It’s late December and you know what that means. Millions will once again make resolutions and attempt to lose weight. What weight loss mantra will you follow this year? Does this sound familiar to you? All you have to do in order to lose weight is create a calorie deficit-burn more through exercise and consume less from food. Sounds so simple doesn’t it. Did you know that science is now showing there is much more to weight loss than simply playing the calorie game? What else affects your weight loss? Lots! Take a look at the following which all impact your ability to lose weight and keep it off:
* Sleep patterns-scientific research now shows those who have trouble sleeping, especially those who only sleep 5 hours per night have more trouble losing weight than those who get sufficient sleep.
* High stress levels-the stress hormone cortisol is proven to cause weight in the mid section. Cortisol also causes the break down of muscle tissue which is exactly what you don’t want and leads to cravings and poor moods.
* Food intolerances-these cause inflammation in your system and cause poor digestive function leading to bloating, gas and more. Gluten is the number one culprit in this category.
* Toxicity-not being able to clear toxins from your system also impacts your metabolism and how well you will lose weight. Toxins lodge in fat cells and slow down your metabolism by as much as 30%. These toxins are considered endocrine disruptors which play havoc with weight loss including thyroid function.
* Hormone imbalances-this includes insulin which is a fat storage hormone as well as grhelin- a stomach emptying hormone which fiber suppresses, thyroid hormones and estrogen and progesterone levels. In short, weight loss becomes much more difficult with unbalanced hormones.
It’s been proven that if we take a group of people and they eat the same thing, they exercise the same way-some will lose weight, some will stay the same, and some will gain weight. So you see simply looking at calories is just one piece of the puzzle.
My approach to weight loss is to never count calories, points or weigh food. Teaching whole foods with high nutrient density, getting rid of processed foods and looking at metabolic disruptors which stall weight loss are some of the major factors I teach along with education on the most efficient ways to exercise and the importance of putting on lean muscle tissue.
The weight loss world is filled with gimmicks, so called quick fixes and downright lies. The Crossroads To Health approach is backed by science, personalized to you as an individual and works not only on weight loss but also on improving your overall health.
Make 2013 your year to lose weight and keep it off for good!