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Weight No More!

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This is the time of year many people think about trying again to shed those extra pounds. Although it’s never easy to make the permanent changes required to lose the weight and maintain it, there are good approaches to make it happen.

Following an anti-inflammatory diet is the healthiest and most effective way to achieve your weight goals, and improve your health at the same time. And, every weight-loss program should include regular exercise, at least 45 minutes of aerobic exercise 4-7 times a week. But, if you are doing everything right with diet and exercise, yet the weight is still not coming off, here are some things to consider. Sometimes there are other obstacles that must be addressed.

Are you drinking enough water? Dehydration will cause your body to hold onto that extra weight. A good program should always include 6-8 glasses of pure water or water based fluid daily.

Has your thyroid been checked? A sluggish thyroid is associated with a low metabolic rate, which means that you are not burning calories very efficiently. Even levels in the “low normal” range, should probably be treated. Look to future newsletters where we’ll address the problems associated with sub-clinical low thyroid.

Are you stressed? Stress causes the release of the hormone cortisol, and excess cortisol increases appetite and promotes storage of fat in the abdominal area. Chronic stress can lead you to gain weight, and can be a major obstacle to your losing weight.

Are you getting enough sleep? If you’re sleep-deprived you will actually have higher levels of the hormone that stimulates appetite. You’ll also have lower levels of the hormone that tells your brain when you’re full. And there is even more bad news. Sleep deprivation can also cause you to crave carbohydrate-rich foods, such as sweets, pasta, and breads.

Do you have a lot of bloating and water retention? These symptoms are often signs of a toxic overload, meaning a build up of toxic substances in your body. This can also inhibit weight loss. Sometimes starting with a good liver detoxification program is your best first step.

Is your system too “acidic”? Our bodies function much better (including losing weight successfully) when they are slightly alkaline, rather than acidic. Certain foods, like sugars, proteins, grains, alcohol, and caffeine, as well as stress hormones, push our systems to a more acidic state. Fresh fruits and vegetables are the most alkalinizing foods. And taking a good mineral supplement that includes calcium and magnesium can also help alkalinize your body.

Does your diet have enough fiber and fat? I know it sounds strange, but you need to eat fat to burn fat. Be sure to include a little good fat (like olive oil, avocado, fish, raw nuts and seeds) at each meal. And of course, all those fruits and veggies are loaded with good fiber.