How To Burn Fat, Heal Your Metabolism, and Live Longer

Excess belly fat, or visceral fat around the organs, is the number-one cause of aging. It drives inflammation, increases the risk of blood clots, changes your hormones and brain chemistry, and more. It’s a recipe for disaster in the body. Not only does belly fat surround the organs, but it’s an organ of its own that can produce dangerous inflammatory cytokines that may lead to a cytokine storm.

Today on The Doctor’s Farmacy, I sit down with Dr. William Li to talk about the top foods that can fight harmful fat, improve metabolism, and strengthen our body’s natural defense systems.

We kick off this episode by talking about the top misconceptions people have about fat and metabolism. For instance, conventional wisdom says that some people are “doomed to get fat” because they were born with a genetically slow metabolism, so nothing can be done about it.

Another popular belief is that as you reach middle age, your metabolism slows down, making it hard to lose weight. It turns out that every human is born with the exact same metabolism, and it’s hardwired to operate in only four patterns over the course of your life. It is not a slow metabolism that causes you to gain body fat; rather, it is your body fat that slows your metabolism.

We talk about the different types of fat and the purpose they serve for our bodies. When we activate brown fat, for example, we speed up our metabolic processes, and there are certain bioactives in foods that can nudge this pathway in the right direction. This means you can control your metabolism by shedding fat. Not only can weight loss help restore a slowed metabolism, you can also fire up your metabolism by activating brown fat.

We also discuss the misconception that you don’t need to worry about excess fat unless you are overweight. Medical research tells us that slim people can grow dangerous amounts of fat packed inside their bodies.

Dr. Li also introduces us to his “MediterAsian” way of eating, which draws inspiration from Mediterranean and Asian cuisines. Not only are the food traditions of these regions rightfully celebrated as delicious and healthy, but they also incorporate ingredients that activate our body’s metabolism and help fight body fat. Foods that feed and heal your metabolism can help you beat obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and a host of other chronic illnesses while simultaneously strengthening your health defenses. The present state of your metabolism is not your fate. You can optimize your metabolism by activating and burning body fat as the means to get to your next level of health.

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