By Dr. George Springer-Can’t seem to get those extra pounds to leave your waistline no matter how hard you work? - Confused about what diet is best for weight loss and optimum health? - Struggle with carb and sugar cravings?
Well, you may be surprised to hear: It’s not your fault!
Today’s weight loss programs are designed for the masses. Diet plans, diet books, and diet pills are a “one size fits all” approach to weight loss. The problem with this is that no two people have the same physical body and body chemistry.
People work differently and handle stress differently, exercise differently, if at all, eat differently and digest differently. And, each person has their own unique set of metabolic barriers to weight loss which can keep them from losing weight and/or keeping it off.
Identifying the BarriersIf you are someone who struggles to lose weight despite following a weight loss plan, you may want to consider what your personal barriers might be. These could be anything from hormone imbalances to thyroid issues, some of the most being:
Allergies- Whether it is food or environmental, allergies promote inflammation which can interfere with any weight loss efforts.
Cortisol- Studies have shown that chronically high levels of cortisol due to chronic stress can make some people fat or lead to obesity. Stress has also been shown to directly cause the build-up of belly fat. In addition, chronic stress increases levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin. By reducing stress and ghrelin, increased hunger and overeating can be avoided.
Inadequate sleep- Not getting adequate sleep can keep you from losing weight. Studies on sleep deprivation have shown that is can lead to metabolic and endocrine changes, including decreased insulin sensitivity, increased levels of hunger-promoting ghrelin, and decreased levels of hunger-reducing leptin. These metabolic and hormonal changes can lead to over-eating, weight gain and obesity.
Hormonal changes – Not only can hormonal changes make it difficult to lose weight, but can also cause weight gain. Many studies report that weight gain occurs because of changes that happen around menopause when women generally experience a slowing of their metabolism and struggle to lose weight.
Gut issues- If you are not digesting food optimally, it can be hard to balance the nutrients your body needs for proper metabolism.
Thyroid Issues- The thyroid gland is responsible for producing hormones that regulate metabolism. When the thyroid becomes underactive, it results in a condition called hypothyroidism or low thyroid, which in many people goes undetected. Weight gain is common and people with low thyroid have a hard time trying to lose weight.