Get off Your Weight-loss Resistant Merry-go-Round…

leptin resistranceIf your goal is to make permanent lasting changes, lose weight and keep it of then healthy hormones is the key.

Leptin is a master hormone secreted by adipose (fat) tissue that controls hunger and the feelings of satiety. The more overweight someone is, the higher the leptin levels are likely to be.

If you have tried and continually failed at dieting or health changes in the past, look to fixing your Leptin. If your leptin is not regulated you’ll never experience the lasting changes you are after.

Since Leptin is produced by fat cells, it seem logical that those with more fat cells (such as overweight individuals) would naturally produce more Leptin. More Leptin in turn would then tell the body to eat less and weight would normalize.

However, damaged metabolisms or endocrine issues that overweight people experience prevent this from happening. [Read more…]

Re-Balance Your Hormones for Permanent Weight Loss…

chfitness9There are two hormones that play primary roles in a weight loss resistant body and breaking through that weight-loss barrier you are experiencing is about re-balancing these hormones.

Insulin is the hormone that tells your body to use energy or to store it as fat and glucagon is the hormone that tells your body to release extra energy from storage fat.

When we eat foods loaded with easily digested sugars and starches (you know…all those processed foods), it floods our body with sugar all at once causing our body to release lots of insulin to try and clear it from the bloodstream. [Read more…]

Toxins are Making You Fat

detoxToxins, those terrible toxins. Truth is, they are terrible and they do terrible things to your body.

Circulating toxins in your blood is both dangerous and damaging to your body so your body attempts to rid itself of them.

Guess where they hide out? The only place there’s room…in your fat cells. Fat cells are your body’s storage tanks and the first place your body looks when it needs to dump damaging toxins. [Read more…]

Sleep…It Does a Diet Good

sleep1Without a doubt, the number one resolution every New Year centers on the goal of losing weight. Unfortunately nearly 90% of those who start a program of weight loss (even though their hearts are in it) will suffer defeat and in the end just give up. Some even experience weight gain. It’s no wonder, after putting heart and soul into their goals and experiencing weight gain that they just give up. Gaining weight when you are trying to lose is a definite motivation killer.

So, what’s going on? It seems no matter how hard you work at it you simply cannot lose the weight you want or achieve the body you dream about.  [Read more…]

Basics Rules for Conquering Weight Loss Resistance

weight resistanceHumans are rather comical. It’s hard for us to believe that achieving success with most things is done in the most simple ways…and this rule carries through to health and weight loss.

Most people who experience weight-loss resistance perceive food as their enemy. But that’s the very thing that is causing issues with their weight loss.

If you really want to get past the weight-loss plateau, you must learn how to make food your friend…you must get food on your side and working with you not against you. [Read more…]

Is Your Hunger Disguised or is it Real?

hungry3Hunger is a far more complex physiological state than we give it credit for.

We all recognize the familiar pangs of hunger when we have not eaten for an extended period of time. It presents itself as a low-grade discomfort in the stomach that is just strong enough for us to notice.

For most of us, the first irritating feelings of discomfort caused from hunger are easy to ignore, they can be put aside for a short while. But, eventually those feelings become more intense as the body tries to grab out attention. The brain sends signals for the release of acid in the stomach in preparation for the intake and digestion of food. This is what we feel as emptiness, or the uncomfortable feeling in our stomach. [Read more…]

Proper pH for Proper Weight Loss

acid-alkalinephdietMany people who struggle taking weight off do not understand how blood pH affects weight loss.

The important property of blood is its degree of acidity or alkalinity. This is referred to as the acid-base balance. Blood pH, or the acid base balance of your blood play an important role in weight loss. It regulates how your burn fat. If you upset your pH balance, weight loss can be very difficult if you achieve it at all.

Acidity and alkalinity are expressed on the pH scale which ranges from 0 which is strongly acidic to 14 which is strongly alkaline. A pH of 7.0 is neutral. Normal blood is slightly alkaline with a pH ranging from 7.35 to 7.45. [Read more…]

Late Night Snacking Does Effect Weight

night snackingAre you guilty of snacking heavily at night? You know…are you someone who after dinner continues to eat…sometimes taking in nearly half of your calories after dinner?

Understand that it may not be all your fault…after all, we as humans are sort of programmed that way. Originally we were conditioned to eat after sunset in order to have enough energy to get through the night and why many scientists and researchers believe that’s why many people’s hunger still peaks around 8 at night.

However most diets of today cause even more issues because daytime dieting causes people to give in and binge at night. [Read more…]

Cortisol, Stress and Weight

stress1Researchers have begun to link stress with weight gain and according to a survey by the American Psychological Association, nearly ¼ of Americans consider their stress levels at the level of 8 on a scale of 10.

Bottom line is…stress can and does shut down appetites. When we are stressed, the brain sends out messages to the adrenal glands to pump out the hormone epinephrine…known also as adrenaline. Epinephrine helps trigger the body’s important fight-or-flight response that temporarily puts eating on hold. [Read more…]

Balanced Hormones are Key Players in Weight Loss Resistance

Hormonal-BalanceBalance creates peace, harmony and stability in our lives and this same concept carries over to our health and diets. Science has discovered that there is a hidden “key” to losing excess weight and it has very little to do with calorie input or willpower.

Hormones are the key players here, governing nearly everything…stress levels, sexual activity and immune response.

When our biological systems are working in metabolic balance it is called “homeostasis”. When our weight is normal, our sleep patterns good, we’re exercising regularly, experiencing little to no stress in our lives, no depression nor chronic pain we are considered to be in a state of hormonal balance. [Read more…]