The Calorie-in Calorie-out Model of Weight Loss is Outdated and Harmful
Apr 24, Hashimoto's 2 comments. Exercise x sessions of HIIT per week and stay active on days you don't exercise by walking at least 10, steps. June 23, at 2: Receipts have Bisphenol-A a known thyroid blocker that is absorbed through the skin whenever you touch one. This mix is determined by our genetic profile, our diets, what medications we have taken and our environment.
My Breaking Point…
It seems that no matter what they do they just can not get the weight off. There are many reasons for this and in this post I will explore 4 secrets to weight loss that new research has revealed. The old model of your metabolism and hormone levels, alone, being the reasons for success or failure of your weight problems is proving to be outdated.
In the old model, the primary reasons for difficulty with weight loss are: In addition, a lack of exercise and hormone related problems like not enough thyroid hormone or excess cortisol. I recently attended a seminar taught by Dr. This model involves causes of weight problems that are related to the immune system. Kharrazian, in the immune system model, there are 4 main reasons for stubborn weight gain. An important thing to understand is that your body is an ecosystem, or really, a lot of interconnected ecosystems.
And the digestive tract is one of the most complex and dynamic of them all. Each one of us has their own unique mix of bacteria and other organisms that live in our guts.
This mix is determined by our genetic profile, our diets, what medications we have taken and our environment. There are an estimated trillion different cells and over 1, different species of bacteria. New research has shown that the balance of these 2 bacterial species matters for whether or not you are able to lose weight. In obese and overweight people, there is more Firmicutes than Bacteriodetes. The balance between these 2 species of bacteria generates certain signals to specific genes in the intestines that produce more fat cells.
It is also interesting to note that, according to the research, Lactobacillus bacteria the most common species sold in over the counter probiotics actually increases body weight. Both dairy and non-dairy sources. What that means is that while probiotics may be beneficial for the ecosystem of your gut they are not that helpful in helping you shed the pounds.
Firmicutes really like junk food. To feed them and gain weight, eat like your average American. To starve them and lose weight, read on. The more important question is: It seems these little critters really like plants.
And the best way to increase their number is to increase the amount of plant based foods and fiber in your diet. Especially oligosaccharides found in Jerulsalem artichokes, and onions, leeks, garlic asparagus and jicama, etc.
And other plant based fibers that come from green leafy vegetables, green tea, etc. These get fermented in the colon by the good guys and help you to become a mean, lean weight loss machine! But, just so you know, this is not something you can change in 5 minutes or 5 days. It may take a few months to alter this environment.
In leaky gut, the intestines lose their ability to keep tiny particles of all sorts of stuff out of the bloodstream. It turns out that there may be a connection between a fatty liver and the breakdown of the gut barrier system.
In addition, zonulin, a protein that is used by the intestines to bind tight junctions, leaks into the blood stream when people have a breakdown of this barrier. It is also increased with obesity associated insulin resistance. Finally, the toxins that are produced by bacteria known as lipopolysaccharides have also been linked to obesity and the onset of diabetes. Autoimmune disease is a disease that is closely linked to inflammation. So is type 2 diabetes, so is eating a lousy diet and eating too much sugar, salt and fat.
What research is now showing us, is that obesity is also an inflammatory condition. It is becoming less clear which came first. One thing we now know is that adipose tissue fat tissue produces inflammation in the body all by itself.
So you have the creation of this destructive cycle of abnormal gut bacteria and leaky gut leading to a process insulin and leptin resistance which makes glucose not able to enter cells. These fat cells start the whole process all over again.
Leptin is one of the main hormones involved in hunger, metabolism and the control of how energy from carbs and fats get stored and used. The amount of leptin produced directly correlates with weight loss or weight gain.
Women have significantly higher circulating leptin than men. Leptin resistance is very similar to insulin resistance. With insulin resistance, long term elevated levels of insulin make your muscle and fat cells more resistance to the action of insulin.
Chronic elevated levels of leptin end up making you eat way too much. And abnormal gut bacteria and leaky gut feed this process as well pun intended ;. This whole process creates more fat tissue which causes more inflammation, and on and on it goes, snow balling and making it harder and harder to lose weight. So you can see, while this is kind of complicated, it is hugely important to do everything you can to reduce inflammation that is the root cause of everything that we have just examined.
Everything that is living in our world is made of proteins. With autoimmune disease the immune system confuses our own proteins with that of an invader like a virus or a food we are allergic to.
There are some proteins in our diet that can cause an immune response that can also lead to inflammation and add more insult to injury. These proteins are found in gluten, dairy and soy and in some other foods called cross reactors. You can learn more about them in this post. Do you experience the common symptoms of inflammation like brain fog inflammation of the brain , joint pain inflammation of the joints , thyroid nodules inflammation of the thyroid and weight gain body wide inflammation.
Click here to set up a time to chat. Intestinal permeability is associated with visceral adiposity in healthy women. Metabolic endotoxemia initiates obesity and insulin resistaence.
An undernourished, over exercised me fueled by coffee, gluten free bagels and the hopes and dreams of a flat stomach. I joined three different CrossFit gyms in total, went through more calorie counters than I can remember, and cried many tears over feeling out of control of my weight… because no matter how hard I tried, I would still gain unexplained weight with my thyroid problems. After years of avoiding the reality of it, I had come to the conclusion that everything I was doing to try and make myself lose weight was only making me sicker.
However, it was necessary to heal… to stop feeling tired… to stop feeling miserable… and to be okay with my body regardless of its size.
I finally began to look beyond the calories, the macros, and the commercials telling me that x food would make me skinny, and began using food to heal. My old diet consisted of fake butter, egg whites, too much sugar, and tons of processed carbs.
Today, I eat a diet of local vegetables, fruits in moderation, local, pastured meats, good quality fats and starches. I use the nutrients in real food like bone broth, greens, sardines, sauerkraut and even liver to give my body the real food nutrition that it needs to function properly. Our cells need proper nutrients to heal and for our bodies to thrive. I used to love the adrenaline rush that a cycle class gave me.
That was before I cut it out and realized how much better I felt without that adrenaline and cortisol spike on a regular basis. Tearing my body down with high intensity exercise was spiking my cortisol, which unbeknownst to me was throwing off the delicate balance of my hormones even further. A year ago, CrossFit would exhaust me to the point of wanting to pass out. The overly intense exercise was throwing off my thyroid even more. Today, I enjoy a routine of lots of walking, light weight lifting, and yoga.
Trying to lose weight is stressful mentally, emotionally, and physically. My constant attempts to lose weight were stressful in every sense of the word which was also just making me more exhausted, and throwing off my thyroid hormone even more. However, loving myself regardless of my size has been vital to my healing journey and has quickly taken priority over hating my body. With all of the stress that our bodies are always under, the last thing we need to to hate it.
So, I stopped trying to lose weight about a year ago. Judging by what society tells us about weight loss, you would think that I would have just gone completely off the deep end and would have blown up 5 dress sizes.