Help! I Can’t Lose Weight!
There’s actually a term for the inability to lose weight. It’s called Weight Loss Resistance (WLR).
You know you have Weight Loss Resistance when your caloric intake is below 1400 calories, you’re working out hard and nothing is happening or even worse you gain a few pounds. It’s when the ‘calories in and calories out’ rule doesn’t apply to you. It’s not because you’re lazy or have no will power. Most of my clients who come in to see me with WLR have a tremendous amount of willpower and discipline.
You may have experienced a doctor giving you that look of disbelief when you tell them that you’re only eating 1200-1400 calories and exercising like a banshee and not losing a pound! They kind of look at you like, ‘yeah right and you’re forgetting to tell me about the cake, cookies, and chips that you must be eating late at night.’ It’s devastating and demeaning!
There are real hidden reasons why you can’t lose weight. When these reasons are identified and addressed, the weight starts to disappear.
Hidden Causes of Weight Loss Resistance
– Lack of Sleep (less than 7-8 hours)
– Low-Fat Diets
– Chronic stress (physical and/or emotional)
– Impaired Detoxification
– Inadequate Thyroid Hormones
– Dysbiosis (overgrowth of gut yeast and bad bacteria)
– Over Exercise
– Food Intolerances
– PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome)
– Inadequate Bile production
– Neurotransmitter imbalance
– Genetics (yes they play a role but they do not have to be our destiny)
If you have a combination of three or more of the above, you may be running into a wall trying to lose weight and feeling very frustrated. It’s important to identify which of the above contributes to your WLR and then implement the appropriate protocols listed below.
Protocols for Weight Loss Resistance
Minimum 7 hours of sleep: Seek help if getting and/or staying asleep is difficult- it is so very important!
Yoga: Sometimes a gentle, restorative yoga is what you need.
Slow Down/Meditate: At least 4 times a week (10 minutes a day).
Test for Adrenal Dysfunction
Exercise less–YES you read this correctly! Especially less cardio (incorporate interval training through yoga).
Bentonite Clay: To pull toxins and excess hormones out (1/2 tsp to 1 cup water) every day for 30 days.
Milk Thistle: 300-500 mg/day-liver support = detoxification
Add Soluble fiber: To pull toxins out (psylium husk, chia seeds, arabinogalactans found in Xymogen’s medical food shakes).
Have Your Hormones tested:
– Thyroid including Free T4, Free T3, and reverse T3
– Sex hormones (DHEA, Estradiol and Estrone, progesterone, testosterone)
– Insulin levels affects hunger
Use myfitnesspal.com: To track your dietary percentage of Fats 40-50%, Pro 25-30 %, Carbs 20-25%. Monitor all sugars, including fruit. Keep sugar intake between 20-30 mg/day. Consume a minimum of 1200-1400 calories for women, depending on height and bone structure and activity level. Women over 5 foot 6 inches will require more calories.
Lower insulin levels: By eating more good fats and fewer carbs and definitely no gluten. Use the botanical Berberine, 300-500 mg with meals to reduce insulin levels and insulin resistance. Studies have shown that Berberine is just as effective in controlling blood sugar levels as Metformin.
Repair your digestive system: Crowd the bad bugs out with probiotics and nutraceuticals that kill yeast overgrowth.
Let me help you to prioritize where you need focus to start losing those stubborn pounds! Scheduling a free 15-minute consult with me at www.alivingbalance.net
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Functional Medicine Nutritionist
A Living Balance