Hormone Imbalance / Food Intolerances
...they're not a myth
Do you train very hard a few times a week, stay pretty active and
eat the right foods but are still struggling to lose weight?
It is possible to eat well, train well, and still have a bloated body...
Quite often there can be additional imbalances or 'issues' within the body that will make it appear that no matter what you do, you never seem to be able to lose the bloated feeling.
These are not psychosomatic, despite what people may lead you to believe. It's very possible to have a hormone imbalance that will lead you to gaining or retaining weight, as much as losing weight. Think of your thyroid as the simplest example here.
DIGESTIVE ENZYMES; Do you have enough Lipase, Amalyse and Bromelain?
A very common reason that people fail to lose weight is also due to a poor digestive system! Unfortunately a lot of the foods we buy these days are full of preservatives, corn syrup and all sorts of weird and wonderful concoctions, that play havoc with the bacteria in our gut causing a lack of adequate nutrient absorption.
In order to improve the digestion and uptake of nutrients from our foods, you need to ensure you have enough of all 3 enzymes!
So, how to go about that? Easy, make sure you're eating pineapples, bananas and avocados regularly - those three natural, delicious beauties will sort you out!
Eat regular quantities of PINEAPPLE, AVOCADO AND BANANA
Every processed food, fizzy drink (diet ones especially!!) and low calorie / fake product is going to go and sit in your fat stores..why? Because your body will always try to look after you by storing unknown quantities away from vital organs.
PRESERVATIVES GO STRAIGHT TO YOUR FAT STORES - FACT!
Margarine or Butter..?
All of the advertising tells you to eat Flora, Bertolli, or Clover, for example - that they are healthier than butter because they have less saturated fat! What they don't tell you is that margarine is just 1 chemical chain away from PLASTIC and because the body doesn't recognise it as a 'real' source of food, Margarine will get stored in your fat stores!
BUTTER IS HEALTHIER THAN MARGARINE - FACT!
Use it in moderation, but choose real over fake, every day of the week - the body will synthesise the protein and fat in butter and use it for muscle, skin and cell repair and good hormonal function.
ALWAYS CHOOSE *BUTTER OVER MARGARINE - FACT!
*the key word is MODERATION!
CAN STRESS MAKE ME FAT..? YES!
It is very true that increased levels of stress cause our body to produce more of the stress hormone 'cortisol'; the fat magnet hormone!
TRY TO MEDITATE OR BREATH DEEPLY FOR A MINIMUM OF 10 MINUTES EVERY DAY TO HELP RELAX
FOOD MANUFACTURERS AND THEIR EVIL WAYS...
Talking of hormones - food industries play with our 'hormones' (I'm very sad to say this is not a joke!) is to combine foods in a way that bypass a very important hormone in our body that regulates food intake, 'leptin'.
Tests of rats found that the right combination of fat and sugar in a single product (think of cheesecake as a great example) is able to somehow bypass our leptin sensor. The means instead of our body telling us we've had enough, we continue to eat much more than we normally would if the fat and sugar elements were to be separated.
High fructose corn syrup is used in just about every sweetneed (and a lot of savoury (BREAD!) products on todays shelves. This is one of the most problematic for a lot of people. If you buy processed food or almost any description (biscuits, cakes, sweets, bread, pies, cereals, fizzy drinks), this little gem will be hidden there and it goes STRAIGHT TO YOUR FAT STORES..!!!!
FOOD MANUFACTURES DESIGN FOOD TO ENSURE WE EAT MORE OF THEIR PRODUCTS - AWFUL FACT!
It is also possible to have a mineral deficiency that can cause an upset in the body leading it work inefficiently.
Mineral deficiency, such as magnesium, can lead to an inefficient body and subsequently the body does not process nutrients as effectively. This crucial mineral is quite often reduced as a result of too many fizzy drinks and sweet products.
FIZZY DRINKS AND SUGAR HELP TO REDUCE VITAL STORES OF MAGNESIUM
It is posssible to have issues with the drainage of toxins from your body, which causes additional bloating - especially of limbs, but it can affect the whole body. A good massage can help to move the toxins by increasing the circulation in your body!
Another common issue with people not managing to lose weight can be the result of food intolerance. It's amazing how seriously food intolerance issues can affect the body. A lot of people will automaticlaly think gluten and dairy as the two main highly marketed 'intolerances' these days. It is quite likely that a few people may have issues with these, however it's quite likely that most of us are just intolerant to the chemicals found in our foods or FODMAPs (see below)
Unfortunately food companies are quite devious and they like to come up with new, inventive ways of keeping us hooked on their products so we spend more money with them. What better way than to create a new 'gluten' hype. Of course, this isn't to say there aren't people with gluten insensitivity, but there are far less in society than current marketing strategies would have us believe!
YOU ARE MORE LIKELY TO HAVE AN INTOLERANCE TO THE CHEMICALS FOUND IN FOOD, THAN TO GLUTEN!
NOT ALL FOODS ARE EQUALLY HEALTHY FOR EVERYONE...
FODMAP is a scientifically backed research that has found that products in foods can cause problems in the body when it comes to absoption of sugars and a FODMAP diet has been known to significantly improve 7 / 10 people who suffer from Irritable Bowel Symptoms!!
FODMAPs = (Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols) are poorly absorbed sugars or sugar alcohols that are found in a variety of foods and drinks.
What is also suprising, yet on the list, would be things like beetroot, apples and lentils!
TRY ELIMINATING CERTAIN FOODS AND KEEP A DIARY - YOU MAY BE SURPRISED AT WHAT IS CAUSING YOU TO RETAIN WEIGHT!
Just by eliminating apples from a clients morning 'juice' drink, she started to suddently see a shift in her weight. Nothing else changed!! I kid you not! Your weight loss could be a simple case of removing a problem food!!