Metabolic Flexibility: What Is It + How Do We Get It? — #101

by | May 17, 2019 | ketoforwomen

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How do we move forward once we’ve been keto and want a little bit more freedom with our food choices and meal options? Find out what metabolic flexibility is all about and how we can get it.


Topics Discussed in this Episode:

  • What it means to be metabolically flexible
  • The benefits of metabolic flexibility
  • The difference between metabolically flexible people and metabolically inflexible people
  • How to become metabolically flexible
  • How to tell if you have metabolic flexibility
  • My journey towards metabolic flexibility

Key Takeaways:

  • One of the many reasons why we switched to a keto diet is to teach our bodies how to use fat as fuel. The production of ketones kicks off that process, and the longer you are in ketosis, the easier that gets for your body to do.
  • The cool thing about being metabolically flexible is that your body will switch between carbohydrate metabolism and fat metabolism based on what it needs. It will be able to use both sources of energy and do so with ease.
  • When you are metabolically flexible, you get to reap the benefits of a wider variety of foods.
  • Metabolic flexibility brings about an even deeper sense of food freedom, of intuitive eating, trusting your body, having the flexibility that you want and need in your diet, and realizing that perfection does not exist.
  • Metabolically inflexible people have fewer mitochondria and/or more dysfunctional mitochondria than those who are metabolically flexible. Thus, they burn less fat even on a high-fat ketogenic diet.
  • Those with insulin resistance, diabetes, and obesity are metabolically inflexible. There is a direct relationship between the amount of insulin in your blood and how metabolically flexible you are.
  • Metabolically flexible people burn glucose during exercise and burn fat when they’re at rest.

Action Steps:

  • Pay attention to your body and know when it’s the right time to venture out of ketosis and see what’s out there beyond keto.
  • Know your fasting insulin number and find out if you’re metabolically inflexible.
  • Keep working on your blood sugar handling before you move into the area of metabolic flexibility because that is going to be a requirement for this to actually work for you.
  • Become metabolically flexible:
  1. Become fat-adapted. Use keto to build up your ability to burn fat as fuel.
  2. Exercise. Include strength training and conditioning type workouts. The biggest reason that your body would need to burn sugar as fuel is in your workouts.
  3. Eat real food.
  4. Detoxify your food and your life.
  5. Reduce your alcohol intake.
  6. Get your circadian rhythm up and running to the best of your ability.
  7. Observe natural intermittent fasting.
  • Get rid of your diet mentality before you start working on your metabolic flexibility.



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Take care!


Shawn said:

“The coolest thing about this ‘beyond keto’ aspect is that you’re going to be metabolically flexible. You are going to be able to switch between burning carbohydrates and burning fat as fuel.”

“The [number] of you that actually have the ability to enjoy metabolic flexibility is pretty darn high, it’s probably higher than we think. The only way to know is to try it and see how it goes.”


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The advice and opinions in The Keto For Women show are intended for informational purposes only and should not be taken as medical care or advice. Please always consult your medical professional for your specific health concerns.

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