Weight Gain

It’s safe to say that 9 out of 10 people want to lose weight.  Some people are just trying to lose those last 5 pounds, and others need to lose close to 100.  When it comes to weight loss, there are a multitude of different factors that come into play:  diet and malabsorption, toxins, adrenals, hormones, and thyroid.

Diet and Malabsorption:  Of course, diet is a factor, however, it’s not just about what food you are putting in your mouth, but how is your body assimilating that food.  Is it properly breaking down your fats, carbs, and proteins?  Or could there be a metabolic breakdown causing your body to store fats and waste protein?  If you don’t have the proper amount of enzymes and nutrients to properly breakdown your food and use it as fuel, it will be stored as fat.  If your gut is inflamed, your body will have a difficult time extracting the nutrients it needs, which further results in fat storage and muscle wasting. When it comes to diet, there is no one-size-fits-all plan.  Everyone’s body is biochemically different and, therefore, will work better on different foods.  You first need to understand your metabolism and what your body is doing with the food you eat, before you try to tweak it.  This is why calorie restriction doesn’t work for everyone, and when it does work, it is only temporarily.

 

Toxins:  Your fat cells help protect you by capturing toxins to keep them out of your blood stream.  The fat that is storing toxins isn’t going to budge until those toxins are removed.  This is why detoxification is key when it comes to weight loss.  If you want to lose weight, you need to detoxify your system from the built up toxins so that your fat cells can breakdown and be used as fuel.

 

Adrenals:  Your adrenal glands are responsible for regulating stress by releasing a hormone called cortisol.  While cortisol does serve an important role in the body, it also increases fat cells in the belly area.  When you are under a lot of stress, your adrenals continue to produce cortisol, making it difficult to lose that belly fat no matter how perfect your diet is.  Learning how to manage stress and calm the adrenals is key to weight loss.

 

Hormones:  Your hormones play a key role in how your body uses and stores fat.  High amounts of estrogen in both women and men will increase fat storage.  The same goes for low amounts of testosterone.  Finding the right balance with your hormones is key to maintain your ideal weight.

 

Thyroid:  Your thyroid regulates your metabolism and determines how fast your body burns calories.  A sluggish thyroid will result in a slow metabolism.  The thyroid gland is very sensitive and can easily be affected by heavy metals, such as mercury.  If you are malabsorbing as a result of an inflamed gut environment, you may not be getting the proper amount of nutrients that the thyroid needs function.  Your liver is responsible for the conversion of thyroid hormones, and if it is under distress due to a build up of toxins in your system, that necessary conversion won’t happen.  Because of all the things that affect this gland, it is no surprise that most people have a sluggish thyroid and a slow metabolism.

 

As you can see, weight loss is not as simple as following a specific diet or taking a few supplements.  You need to look at what’s working in your body and what’s not working.  Calorie restriction will only get you so far, but if you want permanent weight loss, you need to address your whole system.

 

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