Why Can’t I Loose Weight? part 2

In “Why Can’t I Loose Weight? part 1” I discussed the 4 big questions that should be addressed if you are struggling to loose weight, focussing on the first 2.

1. Are you exercising enough or doing the proper types of exercise and intensity?

2. Are you following a good diet for overall health, that encourages a lean body?

3. Do you have any hormonal deficiencies or imbalances that could cause weight gain or inhibit weight loss?

4. Do you have any pending health issues that could cause weight gain?

Our focus was on the first 2 questions in part 1.

 

Today I will address the later 2:

3. Do you have any hormonal deficiencies or imbalances that could cause weight gain or inhibit weight loss?

4. Do you have any pending health issues that could cause weight gain?

 

There are several hormonal imbalances that can lead to difficulty loosing weight:

  • Suboptimal testosterone levels lower lean muscle mass, increase insulin resistance and raise body fat.
  • High or very low estrogen can cause increased body fat, and can even cause localized fat storage (the breast for example) in men and women.
  • High insulin causes fat storage and inhibits fat loss.
  • Low growth hormone causes increases in body fat.
  • High cortisol increased belly fat.
  • Low low thyroid hormones lead to weight gain.
  • Vitamin D deficiencies are associated with insulin resistance and increased body fat.

 

Hormone Correction

First, before you go diving into any regimen to correct a hormone imbalance, you should verify that you actually have one. You can do this with basic lab panels drawn and evaluated by your family physician, or preferably a physician that specializes in hormonal medicine.

Many hormone imbalances can be corrected with diet and exercise if they are mild, whereas a few will respond to supplements or even sunlight.

  • Intense exercise increases testosterone in men up to 200%.
  • Intense exercise increases growth hormone levels up to 800%.
  • Low carbohydrate diets lower insulin levels.
  • Sun exposure lowers cortisol levels, as do some forms of exercise.
  • Ingestion of meat increases growth hormone up to 400%.
  • Consumption of broccoli and related vegetables may lower estrogen.
  • Vitamin D levels are typically normalized with twenty minutes per day of lunch time sun exposure during the warm months of the year. During cool months levels may be supplemented.
  • Foods that are high in zinc like wild oysters increase testosterone.
  • Dimm can lower estrogen.
  • Amino acid supplements like glutamine can increase growth hormone levels by 400%.

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If Hormone levels are substantially abnormal then more drastic measures should be discussed with your physician.

 

There are several health issues that could cause weight gain or prevent weight loss:

  • Diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Several endocrine disorders (which lead to hormone imbalances)
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cancer
  • Fatty liver

Diabetes, metabolic syndrome, fatty liver and cardiovascular disease are improved and in some cases completely treatable with diet and exercise alone, though these disorders require more time to notice major improvements. All of these health problems need to be discussed with a physician and can require major medical care to cure.

In all cases where progress has not been noticed after substantial efforts with diet and exercise, an underlying problem is indicated and a physician should be consulted even if no other major symptoms are present. In some cases this can indicate a life threatening disease.

I have personally observed this effect in three of my clients over the years. I sent all three to a physician. All three had coronary artery blockages. Two of them had severe blockages in the artery known as the “Widow maker”, which typically causes a single massive heart attack leading to death. All three had bypass surgery within a day and went on to make full recoveries and achieve their weight loss goals.

 

 

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