Agree or Disagree: Lose Weight to Get Healthy
Here’s my take.
Almost all of my clients come to me with one of their main complaints being “inability to lose weight”.
It’s natural to want a quick fix or easy weight loss, but simply focusing on weight loss without addressing the root causes of the weight gain won’t create good health long term.
You can also be slim and unhealthy.
My philosophy is that you get healthy and weight loss is a natural byproduct of attaining your best health.
Chronic stress is one of the biggest root causes of weight gain and the inability to lose weight.
𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐞’𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐜𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐜 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬.
Elevated cortisol (the stress response hormone) contributes to weight gain in the waist, which is an inflammatory, hormonal visceral fat.
Blood sugar fluctuations increase appetite and cravings.
Increased insulin adds to inflammation.
Thyroid stimulating hormone decreases and blocks the conversion of T4 to T3 and you can end up with a thyroid diagnosis.
Melatonin decreases and you end up with sleep disturbances. (Quality sleep is one of the simplest ways to jump start weight loss.)
Frontal lobe capacity decreases and you lose will power.
You lose muscle mass because cortisol breaks the body down for energy.
All of these variables make it extremely difficult to lose weight.
Someone may tell you “Just eat right and exercise”,
“Just take this pill”,
“Eat these low calorie, processed convenience foods so you don’t have to think about how you fuel your body”.
They are selling you on a philosophy that simply doesn’t work long term.
If you’re struggling with weight loss, perhaps it’s time to take a good hard look at your chronic stressors.
External stressors (job, parenting, family, the state of the world) and internal stressors (like gut dysfunction and infections, blood sugar dysfunction, hormone imbalance, toxicity, and food sensitivities) all contribute to inability to lose weight.
What’s your weight loss philosophy?
Do you agree or disagree with the initial statement?
Schedule a free initial consult to get started on your own weight loss journey.