The Not-So-Obvious Reasons Why You Can't Lose Weight - Part 3

Why does your body cling to excess fat when you are exercising and eating healthy?  

In my work as a health coach, I find that many people hit a plateau when it comes to weight loss. 

You've been working hard to do everything "right" for a few months, yet you are still not seeing the results you want. 

If you have been trying to lose weight but you can't get the scale to budge, this could be due to many different reasons. I covered 6 of these reasons in parts 1 and 2 earlier this month. 

Here are the last four things in this series to consider:  

7. You're medicated

In last week’s blog post, I explained how excessive hormones from outside sources such as animal products can contribute to weight gain. Hormonal regulation is an important aspect of overall well-being. In particular, the thyroid gland is a vital hormone gland that releases thyroid hormones into the bloodstream.  These hormones play a major role in how your body uses energy (metabolism). 

Too much thyroid activity can cause fatigue, rapid weight loss, heart palpatations, and vision loss.

Too little thyroid activity causes your body’s processes to slow down and leads to a range of  problems including constipation (see #8 below), thinning hair, mental fuzziness or brain fog, dry skin, fertility issues, high blood pressure, and obesity.

Certain medications, especially those containing lithium,  can actually inhibit the function of your thyroid gland and lead to weight gain.  It’s a vicious cycle because all medications come with a list of side effects, which means you will typically need a prescription to treat the symptoms of the original prescription.  Eating a whole food plant based diet, raw foods in particular, has been shown to reverse even the most morbid diseases such as cancer and autoimmune disorders.  A proper diet and the (supervised ) use of herbs addresses the root issue instead. Medication never provides a cure, and drugs can actually cause you to hold onto excess weight in the process. 


8. You're constipated

When the body does not eliminate waste, it is reabsorbed by the body.  This waste accumulates and leads to toxic buildup.  In turn, these toxins cause all sorts of digestive problems including leaky gut, under-active thyroid, and loss of the “full” sensation which leads to overeating and weight gain (see number 10 below).  

If you regularly have anything less than 4 bowel movements per week, you are constipated.  We really should be having one bowel movement for every meal.  In other words, what goes in should also be coming out. 

There is much revealed in analyzing the frequency and comfort of your bowel movements as well as the shape, color, size, consistency, and odor of what’s in the toilet.   Some causes for concern: stool that is thin, hard, painful, dark black or tarry , or extremely foul smelling. 

In addition to seeing a physician, remedies include increasing your fiber and water intake.


9. You're sedentary

In order to lose weight, you need to get moving! 

 Ok this one may be in the obvious category for some, but it still makes this list because you may not know why being sedentary contributes to weight loss. 

Aside from an analysis of calories in versus calories burned, your level of physical activity also affects the health of your lymphatic system.  This is the system that removes debris and waste.  It’s a drainage system. 

A poor lymphatic system leads to weight gain, migraines, inflammation, poor digestion, joint pain, and more. 

This is why it’s important to stimulate the lymph daily with brisk walks, massage, and dry brushing.  Don’t know what dry brushing is?  Definitely look that one up. It’s a simple technique that improves circulation and allows the skin to properly eliminate waste. 


10. You're supersizing

Most restaurants in the U.S. serve exaggerated quantities of food to their customers.  In fact, these food portions have doubled or tripled over the last 20 years, with a regular Coke going from 6oz in 1916 to 21 oz in 1996; burgers going from 2.8 oz in 1950 to 4.3 oz in 2004, and many menu items containing almost an entire day’s worth of calories in one single burrito or value meal.  These expectations in turn translate to what is done at home when preparing meals. 

Not only are portion sizes out of control, but many people do not realize the fat, calories, and other macronutrient content of certain “healthy” foods.  Nuts, seeds, and avocados, for example, should be eaten in moderation.  For those looking to lose weight, eating handfuls of trail mix or nuts is a big no-no and can cause you to quickly gain a LOT of additional pounds.

So there you have it, I've given you ten things to consider when trying to improve the results of your weight loss journey.  Hopefully you noticed the connection between all 10 of these points - one affects the other and produces similar sets of symptoms.  Western medicine tries to attribute disease to one particular source, but as you can tell from reading this series, a holistic perspective can address a whole slew of problems by getting to the root. 

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