I remember a patient lamenting one day about her ongoing
struggles with weight. She suddenly blurted out, “It’s not fair!!!” She couldn’t
understand why she was “doing all the right things” to lose weight, yet seeing no
It’s easy to judge ourselves harshly for having ‘poor self-discipline’ or not being
able to get it ‘right.’ Note the common message here: “Something is wrong with ME
that I can’t do this!” Of course, the societal pressure on women to be thin and
youthful doesn’t help. Many of the reasons you gain weight — or can’t lose it —
change throughout your life. What worked in your 20s or early 30s probably won’t
help you lose weight now, nor will increasing your diet and exercise.
The truth is weight loss cannot be boiled down to discipline! There are
so many other reasons for weight gain and failure to shed it. Once you understand
which are most relevant for YOU, you’ll be on a more effective path toward weight
What’s preventing YOUR weight loss?
1. YOU may be ready to lose weight, but is your BODY?
Women gain weight more easily when our system is out of balance — especially
weight gain during perimenopause and menopause when the testosterone/estrogen
ratio increases. Although
testosterone prevents fat gain in men, it can have the opposite effect in women.
Lower estrogen in menopause also impairs insulin sensitivity, giving us the likelihood
of belly fat.
What’s more, low thyroid promotes stubborn weight gain, while high cortisol levels
due to adrenal imbalances increase cravings for unhealthy foods and cause fat to
deposit at your middle. PMS can also cause carbohydrate cravings in many women.
All of these hormonal effects or a combination of them may keep you from losing
weight — despite your efforts to diet and exercise. Try taking our
weight loss profile to see if your body needs to recover from an imbalance
for you to lose weight.
2. Are you eating less but not losing weight?
Does “eat less and move more” sound familiar? While the equation may be accurate,
it’s an oversimplification. The amount of energy we burn depends on our metabolic
rate, which varies widely and is influenced by several factors, including thyroid
and physical activity.
Unfortunately for many dieters, eating less can actually lead to weight gain! When
you severely cut calories, your body doesn’t know if you’re starving or on a crash
diet. It simply senses danger and lowers your basal metabolic rate (BMR) to protect
against weight loss — one reason you often gain weight upon return to your ‘normal’
Just as you can slow down your metabolism, you can also boost it. Avoiding crash
dieting, eat a diet high in fiber but low in refined carbohydrates and saturated
fats, and use herbs to support a healthy metabolism and prevent fat storage can
all make a big difference.
3. Are you eating food that makes you hungry?
Even if you watch what you eat, you may be surprised at how certain types of foods
can increase cravings, encourage fat gain or actually keep you from feeling full
even when you’ve eaten a good meal. Take a closer look at what’s in your food —
and what it could be doing to your weight.
What's in your food
What it’s doing to your weight
‘Satiety’ peptides are released during eating, which suppress appetite.
Whether we’re full or want to keep eating can be controlled by
which foods we select. Protein has the strongest impact on satiety; fat has the
More fiber generally means less weight gain, because of its effects on fullness
Glycemic index (GI) reflects to what degree a food raises our blood
High-GI foods (like sweets and refined carbs) can make appetite soar
by inducing spikes in blood sugar and insulin, and promoting insulin resistance,
which encourages fat gain.
High-fructose corn syrup
Unlike glucose, fructose cannot induce satiety. The result? We keep eating.
They may have zero calories, but are linked to weight gain.
High-fat, high-sugar foods release chemicals that make us crave
Our body’s natural brakes on appetite can also be drowned out with exposure to these
foods, especially for women.
The truth about losing weight and keeping it off
The biggest truth when it comes to losing weight is that we are all unique. Almost
every time I talk with a woman who is frustrated about trying to lose weight again
and again, I get frustrated too! Instead of real answers, all the books, magazines
and TV doctors continue their focus on the latest celebrity diet or “good vs. bad”
food without really taking into account how a woman’s body works.
Losing weight and keeping it off really is possible once you take care of any hidden
issues such as your hormonal imbalance or slow metabolism. You may even be experiencing
a combination of imbalances. The best way to reveal an imbalance you didn’t know
you had is to take our quick Weight Loss
Now is the time to let your judgments go about yourself. With the right information,
you can reach your weight loss goals to look and feel great.
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