24 Aug This Might Be Why You Can’t Lose Weight.
We’ve all developed our “fast track” methods for feeling a little thinner or fitting into those favorite pants, only to let out the proverbial sigh afterwards knowing we’ll be back at square one by morning. Improper dieting can become a vicious cycle that actually harms your body, and as a result makes it difficult to lose weight and/or keep the weight off. If you are mysteriously gaining weight, or still can’t lose those extra pounds despite extra workouts at the gym, it might be due to an underlying health issue.
Symptoms of inflammation include body pain, fatigue, gastrointestinal issues, weight gain and mood issues such as depression. Eating a lot of processed carbohydrates like bread and pasta, or indulging in sugary snacks and drinks will take your hunger hormones on a roller coaster ride; causing constant food cravings and hunger. Inflammation hinders your metabolism, gut health and hormones in a way that promotes fat storage, and prevents fat burning.
The World Health Organization (WHO) ranks chronic diseases as the greatest threat to human health. The prevalence of diseases associated with chronic inflammation is anticipated to increase persistently for the next 30 years in the United States. In 2000, nearly 125 million Americans were living with chronic conditions and 61 million (21%) had more than one. (1)
One of the most common causes of weight gain and weight loss resistance is hypothyroidism, or low thyroid activity. And the most common cause of this is Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that attacks and damages the thyroid gland. This is why many people do not lose weight even after they start taking thyroid medication. It’s important to address the underlying causes of Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism to improve your health and lose weight.
Stress is a huge reason for hormonal imbalance, because when we are stressed our cortisol levels go up. Basically, telling our body we are in alert mode. Living in a constant state of stress is not good for body, and can cause major inflammation, gut issues and lack of sleep, to name a few. In addition, both men and women have the estrogen hormone, that when under duress because of excess sugar, carbohydrates or alcohol, will spike your estrogen level. Both of these hormones, cortisol and estrogen, when out of balance will cause weight gain.
Sleeping is our body’s way of detoxing and repairing itself, so if you’re denying your body a good night’s sleep you are putting the brakes on your naturally healing mechanisms. A proper sleep routine is critical for hormone balance, weight loss, maintaining weight loss, and your overall health. When you get a quality sleep, your glucose and insulin levels don’t spike, and those hunger hormones stay at bay (so you’re less tempted to grab a donut in the break room). Insomnia and restless nights can be remedied by developing nighttime / sleep routine. For example, at a certain time each night, turn off your TV and devices, sit quietly and take a few deep breaths. Sip a cup of calming tea, read an actual book. Make your sleep a priority!
If you’ve been on every fad diet, or gone on and off the wagon of various eating programs, you metabolism may be fatigued and confused. Unfortunately, the diet industry has succeeded in convincing the masses that a “quick fix” style diet is healthy and low calorie, low fat is the way to go if you want to lose weight. Restricting food in this way communicates to the body that it is not getting food. Or, is in a famine state, thus lowers metabolism and increases fat storage hormones.
Many of our patients come to our wellness center with chronic health problems like thyroid dysfunction, diabetes, gastrointestinal problems, and autoimmune issues. And one of the most common complaints is about weight gain or the inability to lose unwanted pounds. By assessing your overall health and identifying underlying causes, we can help you create a lifestyle plan that will put you on a road to healing.
Through our wellness program, you will learn about the devastating effects of dysfunction within the body. Our program educates and mentors you through our education, people will learn the devastating effects of dysfunction within the body, and that proper function is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. Furthermore, you will learn how proper nutrition; supplementation, balanced chemistry, detox, and exercise can help decrease the negative stress on their bodies.
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Important Information: Dr. Rappe, D.C. is a certified functional medicine practitioner and is not a medical doctor. The information presented and/or supplements prescribed is not intended to take the place of your primary care physician’s advice and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Discuss our information with your own primary care physician to determine what is right for you. All information obtained in our office, from our website, social media pages, private member groups, health coaching services or other communications is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice from your primary care physician or treatment for specific medical conditions.