Understanding Your Weight Problems
METABOLISM, BODY FAT REGULATION, & YOUR WEIGHT GAIN STRUGGLE:
A slow metabolism is recognized as the inefficiency of fat burn in your body resulting in fat preservation. This leads to gradual weight gain and increased body fat.
How much fat your body stores is regulated by a complex and powerful hormonal system. In normal circumstances, your hormonal system works at keeping your body fat mass within a reasonable range. In addition to regulating appetite and caloric intake, these hormones regulate how much fat you burn even when you are not doing anything (Basal Metabolic Rate). These major hormones include:
• Leptin: Produced in the fat tissues, it has two major roles: Suppressing appetite and speeding up metabolism. It promotes fat burn, facilitating weight loss.
• Thyroid Hormone: The master hormone produced by the thyroid gland, promoting fat burn and generating heat. Being the touchstone of metabolism, it is at the core of why thyroid patients often struggle with weight gain and have difficulties losing weight.
• Ghrelin: Predominantly produced by the stomach, it has two major roles: Stimulating appetite and increasing cravings. It slows down metabolism and fat burn, as opposed to Thyroid Hormone and Leptin.
Other important hormones that regulate appetite and metabolism include growth hormone, insulin, cortisol, and sex hormones such as estrogen, testosterone, etc…
MAJOR FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO A WEIGHT GAIN TREND :
• Hypothyroidism: Regardless of its severity, will cause slowing of metabolism, increased cravings, weight gain, and difficulties losing weight. Thyroid Hormone excess (hyperthyroidism) can also cause weight gain.
• Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): PCOS is a hormonal disorder that affects at least 5% of women in their reproductive years. This estrogen and testosterone imbalance is associated with insulin resistance, being overweight, and, metabolic syndrome. The Protein Boost Diet is ideal for reversing the metabolic and hormonal changes associated with PCOS.
• Growth Hormone Deficiency: It can result from a head injury, an immune attack on your pituitary, or pituitary damage. It causes weight gain, excessive belly fat buildup, metabolic syndrome, and even diabetes.
• Perimenopause and Menopause: The most common causes of estrogen deficiency, be it surgical or natural. Estrogen levels gradually decline throughout perimenopause and abruptly fall at menopause. Estrogen deficiency causes a shift of fat towards the abdominal area and a slowing of metabolism.
Food addiction, binge eating, and food cravings
Binge Eating Disorder or BED is a syndrome characterized by repeated occurrences of binge eating large food quantities and the feeling of loss of control over the behavior. There is a clear link between binge eating and obesity. BED typically begins in the teenage years or adulthood but there are a few cases of children developing the condition. Obese adults with Binge Eating Disorder typically complain about a lower quality of life in regards to work, sexual life, and self-esteem. Many adults with this disorder also suffer from anxiety, depression, and sometimes even substance abuse.
Many people have a hard time staying on a diet to lose weight. For those struggling with obesity, it can almost seem impossible to resist the urge to overeat in response to stress. Seeking certain foods as a reward or for pleasure may be what is causing such an urge to overeat.
Food addiction is similar to drug addiction in that the brain receives reward signals when a person eats, just as the brain receives reward signals when a drug is ingested. Drug addicts who quit drugs may be more susceptible to relapsing during a stressful situation. Stress can also make us crave fattening foods so food addicts experience similar challenges and remain vulnerable for a while. Even though stress can cause a relapse of out of control behavior, it can still be managed with awareness and discipline.
One thing to consider for challenging overeating is behavioral therapy. It seeks to change compulsive eating habits through the support of weekly group meetings with a specialist and individuals also struggling with overeating. This has helped many people control their eating impulses for effective weight loss.
Take the first step towards reducing food addiction behaviors. Instead of using food as a reward, train yourself to obtain pleasure from eating high fiber, high protein, low sugar items. A substantial lifestyle change must occur in order to enhance motivation for non-food related activities. Work on reducing overall stress levels while learning how to cope with stress that cannot be avoided. Practice relaxation techniques and empower your mind to seek healthy foods. Learning how to improve your overall mood is one of the keys to successful weight loss.
Sleep apnea, or collapse of the upper-airways during sleep, is a very common problem among Americans today. It can contribute to weight gain because eight hours of nightly undisturbed sleep is crucial for optimal metabolism. For effective weight loss, you need to address any sleep issue that could be affecting your metabolism.
Obstructive sleep apnea is most common in people who smoke, drink and are obese. Symptoms include difficulties waking up, daytime sleepiness, memory loss, headaches, and depression. In severe cases, obstructive sleep apnea can cause diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and sometimes even death while sleeping. This is why a sleep study is highly recommended in order to find out if sleep apnea is the root cause of current diseases or day to day sleep issues.
There are several common treatments for sleep apnea such as continuous positive airway pressure, oral appliances, behavior changes, and surgery.
You may be sensitive to certain foods that, when eaten, cause inflammation and a slowing of metabolism. Avoiding foods you are sensitive to can help with weight loss because your metabolic hormones cannot function properly when inflammation occurs. These foods may not be causing a physical response but are still negatively affecting your immune system. A food sensitivity test is the best way to find out what foods you should be avoiding to keep your immune system calm and your metabolism as fast as it can be.
Organic Pollutants and Environmental Toxins
A correlation exists between the development of obesity-related metabolic disorders and being exposed to organic pollutants such as dioxins, polychlorinates, biphenyls, and organochlorine pesticides. These chemicals accumulate in your fat tissues and liver. Pesticides are the primary reason you are exposed to these pollutants. They have the ability to induce metabolic and endocrine imbalances that eventually cause dysfunction throughout the body.
To optimize health and weight loss, try choosing organic foods over non-organic foods, when available. Non-organic foods tend to have been exposed to harmful pollutants so avoiding them will minimize the pollutant concentration in your body which will reduce the harmful impact on your hormones and metabolism. Moreover, be sure to always thoroughly wash your fruit and vegetables in order to maintain a healthy and pollutant free body.
As you may know, insulin resistance and obesity go hand in hand and are both strongly influenced by genes and the environment. Amazingly, gut bacteria also affect your weight and can contribute to the occurrence of obesity and metabolic syndrome. Research has shown that obese people’s gut bacteria composition is different those of lean people. The bacteria found in obese people seem to cause inflammation, a big contributor to insulin resistance and a difficulty losing weight.
Research shows that when obese people consume various species of Lactobacilli, insulin resistance decreased. Those who combined this probiotic regimen with physical activity experienced a significant decrease in subcutaneous (under the skin) abdominal fat.
Probiotics have been shown to have beneficial effects on the GI tract so it would be helpful to take a daily probiotic in order to stabilize gut microflora. Proper probiotic supplementation should be a part of your weight loss program because it balances gut bacterial flora and reduces inflammation, which promotes weight loss and improves insulin resistance.
We have always assumed that drinking more water or calorie-free beverages instead of juice, soda, or other high calorie drinks was a way to shed pounds, however this has never been scientifically proven until recently. Some research has found that simply substituting calorie-containing drinks with water or diet beverages resulted in a 2 to 2.5% reduction in body weight over a 6-month period, without any other lifestyle changes.
Research also shows that consistently drinking water throughout the day reduces appetite and gives you the sensation of being full.
Make sure you are getting the recommended daily water intake to optimize weight loss efforts: 3 liters (13 cups) for men, and 2.2 liters (9 cups).
Low Fiber Intake
It is scientifically proven that adults who consume adequate fiber have a reduced risk of being overweight or obese. Moreover, there is evidence that fiber has substantial fat loss benefits. Therefore consuming fiber-rich foods is an excellent and safe intervention in the management of weight problems in both adults and children.
• Soluble fiber, found mostly in fruits and vegetables, slows down gastric emptying and regulates other chemical pathways in your digestive tract so that you feel fuller longer.
• Insoluble fiber, found in high amounts in whole grains, has been shown to increase insulin sensitivity. Therefore, eating high fiber foods will help you metabolize sugars better, making your body less likely to store fat.
• Beans and legumes, such as lentils, contain high amounts of both types of fiber.
OTHER CONTRIBUTING FACTORS TO A WEIGHT GAIN TREND:
• Your genes
• Insulin resistance
• Late night eating
• Antioxidant deficiency
• Low testosterone in men
THE MAJOR CONSEQUENCES OF EXPERIENCING A WEIGHT GAIN TREND:
• Fat-burning hormones such as Leptin and Thyroid Hormone perform inefficiently, making your metabolism more sluggish
• Insulin resistance increases
• Appetite-regulating hormones and chemicals become imbalanced
• Inflammation and free-radical buildup, which contribute to further weight gain and a slower metabolism
Not only do these consequences happen as a result of a weight gain trend, but the consequences themselves perpetuate that weight gain trend. This vicious cycle is the reason why so many people struggle with losing weight.
HOW THE PROTEIN BOOST DIET ENERGIZES YOUR METABOLISM FOR SUCCESSFUL WEIGHT LOSS
When you are overweight or obese, your fat burning mechanisms don’t work as efficiently as they could. This is the consequence of body inflammation as well as hormone imbalance and inefficiency. The foods in the Protein Boost Diet will help metabolism boosting hormones leptin, thyroid hormone, and growth hormone work more efficiently which, in turn, will make your body more efficient at raising your Basal Metabolic Rate. The Protein Boost Diet activates fat burning mechanism through the consumption of the right foods at the right time. The provided protein combinations provide your body with the right amounts of all amino acids to efficiently burn calories. The foods recommended in the Protein Boost Diet also help reduce body inflammation while increasing insulin sensitivity.
Because the hypothalamus senses the heat generated by your metabolism, it knows how much body fat you have through leptin and thyroid hormone. The Protein Boost Diet has been meticulously designed to reduce body and hypothalamus inflammation, which is extremely crucial for food intake control.
PROPER SUPPLEMENTATION FOR OPTIMAL WEIGHT LOSS
Because weight and thyroid wellness are so interconnected, Dr. Arem also recommends a comprehensive and well-balanced mix of vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and other ingredients that have the ability to promote the removal of free radicals and decrease body inflammation. Indeed, body inflammation promotes slow metabolism and a difficulty losing weight. Taking a well balanced mix of these ingredients will make thyroid hormone and leptin work more efficiently to speed up your metabolism and burn more calories, even at rest. Many vitamin and antioxidant-based supplements are available but most are either unbalanced, unsafe, incomplete or some combination of the three. This is why Dr. Arem designed his own line of balanced, high quality, and safe supplements to help people easily get the right amounts and ratios of all necessary ingredients and micronutrients for optimal thyroid wellness and weight loss success. To learn more about Dr. Arem’s supplements, click here.