We focus so much on the number on the scale or the outward appearance that we completely forget to pay attention to what’s going on internally.
Someone might “look” healthy from appearance and observation but once you take a look inside, you might find a different story.
Only 1 in 8 Americans are metabolically healthy. To breakdown metabolic health, let’s first look at metabolism, which is defined as the chemical processes that occur within a living organism in order to maintain life. AKA how quickly you burn calories.
Most people want a fast metabolism because they think it will help them lose weight, but there’s so much more to it than that… Metabolic health is defined as the absence of a metabolic syndrome, so what does that mean?
Metabolic syndrome is when someone has too high or too low of three of the five factors:
- Blood Pressure
- Blood Sugar
- Waist Circumference
- High-density lipoprotein cholesterol
According to this study, in order to have what’s considered optimal metabolic health, you need a waist circumference below 102 cm (40 inches) for men and below 88 cm (34.6 inches) for women, blood sugar below 100 mg/dL, blood pressure below 120/80, triglycerides below 150 mg/dL, and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (also known as “good” cholesterol) greater than or equal to 40 mg/dL for men and 50 mg/dL for women.