The common idea is that being overweight mostly relates to the food you consume. While consuming healthy, unprocessed food is essential for good health, it’s not the only factor to consider when it comes to weight.
If you consume healthy amounts of unprocessed, fresh food, and exercise yet still can’t lose weight, then you can be assured there are some hidden clinical aspects you haven’t addressed yet. Here’s what you need to know.
Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas to help balance blood sugar and get glucose into your cells. The higher your insulin levels, the harder it is to lose body fat. If the insulin level is too high for too long, you end up with resistance to insulin.
Consistently high blood glucose levels along with insulin suppression lead to cells that are starved of glucose. One way to regulate this is to send hunger signals to the brain, which leads to overeating. The unused glucose is eventually stored as body fat.
Resolving insulin resistance needs a customized program, which involves the right diet for you, the right type of exercise to help you burn fat and specific nutrients like berberine, chromium, and magnesium.
Adrenals and Cortisol Production
Cortisol can mobilize triglycerides from storage and relocate them to visceral fat cells (around the belly). This is why a dysregulation of this hormone is commonly seen in people with excess abdominal fat.
A class of herbs called adaptogens help your body cope more effectively with the demands and stress of everyday life. Some of the most used adaptogens are: ashwagandha, rhodiola, holy basil, schisandra, shatavari, and eleuthero.
Sex Hormones Imbalances
Testosterone helps to build and maintain lean muscle mass. If you are deficient in testosterone, your body will break down muscle tissue and you will have trouble recovering from exercise and injury.
High levels of testosterone, DHEA and/or progesterone in women promote insulin resistance, which will increase fat storage, depress the mood and increase cravings. Elevated levels can also increase adrenaline levels. Adrenaline and insulin counter balance one another in the body, so if adrenaline levels remain elevated, insulin levels usually rise as well; over time, this leads to insulin resistance. In addition, excess estrogen may lead to extra adipose fat tissue around the chest and will promote fat storage.
As you can see, all hormones are interconnected and these are just a few examples of how imbalances in one or more of these hormones can generate a cascade of reactions in your body and also affect weight loss. An integrative and functional approach to hormone balancing hormones is often recommended.
An imbalance of thyroid hormones, specifically hypothyroidism or thyroid hormone conversion disorders, can make it difficult or impossible to lose weight. To determine if you have thyroid issues, ask your doctor to test TSH, Free T4, Free T3, and reverse T3 (RT3). Only by using an integrative approach will your doctor be able to correctly determine the state of your thyroid and prescribe the treatment that works best for you. Once you feel more stable in this regard, your body will have more necessary resources to fight overweight problems.
Leptin is an important hormone, which stimulates metabolism, reduces appetite and signals the body to burn fat. A majority of overweight individuals with a difficulty of losing weight have varying degrees of leptin resistance. This results in a leptin deficiency in the hypothalamus and so multiple mechanisms are activated to increase fat stores, as the body perceives this as a state of starvation. This causes ghrelin (the “hunger hormone” made by your stomach) to excessively activate and generate drastic metabolic confusion, even though there is excess food consumption
Decreasing the factors that cause leptin resistance and inflammation is essential, as is decreasing fat mass. You can start by making some dietary changes like: avoiding refined foods, sugars, fructose, GMOs, industrial vegetable oils, conventional, industrial dairy and meat. Other good tips include the following: don’t skip meals to keep your blood sugar balanced, get enough sleep, remove environmental toxins, spend time outdoors and choose high intensity and weight lifting exercises.
Having a healthy gut means more than simply being free of symptoms like bloating or heartburn! It is absolutely central to your health.
Too many of the wrong bacteria, like parasites and yeasts, or not enough of the good ones, like Lactobacillus or Bifidobacteria, can seriously damage your health.
To fix your digestive imbalances you need to eat whole unprocessed, organic foods, with plenty of fiber and healthy fats. If you think you have food sensitivities, try an elimination diet. Cut out gluten, dairy, corn, soy, yeast and eggs for a week or two and see how your gut feels and what happens to your other symptoms. Treat any infections or overgrowth of bugs, supplement with digestive enzymes and rebuild your friendly gut bacteria with probiotics. Use gut-healing nutrients such as glutamine and zinc to repair the lining in your gut so it can resume its normal function.
To set yourself up for success, find out which imbalances are stopping you from losing weight and get a personalized and efficient weight loss program!