Weight Loss

 

The “Skinny” on Weight Loss

Successful weight loss is more than just watching your calories. While it is true that you will not lose weight if you consume more calories than you burn, successful weight loss can be really complicated. Other factors that affect weight loss are as follows:

Metabolism: This is a chemical process that gives your body energy and sustains life. Once you take in food, your body breaks this food down and converts it into energy for everything from thinking to moving. The thyroid gland contains hormones that serve as a master controller for how successfully you burn your body’s fuel (food intake).

  • Low levels of thyroid hormones will decrease your metabolism and make it difficult to lose weight.
  • Imbalances in your thyroid hormones are typically found with routine blood tests from your physician.
  • Other vitamins and nutrients that affect your metabolism are Chromium, Zinc and Iodine.

Genetics: There is a certain percentage of the population that will experience easier or more difficult attempts in weight control based on genetics. This can range from your body type and weight distribution to body size.

Medications: Some medications are known to influence how your body controls weight. This may require more vitamins and nutrients than others.

Lifestyle: Your attitude towards eating and exercise can greatly affect weight management.

Stress and Weight Control

Cortisol (the stress hormone) is released from the adrenal gland when our bodies are under stress. Normal release of this hormone is essential for human body balance; however, extreme fluctuations in this hormone can affect your metabolism.

High cortisol levels block the production of your active thyroid hormone, and therefore decrease your metabolism. These high levels also decrease the levels of serotonin in the brain and can lead to food cravings. High levels of cortisol can also increase your blood sugar which can lead to increased insulin resistance and increased belly fat.

Low cortisol levels can result in a lack of energy. This can cause extreme fatigue and severely affect your ability to exercise. Low cortisol levels are often times due to over-stimulation of the adrenal glands from stress. This can result in the body no longer being able to produce cortisol.

A normal cortisol rhythm is high in the morning and low in the evening. Alterations in this curve can produce extreme fatigue, insomnia, low metabolism, depression, carbohydrate cravings, and increase the chances of diabetes, high blood pressure, and more. Click here to get a saliva test to evaluate your Cortisol levels and find out how your body is responding to stress.

Dysbiosis (Imbalance between Good and Bad Bacteria) and Weight Gain

Our bodies contain both good and bad bacteria. There are more bacteria in your GI tract than cells! Through diet, lifestyle and antibiotics, we can kill our good bacteria. Low levels of good bacteria can cause bad bacteria and yeast to overgrow in our stomachs and GI tracts. These low levels may result in a decrease in energy because the byproducts that these good bacteria give off contribute to as much as 10% of our total energy. Overgrowth of bad bacteria and yeast can lead to a variety of conditions, such as:

  • Chronic constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Eczema / psoriasis
  • Chronic yeast infections
  • Asthma

Overgrowth of yeast can also cause you to gain weight because yeast needs sugar to live. This may contribute to sugar and/or carbohydrate cravings. Evaluate your need for good bacteria replacement by clicking here.

Hyper-insulinemia (High Insulin Levels)

Insulin is the hormone that moves glucose out of the blood and into cells so they have the energy to function properly. Insulin is also a very inflammatory substance.

High levels of insulin will cause weight gain. Eating foods high in sugar or foods that contained refined sugar will increase insulin levels (in some cases dangerously) and make weight loss difficult.

Water and Weight Control

Water is essential for life and for weight loss. Almost 70% of our bodies are made up of water. The lack of water or dehydration, causes our cells to shrivel up and die. This results in fatigue and a slowing metabolism. Many times people are dehydrated and mistake dehydration for hunger.

Studies have shown that people who consume water regularly throughout the day consume fewer calories. Water is very filling; therefore, the more water you drink, the less hungry you will feel. This decreases the amount of calories you cosume during meals. On average, we should consume 1/2 of our body weight in ounces of water a day. A person weighing 160 pounds should drink 80 ounces of water per day (4 – 20 ounce bottles).

Sleep and Weight Control

In order to achieve sustained weight loss, adequate rest is required. Lack of sleep or poor quality sleep will result in fatigue and decreased energy. This will possibly hinder your ability to keep a consistent workout routine. Adults should get between 7 – 8 hours of sleep a night. Progesterone is known as “the calming hormone”. As your progesterone levels decrease, getting the recommended amount of sleep can be more challenging.The hormones leptin and ghrelin help to control our feelings of hunger and fullness. When your body does not get adequate rest, your leptin levels are significantly decreased and you may experience reduced satisfaction after eating. Likewise, your ghrelin levels increase and this can cause you to want more food. If you are not sleeping properly, evaluate the following:

  • Cortisol levels
  • Hormones – progesterone
  • Amino Acids
  • Melatonin

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