Diet & Exercise But Still Can’t Lose Weight? 5 Possible Reasons
This is the battle cry for far too many people. As we near the end of our Holiday Challenge, I wanted to address anyone out there who has played by the rules yet failed to reap the fruits of their efforts. This blog exists to support healthy habits and help teach you how to navigate some of the tricky decisions and dilemmas that await us in today’s synthetic world. We tend to focus on diet, exercise and other more holistic practices but I would be doing you a disservice if we didn’t stop to address some of the metabolic issues that often get in the way of maintaining a lean body.
There are five major issues that can derail any attempt to lose weight: 1. Insulin resistance, 2. Adrenal stress, 3. Thyroid abnormalities, 4. Hormone imbalance, 5. Sleep.
Yes there are many other elements that can effect weight loss but these are the major categories. Check your status in each of these areas and you will advance your health while reducing your pant size. Let’s get started.
1. Insulin resistance
If your fasting blood sugar is above 84 then you are trending into the waters of insulin resistance and eventually toward full-blown diabetes. For every point above 84 on your fasting glucose test, you are 6% more likely to become diabetic. If your fasting glucose is 92 then (do the math) you are 48% more likely to become diabetic and your vessels are already incurring destruction by plaque formation.
Insulin resistance is a pre-diabetic state that means your body’s ability to remove sugar from the blood and place it in the cells is compromised, resulting in a higher insulin level. Insulin sends the signal to all cells to STORE FAT.
Lack of exercise, eating high glycemic foods like bread, rice, potato, pasta will drive glucose up rapidly and with it goes insulin. Many of us are in this category yet may be painfully unaware. The good news is that this is a reversible state and can be remedied by lifestyle and diet changes, along with a few simple nutritional adjuncts like magnesium and a mineral called chromium. Making your insulin receptors more responsive will reverse this trend and aid your efforts to lose weight.
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