What is metabolic health?

What is Metabolic Health?

What we’ll cover:

  • An insight into what the term ‘Metabolic Health’ truly means
  • Why metabolic health is so important to our health & wellbeing
  • Tips on how to improve and optimise your own metabolic health


In today's fast-paced world, where our health often falls down our list of priorities amidst our busy lifestyles, the term 'metabolic health' is gaining attention. Unlike many other programmes, at Roczen, we want to support our members with more than just weight loss. By focusing on metabolic health, we can naturally unlock a range of other benefits, such as improved mental health, better cognitive function, improved fitness, and, of course, weight loss.

In this article, we begin to explore what we mean by the term 'metabolic health' and why we pay close attention to it at Roczen.

Understanding Metabolic Health

Imagine your body as a bustling city. Just as a city needs efficient transportation systems, waste management, and energy production to function smoothly, your body requires a similar balance to stay healthy. Metabolic health essentially refers to the state and efficiency of how these different processes are working within your body, including:

  • Blood sugar regulation -  Your body's ability to properly process glucose (blood sugar) from the foods you eat. Poor blood sugar regulation can lead to insulin resistance, diabetes, and other issues.
  • Cholesterol & lipid levels - Having healthy levels of cholesterol and other blood lipids (fats) like triglycerides. An imbalance in these measures is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular complications.
  • Blood pressure - Maintaining blood pressure within a normal, healthy range. High blood pressure damages arteries and organs over time.
  • Body composition - Having a healthy ratio of body fat to lean muscle mass. Too much fat increases disease risk, while lean muscle supports healthy metabolic function.

Unfortunately, a significant number of people fall short of achieving good metabolic health for various reasons, such as poor diet, lack of physical activity, stress, and genetics. This imbalance can lead to a series of health issues, including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Why is Metabolic Health Important

Metabolic health is like the foundation of a building. When the foundation is strong, the building can withstand storms and stresses. Similarly, good metabolic health provides resilience against illnesses, enhances energy levels, improves mood, and extends lifespan. It's the cornerstone of a vibrant, healthy life. 

Improving Metabolic Health

Improving your metabolic health doesn't necessarily mean drastic changes. Small, consistent steps can lead to significant improvements. Here are some practical tips:

  • Well-balanced diet: Choose from a variety of wholefood ingredients that are rich in nutrients. Aim to minimise intake of highly processed foods that contain high levels of sugar, trans fat and other additives.
  • Move more: Being physically active helps keep us physically fitter and healthier. Whilst planned exercise is great, the important thing is to focus on moving more throughout the day.
  • Sleep quality: Aim for 7-9 hours of good-quality sleep per night. Sleep is crucial for regulating metabolism and helping the body repair itself.
  • Stress management: High stress levels can negatively affect your metabolic health. Engage in stress-reducing activities like deep-breathing, yoga, or even taking a walk in nature..
  • Hydration: Drinking enough water is essential for your metabolism. Aim for about 8 glasses a day, but this can vary based on your activity level and environment.


Metabolic health is a crucial aspect of your overall well-being, influencing how your body performs vital functions. It's about more than just weight; it's about how your body manages essential processes that keep you healthy. By focusing on whole foods, staying active, getting enough sleep, managing stress, and staying hydrated, you can improve your metabolic health. This not only helps you feel better in the short term, but also sets the foundation for a healthier, more vibrant life. Remember, the journey to better health is a marathon, not a sprint. Start with small changes, and over time, these can lead to significant improvements in your metabolic health.

August 31, 2023
Written by
Robbie Green
Reviewed by
Dr. Laura Falvey

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