As January creeps by and 2014 truly sets in, many people will have already given up on that New Year’s Resolution diet! It is an unfortunate fact that dieting doesn’t work the same for everyone. If you’re struggling to reach your diet goals then it could be more than a seasonal lack of motivation holding you back. Unfortunately an incorrect thought process has been adopted by the masses that weight control is a simple matter of calories in versus calories used up. This is a dramatic over simplification of how our bodies work and you are unlikely to reach your desired weight if this is your primary approach.
If you’re doing all you can to keep your weight under control but are still not achieving results then consider the following six possibilities. If you feel like one of them applies to you then arrange a consultation with your doctor and you could soon be on your way to being in control of your health!
1) The gut is a very complicated portion of the body and the smallest of problems in this area can upset the digestive balance entirely. This can lead to a whole range of further problems. The gut is home to literally billions of various bacterium and studies have shown that this bacterium can be partially responsible for your weight maintenance. Further research is underway to fully understand how the gut extracts energy from food in relation to the bacteria’s ability to influence weight gain or loss.
2) Leptin is the scientific name given to the hormone that fat cells produce. When leptin is produced it tells the brain to begin using existing fat stores for energy. Sound simple? Sadly it’s not. Leptin resistance can take place which results in the body entering starvation mode and attempting to store more fat instead. Eating a diet that is high in sugar and processed foods is likely to lead to leptin resistance. By consuming nutritious plant based foods and avoiding any products that could cause your blood sugar levels to spike, you can have more control over your leptin signalling.
3) It is essential that your thyroid be functioning correctly when properly managing your weight. The thyroid is typically the first thing that a health care professional will check for when you are trying to determine a medical reason for why you are not losing weight. If your thyroid hormones are at a normal level then this immediately rules out your thyroid as a cause. This is a very simple thing to check for and can be easily eradicated as a possibility.
4) Heightened levels of cortisol in your system can also be a reason for why your body is holding on to excess weight. Excessive levels of cortisol occur when the adrenal glands are not functioning properly. Stress is the primary reason why the adrenal gland function may go awry and making appropriate lifestyle changes can help to get this under control.
5) Similar to leptin resistance, insulin resistance can also have an adverse effect on weight management. This happens when your body is producing insulin but is not using it as it should. This problem is associated with type II diabetes, but can also take place in people who have not yet reached the full diabetic diagnosis. Insulin by nature is a fat storing hormone so when type II diabetes begins to develop, it can become near impossible to lose or even maintain your weight.
6) The presence of toxins in your body can have a surprising effect on weight loss efforts. Toxins contribute to several of the aforementioned issues and can exacerbate existing problems. For example, when toxins enter the body they are likely to attach themselves to fat cells which will cause the cells to over produce leptin.