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Unwanted Weight? Let It Go!
“Why can’t I lose the last few pounds?” and “Why am I having such a problem with weight loss?” These are frequent comments heard from people who are overweight. Many of these same people start a healthy eating regime and go all out with exercise, yet they aren’t seeing the results they expected.

Most people that are fat want to lose weight fast hoping to be able to quickly shed pounds and burn fat. They want to see results now! Here are a few reasons why this is not happening.

Hormonal imbalance – Hormones control nearly every aspect of all known weight loss solutions. They control metabolism, where body fat is stored, appetite, and even cravings! What this means is most weight loss efforts will be sabotaged by any type of hormonal imbalance, regardless of diet and exercise routines.

Hormone imbalance is a common problem in today’s world. We are exposed to many more toxins and chemicals that disrupt hormone metabolism and function than ever before. Continuous stressors, various food intolerances, and excess hormone consumption (from non-organic meat and dairy), plus genetically modified crops contribute to the problem more than ever before.

Different people respond to imbalances and stress in various ways. Even so, up to 85% of those people will find that we’re struggling with weight loss, or we remain overweight despite maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regime.

Hormone imbalance symptoms may include fatigue, sluggishness, or weight issues. When struggling with any of these symptoms, consider consulting with a trusted healthcare practitioner who can suggest an effective strategy to correct the problem.

Toxic overload – Huge amounts of refined carbohydrates along with chemically enhanced and processed foods are consumed on a daily basis. As a result, bodies are simply “clogged up.”

Additionally, many are drinking and eating out of plastic containers far too often. Plus there is toxic exposure due to the common use of products laden with potentially harmful chemicals (everything from cleaning products to make-up).

Dieting too much or too often – It seems like there’s a new diet on the market every day. Fad and extreme diets, as well as yo-yo dieting, will often ruin metabolism and ultimately cause weight gain, fatigue, and even ruin digestion. By now, everyone should have heard that good digestion is the key to good health!

It’s a good thing to change dietary habits and make a positive lifestyle change. Start by cutting out junk food and eating more whole foods. On the other hand, it’s not so good to cut out entire food groups that that are important for the body to survive!

Relying too much on so-called “health foods” – Use caution here as “health foods” may not be all that they seem. The glut of protein bars, muesli bars, granola, etc. that are for sale today are often highly-processed. Plus, while claiming to be low in fat, they’re potentially very high in sugar. This also applies to many products that claim to be fat free or “diet.” All too often the fat is supplemented with sugar.

Many people are eating a lot of these “health foods” that they really shouldn’t eat. The labels that advertising companies use have buzz words like “sugar free,” “all-natural,” and even “organic.” But beware, just because something has a catchy label doesn’t mean that it’s good to put in our bodies.

Not getting enough restorative sleep – This should be fairly obvious. With not enough restful sleep it’s unreasonable to expect a body to function correctly?

Not getting sufficient sleep can affect energy levels, mood, and of course, the body’s delicate hormone balance. A good night’s sleep can chemically re-balance the brain and hunger hormones, allowing them to carry the message to burn fat as opposed to storing it.

Last words – Weight loss can be very challenging, especially if the goal is to lose weight fast. However, grasping that fact, along with all of the many biological, environmental, and psychological factors behind weight gain and weight loss can help.

* Medical Disclaimer: This blog article is for informational purposes only. The information discussed here does not take the place of treatment from a licensed physician or healthcare professional. The author expressly disclaims responsibility from any adverse effects arising from the application of any information contained in this blog. All information is anecdotal – based solely on the opinions, observations, experiences and interpretation of data available to the author.