Struggling With Weight Loss Resistance? Here’s What You Should Know!Lisanne Wellness Center
Have you ever tried to lose weight and gotten stuck after a few days or weeks at the same weight? No matter how much you work out at the gym or how carefully you monitor your food intake, the scale just won’t seem to budge. This is called a weight-loss plateau, and it can be extremely frustrating. A weight-loss plateau happens to everyone who tries seriously to lose weight, but that doesn’t mean they’re expected. In the early days of a diet or new exercise routine, you’ll lose weight somewhat quickly. This is because most of the initial fat loss is from the water. Once your body starts burning off muscle, your metabolism slows down, and with it, your weight loss.
While some factors that contribute to weight-loss plateaus are normal and easy to overcome, others are more complex and require your attention to remedy. For instance, certain hormones increase the strength of a weight-loss plateau, potentially holding your weight stagnant indefinitely.
Which hormones contribute to weight-loss plateaus?
Insulin: Insulin is naturally produced in your pancreas. It determines how your body uses the glucose in your blood. When your body stops responding properly to insulin, you can become insulin resistant, which leads to weight gain and diabetes. To avoid insulin resistance, keep blood sugar levels in a healthy range by cutting back on simple carbohydrates from white rice, bread, and added sugars.
Leptin: Leptin, commonly referred to as “the weight loss hormone” is responsible for your feelings of hunger and satiety. It tells the brain when you need to eat and when you should stop. When you develop leptin resistance, you feel hungry all the time, leading to weight gain and a difficulty losing weight.
Estrogen: Having higher than typical estrogen levels can cause you to retain weight in your mid-section. It can also lead to high blood pressure, ovarian cysts, and endometriosis. It also makes it difficult to lose weight, as your hormone imbalance is always working against you.
Thyroid Hormone: Your thyroid produces thyroid hormones, which control most of your body’s functions. When your body produces too little thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism), you can easily gain weight.
Cortisol: Cortisol is the stress hormone. When you experience chronic stress, your body can produce excessive amounts of cortisol, which effectively stops weight loss (and other bodily functions). Cortisol infusions put your body into “fight or flight” mode, pausing all non-essential functions. For this reason, stress management is an important component of any weight loss plan.
How to Optimize Hormone Balance: Having a hormonal imbalance might be frustrating. There’s not much you can do about hormone imbalance, right? Wrong. There’s actually quite a bit you can do to get your hormones back in balance and working for you.
Make Nutritional Changes: Remove processed foods, trans fats, and sugar from your diet. These foods can increase inflammation and throw your hormones completely out of balance, after enough time without these toxins, your hormones will balance naturally. Also, aim to cut back on stimulants like caffeine and alcohol, which can lead to hormone imbalance.
Focus on Burning Fat: When you’re trying to lose weight, it’s important to focus on burning fat, not muscle, since muscle actually improves your metabolism and helps with weight loss. With right fat burning exercises and right fat-burning foods like healthy fats, herbs, and spices you can achieve this. To promote fat loss, try our Activ Fat Burner Kit, which helps through changes in nutrition, diet, and exercise.
Detox: Detoxing helps rid your body of toxins and excess fat. Take our 28 Day Cleanse plan or try our Vitagenis Detox Kit. You can also detox by eating organic produce, drinking plenty of water throughout the day, and avoiding environmental toxins found in chemical cleaners and many cosmetic and beauty products. At Lisanne Wellness Center we offer you a wide range of detox programs both short term and long term to suit your needs. Take a consult with our functional medicine expert to find out the best detox program for you based on your individual needs and begin your successful weight loss journey.
For more tips on busting through a weight-loss plateau, contact Lisanne Wellness Center at 713-461-WELL.