Have the fad diets failed? Are you feeling sabotaged by the conventional dietary wisdom? Have you been huffing it on the treadmill only to find your weight isn’t budging? Been there, done that. While we treat the extra pounds as though they themselves are the problem, the truth is, they’re simply a warning sign that something ELSE is wrong. When your weight goes up or down dramatically in a way that’s not normal for you, that’s not a sign that you don’t have willpower or that you’re not trying hard enough; it’s a signal that something is off. It may very well mean that you’re eating too many snackey-cakes in front of the TV. However, it may also mean other things, such as:
- * Stress – this could be emotional/mental OR physical stress. It may be stress you’re not even aware of!
- * Hormonal imbalance – we live and die by hormone levels, and our health depends on their harmonious balance. If things get out of hand, that can trigger changes in metabolism, which can make the difference between storing or burning fat.
- * Exercising too much – it’s hard to believe, but quantity does not equal quality! Results are not linear; i.e. the more you exercise, the more you hang onto your weight!
- * Not exercising correctly – the type of exercise can make or break your progress. Chances are, you’re working A LOT harder than you have to!
- * Eating the wrong ratios – eating fat will not make you fat. However, too many sugars will!
- * Not eating often enough – going surprisingly briefly without a snack triggers our bodies to store–not use–fat.
- * Eating the wrong combinations of food – different types of nutrients require different pH levels in the digestive tract, and your digestive tract can only be at one pH level at a time. This means that one thing you ate is getting digested–while the rest isn’t.
- * Unknown food allergies and sensitivities – these can mess with your metabolism and create inflammation, which can lead to excess (or not enough) weight. Some people drop a lot of weight when they identify and eliminate problem foods.
- * Toxicity – our bodies may be overwhelmed with metabolic wastes and environmental toxins, which means we don’t break down and eliminate these substances correctly. The body stores the excess in the fat cells to protect the organs.
- * Malabsorption – proper metabolism depends on several cofactors (often vitamins and minerals), and when these cofactors are missing, metabolism gets inefficient, and intermediate products or by-products will end up in the fat cells.
- * Neurotransmitter or emotional issues – these directly affect the nervous system, which governs practically everything, including digestion and metabolism.
On the other end of the spectrum are the people who don’t weigh enough. These people may be suffering from the same types of imbalances; they just manifest them differently. This side of the coin is every bit as serious as the person piling on extra pounds. Too many pounds and we start to worry about inflammation, diabetes, and heart disease. Too little, and we start watching for wasting diseases, abnormal growths, anemia, and/or malnutrition. The point is, you want to be at a healthy weight.