March 4, 2014

The Not So Commonly Known Ingredients to Weight Loss Success

A major advantage that I have received from writing a book with sound and proven medical solutions to relatively common health concerns is that I have had the chance of meeting many people around the world.  Many of the stories I’ve heard related to human health and empowering people to heal have given me a great deal of encouragement in my mission.  Whenever I hear feedback given from a patient or someone is read my book it is very rewarding.  There is a great deal of satisfaction knowing that people are willing to help restore their own health and to live better lives.  Though the vast majority of people will find great enthusiasm for improving their health, there are still many who will get stuck trying to lose weight or improve their bodies.

Many people try to stick to a series of recommendations religiously, never missing a workout, and trying to take supplements has recommended every day, but still something within themselves just won’t change.  Many feel tired, have “brain fogging”, or just anxious and depressed about their bodies.  These are all things that are regularly encountered, yet the frustration nearly always comes from those trying to lose weight. Stubborn weight is often a result of something deeper beneath the skin, where the body and the mind are on different wavelengths.

Listen Up, Slow Down and Let Go of Preconceptions

Nothing is Impossible if You Set Your Mind to ItStress is a natural process, and naturally the way we handle stress impacts our overall health and well-being.  The more that we can use our parasympathetic nervous system, the better off we will be according to recent studies.  There is a necessary period of time that is required to renew and repair our body systems, balancing and harmonizing them together.  If this system is engaged regularly our body will be under a state of stress which relates to the large-scale stress-related diseases we see today.  If we think about this type of relaxation and stress as similar to resistance people experience from drugs, we see that a person will reduce their susceptibility to disease by reducing her addiction to this state.

There are several key ways that stress impacts our bodies metabolism.  These have been well documented in studies and have significant clinical support.

Let us first understand how stress causes the creation of a barrier between ourselves and our weight loss.

  • It’s been well known for many years the digestive system will actually shut down and enter into a survival mode when under stress.  As a result there will be a shortage of necessary enzymes, acids that you produce naturally, and bacteria that are all essential for proper digestion and metabolic function.  If your body is not receiving nutrition and requires it will not be able to function correctly.  You may actually be hungry as a result of poor nutrition rather than a lack of calories.  When your body is digesting food, poor digestion can be cause of what’s known as gut permeability or inflammation, which causes a plethora of issues such as weight gain and autoimmune conditions such as bloating and cramps.
  • Your stress response causes an increase in the excretion of nutrients which are needed by our brain to signal our digestive system that we’ve eaten enough food.  Many people complain of binge eating sessions or cravings that they cannot control often are nutrient deficient, such as in essential fats or B vitamins.  You can certainly increase your success just by appropriate supplements or eating whole foods.  This is an important and effective way to reduce cravings and reducing stress!  Managing stress as well as watching the levels of nutrients you take such as: magnesium, chromium, zinc and calcium is important to control food cravings as well as antioxidants in your bloodstream.  B vitamins, as an example, stabilize the antioxidants in your body which stress tends to remove.  It’s true that stress has been linked to conditions such as hyperglycemia or osteoporosis – which are two conditions that heavily depend on the foods we eat.
  • There are many things that if increased such as triglycerides, sodium, or cholesterol will also increase hormones which produce a decrease in metabolic rate and lean muscle, such as thyroid hormones or the human growth.  These are also impacted by stress, which can lead to weight gain, and inflammation in our digestive systems.
  • Stress is not only a major problem to deal with, it can often be completely exterior to reality.  It is even possible that a person’s own disposition can cause it without external stimuli. One person in the same situation may not feel any stress, while another person may be greatly stressed inducing them to gain weight, increase appetite and damage their body’s nutrient balance.  You literally and figuratively can reduce your appetite and increase your metabolism just by having a more positive outlook on your daily life.  Just by controlling what you say to yourself in the mirror every morning, you will not only have a better chance of losing weight, you will have lower stress and lower levels of cortisol production, which is often linked to weight gain.

The next time that you begin to feel stressed just take a moment and think why you are feeling this way.  Next time you eat and have cravings, particularly for foods that are high in fat, ask yourself is this a result of external stress.  Is your heart rate elevated? Or perhaps you’re feeling guilty for your cravings, or about how you look.  These are negative drivers and should be removed.  Think positively about yourself and your future weight loss, and tell yourself that you can succeed.