There is so much more to losing weight than just eating the right things. What you eat is a small part of a bigger puzzle, an important one, nonetheless, but still just one part.
To help you achieve your weightloss goal, there are other elements that are important and can help or hinder weight loss. Asides from diet, there is thyroid hormones, the stress hormone, cortisol, fat storage hormone, insulin, oestrogen, sleep, digestion and exercise.
Are you out of balance?
Hormones have a significant impact on weight and how we feel generally.
Oestrogen - progesterone levels fall rapidly as you ovulate less and, although oestrogen is decreasing too, its falling at a slower rate, meaning you can end up being estrogen dominant (that's too much oestrogen in proportion to progesterone). Men can become oestrogen dominant too, this is when you may see the development of "man boobs".
Thyroid - the internal motor which comes under a lot of pressure, even more so in our 40's. Low levels of thyroid hormones can alter mood, weight increases, constipation and a feeling of sluggishness.
Hormones work synergistically, if one or more is out of kilter, there is an effect on others too.
Cortisol - the stress hormone produced and secreted by the adrenal glands, can also increase, especially if you're spinning too many plates. This can make falling and staying asleep difficult, which in turn, leads to weight gain.
Insulin - the hormone strongly associated with diabetes, but it is also a fat storage hormone. As a double whammy, it additionally blocks fat burning. It is made by the body in response to the carbohydrates you eat. The more refined carbs, the more insulin is produced and the more fat is stored. But, as we age, the cells in our bodies can become less sensitive to insulin, so the pancreas needs to pump out more to get the same job done.
Digestion - if your digestive system is not working as it should be. It can leave you feeling and looking bloated. There is an incredible amount of research into the microbiome (your gut environment) and there are proven links between the balance of bacteria in the gut and being overweight.
Anyone with an imbalance of good to bad bacteria in their large intestine will also find themselves absorbing 15% more calories from their food. Cruel, I know. So if you're the kind of person who has suffered off and on with tummy troubles, it's worth us having a chat to get things checked out in the digestion department.
Symptoms worth investigating include gas, bloating, acid reflux, diarrhoea, constipation and feelings of nausea.
For my ladies - you may have extra symptoms to contend with, such as the symptoms of peri menopause. These include delights such as night sweats, erratic menstrual cycles, insomnia, bloating, cravings, headaches/migraines, irritability, mood swings, anxiety/depression, brain fog, poor memory, loss of sex drive, vaginal dryness, aging skin, joint pain and fatigue. ugh!!! What a selection.
Time to get some answers don't you think?
In clinic, I work with the best private laboratories to provide my clients with tests that show us which hormones are off kilter. This allows us to collaboratively come up with a bespoke nutrition and supplement programme to address any imbalances. I'm often informed by my clients that they appreciate the insight and having a bigger picture to make an informed decision about their health.
Why not email me or book a free call to discuss whether any of the above resonates with you and how we can work together to get you back in balance and on a transformation journey to a healthier, happier you.