In the first part of this article we talked about some of the very real reasons why you can’t seem to lose weight. I now want to reveal to you the top 3 reasons why you may be struggling with losing the weight and what you can do to change that, starting today.
3. FOOD ALLERGIES
Gas, bloating, fatigue, arthritis, eczema, weight gain, depression, anxiety— these are just a few of the many signs and symptoms that you may experience when food allergies and/or sensitivities are present. Food allergies and sensitivities are becoming increasingly more and more common among our increasing exposure to a variety of industrial pollutants, pesticides and chemicals. The quality of our air, food and water is no longer as clean as it once was.
60% of North Americans suffer from some sort of adverse reaction to food. Each person reacts differently to food according to a variety of factors including: their immune system, toxic load, genetics, diet and so much more.
It is this total of toxicity (our toxic load) accumulated before the body begins to malfunction and produce uncomfortable symptoms, signifying to us that we are continuously exposing our bodies to an unwanted substance. Each person has their own threshold to their toxic load. Two individuals could consume the exact same substance, but have totally different reactions depending on their level of toxicity.
It’s unfortunate that sometimes the chemical reactions that your body creates as an attempt to eliminate a food allergen from your body, may also make you eat more of that particular allergenic food. The result? Weight gain.
Food allergies can create not only physical symptoms such as bloating and skin irritations but they can also lead to psychological symptoms including depression and anxiety. This too can further your inability to lose weight, by making you more likely to reach for sugary foods or to uplift your mood and calm your mind.
Some of the most common allergenic foods are milk, wheat, eggs, peanuts, soy, shellfish and corn. The quickest and easiest way to find out if you have a food allergy and what they/it is to do a simple blood test.
As a Holistic Nutritionist & Women’s Health Coach I see many clients coming in complaining about digestive distress, weight gain and even headaches and often with the use of this type of testing we are able to get to the underlying root cause of the issue, if not, at least wean out possibilities.
For more on food allergy testing and how you can do this find details here.
2. INSULIN RESISTANCE
When we eat food our body, in particular our digestive system, breaks down food into glucose, a type of sugar that is the primary form of energy. Glucose (sugar) then gets transported through the bloodstream and is delivered to cells throughout the body. Insulin, a hormone released by pancreas, is secreted in response to rising glucose levels to help the sugar move into the cell, thus providing the body with energy.
In the case of insulin resistance, the body’s cells no longer respond to insulin and glucose can’t enter the cell and offer you that burst of energy. The pancreas reacts to this by producing even more insulin but since the cells have shut their doors to glucose, it can’t be used.
Most people with insulin resistance have both higher insulin and glucose levels. Each time they go to eat, their body produces more of both with little or no effect on the cells.
It has been thought by many experts that insulin resistance is essentially in part caused by a diet high in simple carbohydrates— cookies, donuts, candy, white rice, bagels, etc. These simple carbohydrates or simple sugars cause major highs and lows of blood sugar levels and quickly exhaust and burn out insulin response.
This results in the body converting the excess blood sugar into fat, which is then stored, particularly in our butt and belly.
What are some of the key signs of insulin resistance? You may experience: inability to focus, brain fog, sleepiness after meals, irritability, weight gain, especially in butt and belly, fluid retention, belly boating and fatigue.
Keep away or limit these simple carbohydrates like cookies, pastries, bagels, white rice, candy– in essence most “white” foods. Instead replace these non-nutritious foods with lots of fresh vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes and grains such as quinoa, brown rice and millet.
So we know that hormones play a critical role in our bodies, but did you know that they can change the way you think, determine your weight and play an important role in determining if you will be happy or sad? Most people don’t make this connection between their hormones and how they feel, how they look and what they think.
When in balance and made in the proper amounts, your hormones can make you feel healthy, youthful and energized. But when things get out of whack, a number of health problems can occur, with weight gain at the top of the list. Hormone imbalance is one the most common health problems for women that keeps them from looking and feeling their best.
The main sex and steroid hormones including estrogen, progesterone and testosterone play a major influential role in weight gain. Each plays individual roles in determining your metabolism, how much fat you store and even food cravings.
When these hormones in particular become disturbed and unbalanced, packing on the pounds becomes a familiar habit to the body.
An easy tell-tale sign that you are experiencing weight gain as a result of hormone imbalance is: you exercise like crazy and eat all the right foods, in the right proportion and right time and you still can’t lose weight.
If you’re experiencing the following: low energy, constipation, difficulty handling stress, sugar cravings, afternoon slumps, bloated belly, puffy face and depression, these are potential signs of hormone imbalance.
In order to help put your hormones back into check you want to focus on eating organic whole foods as much as possible. If Mother Nature made, you’ve got the green light to eat it. Avoid or limit packaged, processed and chemical-laden foods that put stress on your hormones and your body.
Support your liver to assist in its detoxification process of hormones by feeding it nourishing foods and herbs such as broccoli, spinach, dandelion, parsley, alfalfa, grapefruit, lemons and limes.
Limit substances like caffeine, soda pop and alcohol, which wreak havoc on hormone health. Replace these items with natural spring/filtered water and herbal teas including chamomile, peppermint and ginger root.
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