Today we are focusing on weight loss resistance. This occurs when you feel you have a good diet and exercise regularly, but you still cannot lose weight. There are three different areas to focus on: the insulin “dilema,” the impact of stress (or sympathetic dominance), and cellular toxicity. It’s important to get to your ideal weight. We all should have an ideal weight. You need to establish a good mind set, which is “how do I get to the best version of myself, and then get to my ideal weight.”
What is Insulin? (02:45)
Insulin is your fat storage hormone. When we eat, food is converted to glucose. When there is an abundance of glucose in the body we develop high blood sugar levels. The body releases insulin, which grabs onto the sugar and stores the excess sugar into fat cells. The “Hidden Insulin Delema occurs when you are only processing sugar and never allowing fat to burn. This also occurs when you are constantly snacking or having sugary items before bed. If you are having sugar in general before bed this can lead to having more sugar absorbed by insulin. Even if you are constantly providing good healthy foods, all of this is being burned as glucose, and none of the stored up fat is being burned.
The X-Factor of Health: Stress (07:24)
Stress is the x-factor for all things health. No matter what you are dealing with, stress will be something to consider. When focusing on weight loss, stress affects you by the sympathetic dominance. Your nervous system has two different systems that operate for you: sympathetic nervous system (operates and functions on a daily basis) the opposite of that is your parasympathetic nervous system (your rest and digest nervous system). These are completely opposite systems, and you can use one at a time. When you don’t give your body a chance to rest, your body starts using cortisol (the fight or flight hormone) which is toxic if you use it all the time. If your body is constantly producing cortisol, it will send messages to the liver to keep releasing sugar. If your body is constantly producing cortisol you may have Adrenal dysfunction.
If you have excessive soreness days after workouts, low energy during the day, but energized at night, or waking up in the middle of the night craving sugar, then your resistance to losing weight may be stress related. You may need to stop all muscle breakdown activities and stick to walking, yoga, or biking. You can use ashwagandha, rhumania, mecanasia herbs to help offset this stress. Also try to find someone to help you resolve this process.
Cellular Toxicity (17:39)
If you imagine a cell, the outer walls of cells are the fat part. This wall has a lipid layer that can become toxic if enough bad fats pass through. When the body does not understand what kind of chemical is being put in the body, like from processed foods, it will be stored in fat cells. When you have cellular toxicity, one of the best ways to resolve this is by intermittent fasting.
Intermittent fasting is a great way to “clean the house” more so than a weight loss strategy. You need to have a strategy to kill off that toxic layer. I encourage my patients to do intermittent fasting for 12 hours to start. In the event you think you have adrenal dysfunction, make sure you talk with someone before you start fasting. It is important to talk to a practitioner because they can help you rehab your system with specific supplementation to help get your body back on track.
Don’t do the same thing over and over again. Diet and workout variation are critical. We are not designed to eat a certain way all the time, and intermittent fasting should be season