You’ve been doing everything right. Eating pretty well, and you’re moving your body a few times a week, but you haven’t experienced any weight loss. Worse still, you may have even gained weight and your pants feel tighter! So you tweak your diet even more, and work harder at the gym, and that number still doesn’t go down. It’s been months and you’re nowhere near your reasonable goals. Does this sound familiar?
It’s been ingrained in you through magazines, television ads, and even school. Your health class with the food pyramid and fitness tests.
A healthy weight is achieved through moderate exercise and a healthy diet. What that diet looks like has changed as much as fashion has. Low fat, no fat, low carb, no carb, no sugar, vegan, gluten-free, paleo, keto, and the list goes on.
But what if you’ve changed your diet and are exercising moderately, or even heavily without much change? Or maybe there are changes, but they are happening so slowly. Even worse, what if you’re gaining weight, the opposite of your goal?
What if you think you’re doing everything right, but you’re just not losing weight, even after months of trying?
At the root of it is just math. Calories in and calories out. A deficit in calories means weight loss. Although exercise has incredible benefits for the whole body, it is not entirely necessary for managing weight, but it does make that deficit bigger and encourages loss sooner if that is the main goal.
For the weight loss math to work, your body already needs to be in great condition, which means that the chemistry is balanced, and this has to do with genetics. Generally speaking, these bodies tend to be in good physical condition purely based on their balanced chemistry.
That doesn’t mean you can’t lose weight, it just means that the way that you’ve learned about weight loss isn’t going to work with your body.
Our bodies are controlled by a number of hormones that regulate the systems inside of us. Women notice this the most every month as the hormones shift, causing changes like moodiness, water retention, pain, and fatigue. But women aren’t the only ones affected by hormonal changes. All men and women are affected by hormones and they can affect everything from stress, sleep, mood, and even metabolism and weight.
Issues losing belly fat, and difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep can be associated with high cortisol. So is massive sugar cravings. High cortisol is due to predominantly to stress, which is an epidemic in today’s society. Who isn’t stressed? Because of how cortisol affects other hormones, it can really mess with the balance of other hormones in your body.
If you feel like you’re struggling to get your weight under control, you’re not the only one. Many people come through our practice who are doing everything right according to science, but they’re still not seeing results.
Weight and hormone imbalance can become a vicious cycle. The more excess weight you carry, the more of an imbalance happens to your body chemistry as it fights to maintain the right levels. Finding that perfect balance for yourself so that your body doesn’t have to work extra hard is key.
We can help. It may be as simple as a few tweaks to your already healthy diet, or it may require more adjustments. Schedule an appointment with one of our Naturopathic doctors to tailor a plan to suit your individual needs to see real results.