Understanding and Getting Rid of Your Weight Gain Problem
Body Fat Regulation and Your Weight Gain Struggle
How much fat you have in your body is regulated by a complex and powerful hormonal system that makes sure that you don’t lose your energy stores for survival purposes and that you don’t store excessive amounts of fat. In normal circumstances, your hormonal system works at keeping your body fat mass pretty constant within a reasonable “normal” range. In addition to regulating your appetite and your caloric intake, these hormones regulate how much fat you will burn on a regular basis even when doing nothing (Basal Metabolic Rate).
The major hormones that regulate your metabolism are:
Leptin is a hormone produced by fat tissue that works on two levels: suppressing appetite and speeding up metabolism. It promotes fat burn in your body and therefore facilitates weight loss.
Thyroid hormone is the master hormone produced by the thyroid that promotes fat burn and generates heat.
Ghrelin is a hormone predominantly produced by the stomach which has two major effects: it stimulates appetite and increases cravings, and it slows down metabolism and fat burn. The effects of ghrelin are the opposite of the effects thyroid hormone and leptin.
Other important hormones that regulate appetite and metabolism are growth hormone, insulin, cortisol, and sex hormones such as estrogen, testosterone, etc.
What is a slow metabolism?
The inefficiency of fat burn in your body results in slow metabolism and preservation of fat instead of burning it. This will lead to gradual weight gain and increased body fat.
What perpetuates your weight gain trend and makes you have hard time losing weight?
Regardless of the trigger or triggers of your weight gain, you will end up having major changes in your body that can perpetuate your weight gain and make you have hard time losing weight.
• Your fat burn hormones such as leptin and thyroid hormone become inefficient at burning fat leading to sluggish metabolism
• You start having insulin resistance
• Hormones and chemicals that regulate your appetite become imbalanced and you are compelled to eat more
• Escalating inflammation and build-up of free radicals in your body contribute to further weight gain, slowing of metabolism and weight loss resistance
What also could be contributing to your weight gain trend?
• Stress-related eating
• Food addiction
• Food sensitivities
• Environmental toxins, pesticides, and others
• Insulin resistance
• Night eating, erratic eating
• Antioxidant deficiency
• Thyroid imbalance (i.e. hypothyroidism)
• Polycystic ovary syndrome
• Low testosterone in men
• Growth hormone deficiency
• Sleep problems
Food addiction, binge eating, and food cravings
There is a clear link between binge eating and obesity. Binge eating disorder or BED is a syndrome characterized by repeated occurrences of binge eating. It involves consumption of a large quantity of food and the feeling of loss of control over the behavior.
Binge eating disorder 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 complain of lower quality of life in regards to work, sexual life, and self-esteem. Many adults with this disorder also have anxiety disorders, depression, and some with substance abuse.
Many people have a hard time staying on a diet to lose weight. For those struggling with obesity, it can sometimes seem impossible to resist the urge to overeat, eat at the wrong times or eat in response to stress or simply to eat for pleasure even though the person is not hungry. Seeing food as a reward or seeking certain foods 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 overeats, just as the brain receives reward signals when a drug is ingested.
Stressful situations can also make us want to eat fattening foods. During stressful situations people turn to increasing the rewarding signal to the brain, through overeating. Drug addicts who quit using drugs may be more susceptible to relapsing during a stressful situation. This also happens to people who overcome the food addiction. Food addicts experience similar challenges and remain vulnerable. Stress can cause a relapse of out of control behavior, but it can be managed.
Take the first step towards reducing food addictive behaviors. Instead of using food as a reward, try another enjoyable activity or training yourself at getting pleasure from eating high fiber, high protein, low sugar items. There needs to be a substantial change in lifestyle to enhance motivation for non-food related activities. You need to reduce your stress level and learn how to deal with stress. Practice relaxation techniques and empower your mind to seek healthy, weight loss promoting foods and learn how to improve your mood and then weight loss success can be yours!
Over eating behavior can be modified through behavior change techniques that are taught during behavioral therapy or intervention. Behavioral intervention for weight loss seeks to change compulsive eating habits. Behavioral intervention includes meeting with groups and a specialist multiple times a month to learn how to better control your eating impulses for effective weight loss.
Behavioral self-therapy, is one of Dr. Arem’s favorite techniques for overcoming food addiction and stress-related eating along with natural weight loss supplements containing Relora, such as Body Slim Mediterranean.
To Lose Weight Efficiently, You Need to Address a Possible Hormonal Disorder:
For optimal weight loss, you need to address hormonal imbalances caused by a deficiency or excess of hormones. Hormones are chemicals produced by endocrine glands released in your bloodstream and dispensed throughout your body to regulate bodily functions and metabolism.
The 4 most common hormonal disorders causing weight problems are:
Hypothyroidism (low thyroid) regardless of its severity will cause slowing of metabolism, increased craving, weight gain and difficulty losing weight. Excess of thyroid hormone (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. The estrogen and testosterone imbalance is associated with insulin resistance, being overweight, and, metabolic syndrome. The Protein Boost Diet and other components of the program are ideal for you to reverse the metabolic and hormonal changes associated with PCOS.
Growth Hormone Deficiency
Growth hormone deficiency disorders can result from head injury, pituitary damage or an immune attack on your pituitary. Growth hormone deficiency causes weight gain and excessive belly fat, metabolic syndrome and even diabetes. If you have symptoms of growth hormone deficiency and you are overweight or have excessive abdominal fat, consider growth hormone deficiency.
Perimenopause and Menopause
The most common cause of estrogen deficiency is menopause, either surgical or natural menopause. Estrogen levels decline during perimenopause and then fall abruptly at menopause. Estrogen deficiency causes a shift of fat into the abdominal area and slowing of metabolism. Hormonal replacement therapy started soon in the menopausal period will help you optimize your weight loss goals when you follow the Protein Boost Diet. Bioidentical hormones are hormones that are identical to what your ovaries produce and delivered in a similar way. They come as creams, patches or sub-lingual tablets.
Sleep problems can make you overweight
Quality sleep is very important for having energy level, a healthy weight, and balanced hormone levels and efficiency. Sleep apnea, or collapse of the upper-airways during sleep, can contribute to weight gain. It is important to get eight hours of undisturbed sleep a night for optimal metabolism. Women who are menopausal develop sleep apnea more often. A sleep study can diagnose sleep apnea and the use of a CPAP machine can assist in sleeping through the night and not feeling tired and in losing weight.
Obstructive sleep apnea is most common in people who smoke, drink and are obese. Obstructive sleep apnea can result from an anatomical anomaly in the upper airway. Signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea consist of tiredness, sleepiness during daytime, memory loss, depression and headache. In severe cases, obstructive sleep apnea can cause diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and death while sleeping.
There are several common treatments for sleep apnea such as continuous positive airway pressure, oral appliances, behavior changes and surgery. For effective weight loss you need to address any sleep issue that could be affecting your metabolism.
Food sensitivities and Your Weight Problems
You may be sensitive to certain foods that, when eaten, cause a reaction (generally inflammation) that will affect your health and slow down your metabolism. Avoiding foods that you are sensitive to can assist in weight loss. When inflammation occurs, your metabolic hormones cannot function properly. Some foods may not be causing a physical response but are still affecting the immune system in a negative way. A food sensitivity test for identification of sensitivities and avoidance of the particular foods is the best way to inhibit any negative effects of what you eat on your metabolism.
Gut Bacteria and Your Weight Problems
As you may know, insulin resistance and obesity go hand in hand and both are strongly influenced by genes and the environment. Amazingly the gut bacteria can also affect your weight and can contribute to the occurrence of obesity and metabolic syndrome. Research has shown that obese people have a different bacteria composition in their gut than lean people. This bacteria seems to increase inflammation, which is a big player in insulin resistance and difficulty losing weight.
Research showed that when obese people consumed various species of Lactobaccili, their insulin resistance improved. Those who combined this probiotic regimen with physical activity experienced a significant decrease in their subcutaneous (under the skin) and abdominal fat mass.
Probiotics have been shown to have beneficial effects on the GI tract so it would be helpful to take a daily probiotic to stabilize the gut microbiota. Probiotic supplementation should be part of your weight loss program. It balances bacterial flora in the gut and reduces inflammation to assist in losing weight and improving insulin resistance. This is why Probiotic 7-7 is part of the supplementation program when you follow the Protein Boost Diet program.
What You Drink Matters
We have always assumed that drinking more water or calorie-free beverages instead of juice, soda, or other high calorie drinks was one way to shed pounds, but this theory has never been scientifically proven until now. Recent research found that by simply substituting calorie-containing drinks with water or diet beverages resulted in a 2-2.5% reduction in body weight over a 6-month period, without any other lifestyle changes required.
Research also demonstrates that by reaching for your water bottle can reduce your appetite and actually can give you the sensation of being full. Consuming the recommended amount of water daily can ultimately help you reduce your daily calorie intake and shed pounds!
Make sure you are getting your recommended water intake: 3 liters (13 cups) for men, and 2.2 liters (9 cups) for women daily to optimize your weight loss efforts.
Weight and health benefits of fiber
It is scientifically proven that adults who consume adequate fiber have a reduced risk of being overweight or obese. It is also proven that eating a high fiber diet such as the Protein Boost Diet is quite conducive to weight loss if you are overweight. There is evidence that fiber has 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.
Why fiber is so beneficial for a healthy weight:
• Soluble fiber, the type found mostly in fruits and vegetables, slows down gastric emptying and regulates other chemical pathways in your digestive tract, so 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 make you able to metabolize sugars better, and your body becomes less likely to store fat.
• Beans and legumes such as soy or lentils contain high amounts of both types of fiber. Find the most helpful tips to optimize fiber intake in the Protein Boost Diet.
Organic Pollutants and Environmental Toxins Can Make You Fat
Keep a wellness program, pay attention to the details that may derail your efforts. A correlation exists between the development of obesity-related metabolic disorders and exposure to organic pollutants such as dioxins, polychlorinates biphenyls and organochlorine pesticides. These chemicals accumulate in areas of fat tissue in your body as well as the liver. Pesticides are the primary culprit exposing you to these pollutants, and they have the ability to induce metabolic and endocrine imbalances. They eventually cause dysfunction throughout the body.
To optimize your health and your weight loss, try to stick to organic foods when available. Avoiding foods that have been exposed to harmful pollutants will minimize the concentration of pollutants in your body, and this will reduce the impact on your hormones and metabolism. Always wash your fruits and vegetables thoroughly in order to maintaining a healthy and pollutant free body.
How the Protein Boost Diet Energizes Your Metabolism and Makes You Burn More Fat to Lose Weight Successfully
When you are overweight or obese, your fat burn mechanisms don’t work as efficiently as possible. This is the consequence of inflammation in your body and hormone imbalance and inefficiency. The foods in the Protein Boost Diet will help the efficiency metabolism boosting hormones (leptin, thyroid hormone, and growth hormone) work more efficiently. The hormonal effects will make your body more efficient at raising your Basal Metabolic Rate. The Protein Boost Diet activates the mechanism of fat burn through the right foods eaten at the right time. The combination of proteins provides your body with the right amounts of all the amino acids that activate your calorie burn. The diet also helps you reduce inflammation in your body and improves insulin resistance.
The hypothalamus senses the heat generated by your metabolism and senses how much body fat you have through leptin and thyroid hormone. The Protein Boost Diet has been meticulously designed to reduce inflammation not only in your body but also in the hypothalamus and this is so crucial for control of the food intake.
The 4 pillars of supplementation for successful weight loss are:
1) A comprehensive well balanced mix of vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and other ingredients that have the ability to promote removal of free radicals and improve inflammation in the body. Inflammation is one of the issues that can promote slow metabolism and diffuclty losing weight. Taking a well balanced mix of these ingredients will make thyroid hormone and leptin work more efficiently in your body to speed up metabolism and burn more calories at rest. Several vitamin/anti-oxidant based supplements are available but be picky in selecting the right one. You may want to choose Thyrolife Optima or a product that has a similar composition to achieve the best results.
2) Probiotics to restore bacterial flora, reduce inflammation of the lining of the GI tract which will in turn reduce inflammation in the body and reduce stress related food cravings.
3) Omega 3 fatty acids (a combination of DHA/EPA in the right amounts and ratio such as Thyrolife Omega). Omega 3 fatty acids in the right amount help many steps of metabolism.
4) Natural weight loss supplement
For people who are looking for a natural weight loss supplement, it is important to select a supplement that does not cause adverse effects or health issues. A supplement that contains relora, raspberry ketones, and garcinia cambogia can help you overcome stress related cravings and achieving noticeable results on burning fat. There are a few supplements containing these ingredients available on the market and one of them is Body Slim Mediterranean, which include these ingredients combined.