronic conditions like chronic inflammation and stress. 

Lastly, don’t be afraid of the heavy weights. Muscle development will help you shape up and lose fat. The more muscle you have, the more fuel your body will need to burn each day. (Crazy right?!) This will let your body handle carbs better, using them to fuel your muscle rather than to store them as fat. A body with more muscle is like a car with a bigger engine, it will burn more fuel! As you start lifting weights you’ll notice changes in body measurements as you swap out fat for muscle.

These tips not only shape your body into a fat burning machine, but they’re going to help with your performance level. Having the right body composition, muscle mass and good nutrition will improve your performance in the gym or in training 10x. Have fun designing the body of your dreams!  

Are you currently not exercising, but want a little guidance? We offer small group classes as well as personal training. Schedule a no sweat intro on our website! We would love to have you.

 

Movement is Medicine – Dr. Lindsey


We welcome Dr. Lindsey from Waconia Family Chiropractic as a guest on our blog.  She has been a member for some time now, and serves a lot of the community in her practice.  As Dr. Lindsay says, “Movement is medicine for the body!” Check out what she has to say:

Movement Is Medicine.

I was first introduced to Crusher Crossfit from a patient and friend. After months of raving about it to me, she convinced me to sign up for a bootcamp. I’ll admit, I was hesitant. I thought to myself, “there is no way I can do those movements that “those crossfit people do” what am I even thinking?!” However, once I bit the bullet and finally started, I’ve never looked back! Crusher Crossfit is a community of supportive people who all have some version of the same goal, which is to improve their life by moving.

As a Chiropractor, I work directly with the neuro-musculoskeletal system. Patients typically first come in to see me because they are unable to move due to pain. However, the body was giving them symptoms before the pain even began because pain is the one of the last symptoms we experience before our body says, “enough is enough.” My job is to find and remove “subluxations” or misalignments in the joints throughout the body. This is not limited to just the spine. When there are misalignments of joints, the body is unable to move as it’s designed. This lack of movement affects not only joints, but the surrounding muscles, tendons, nerves, and even organs. For example, if you have low back pain, that may not necessarily be where the root of the problem is stemming from so checking the pelvis, knees, and ankles are also important. Therefore, increasing motion in the joints through a Chiropractic adjustment, decreases pain, increases range of motion, and allows your body to function as it’s designed, which helps us heal and adapt to stress more quickly.

I am passionate about educating my patients on the importance of our health. It is very dependent on 3 factors: physical, environmental, and emotional stressors. Our bodies are designed to adapt to these stressors; however, we can only handle so much before we can’t adapt anymore and symptoms start to present. Symptoms may include fatigue, irritability, insomnia, digestive issues, lowered immune system as well as muscle and joint aches and pains.

I typically find in my practice that the less my patients move, the more pain they are in. The more pain they are in, the less they want to move. My first goal is to help people get out of pain though muscle work and adjustments. However, it is important to educate them on what they can be doing outside of my office to prevent their pains from returning.

My advice for you today is to START MOVING, because movement is medicine for the body. If you’ve ever thought about joining Crusher Crossfit, let this be your sign to check them out! They are able to help modify workouts not only based on your current level of fitness, but also if you have restrictions due to injury, there are ways you can still move and get a great workout while avoiding further injury.

 

In your health,

Dr. Lindsey Engmark, DC

Waconia Family Chiropractic

9384 Oak Avenue, Waconia

952-442-3220