Frustrated with dieting and seem to be stuck at a weight plateau you can’t get past?
The sad reality is, if you’ve been on repeated diets, you’ve likely done a very good job of teaching your body how to store and hold on to fat.
The body is a survival machine. It doesn’t take dieting “starvation” lightly. To the body, dieting and starvation are one and the same thing, so it reacts by setting up its own barriers and defenses, working very hard to make fat loss nearly impossible.
The body only cares about one thing – getting the nutrients required to keep it healthy and strong.
That’s its job. Therefore, when cells are being starved it registers as a threat which in turn activates certain genes in such a way as to defend stored body fat.
It seems cells are able to activate their own defenses capable of creating a body that is a “fat storing machine” (the exact opposite of what you want) rather than a body that “burns fat.”
In the end, your body actually becomes better at storing fat when you starve it.
This frustrating but common problem is called “weight loss resistance” because you are working against your body and resisting what the body is trying to do.
So far only one defensive cell mechanism has been found – however, there are many more undiscovered ones built into our body’s cells that make going on a diet a very ineffective way to lose body fat for the long run.
Eventually this battle becomes a war and it’s not long before you discover this is one battle you can never win, at least long-term.
It’s a shame that the same old and tired formula for weight loss “calories consumed minus calories burned determine if weight is lost or gained” still gets most of the attention from “weight loss gurus.” Truth is, this formula does not solve the issue of weight loss resistance.
The real solution to counter a weight-loss resistant body is not about another diet or cutting calories or even adopting more exercise to try and burn more calories than you consume.
It’s all about the hormones. Your body becomes “resistant to weight loss” when you send it the wrong messages and it is the body’s hormones, not calories that are the main players in that show.
If you are eating 1200 calories daily but they are the wrong types of foods such as sugars and grains, you are messing with your fat storing and fat burning hormone levels. Cortisol and insulin (two major hormones) begin sending signals to your body to turn on the switch to “store fat” regardless of the amount of calories you’ve consumed. That’s what causes your weight-loss resistance.
Bottom line is this:
You cannot starve away excess body fat because your cells go into “warrior mode” when you do.
The key permanent weight-loss is to get deliberate with your eating and diet in such a way that the body gets everything it needs in order to create a high level of health. Your body needs to go from a low energy state to a high energy state – only then will the weight begin to come off. This is how you re-balance your fat burning/fat storing hormones and keep excess weight off. Not by starving yourself.
Burning off fat and keeping weight off is about creating an environment of abundance while at the same time creating an environment where being strong and lean would be a survival advantage as well.
This means more of everything, more healthy food, more proper exercise (challenging muscle building and maintaining), more strength, more fitness, greater fat burning and more energy and vitality.
This is the exact opposite to the “weight loss resistant body” where less is the norm – less food, less physical activity, less strength, less fitness, less energy and vitality and less fat loss.
The reality is, you don’t get fat from eating too much but from eating the wrong types of fats and carbohydrates. Becoming and staying overweight is actually a symptom of eating an improper diet that is not natural to our chemistry and biology – one that relies on chemically laden, overly processed foods.
Although there are numerous causes that lead to a weight loss resistant body, regardless of the initial or on-going reason, the solution to combat this condition always begins with the nourishment of the body and its cells and tissues so that hormones are balanced and metabolic healing can occur.
Once your fat burning/fat storing hormones are re-balanced, the natural side effect of this is that your excess fat begins to melt away. This makes it easier to maintain your ideal body weight without effort or struggle.
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Don’t feel bad that you are where you are right now. With the right information, you can lose excess weight/fat and keep it off…without messing with your hormones.
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