Beating Weight Loss Resistance:
Weight loss resistance is characterized by the inability to maintain an appropriate weight despite exercise and dieting. This is due to hormones and inflammation. Weight gain and particularly abdominal fat is a classic sign of insulin resistance and chronic inflammation.
Some individuals try to follow the standard advice of low calorie dieting and lots of exercise but they struggle to maintain their weight loss. This is a classic sign of weight loss resistance. Chronic inflammation is the culprit and it must be addressed or the individual will not only continue to be overweight but will absolutely build disease in their body.
As a clinician I have helped thousands of people lose tens of thousands of pounds over the last 7 years. I have worked with many individuals who had “tried everything” without success. I have found several very key factors that must be addressed or effective and sustainable weight loss will never be accomplished.
3 Essential Things for Healthy Weight Loss:
Many people will follow low calorie plans that are full of processed foods and see some positive weight loss results. Unfortunately, because they are consuming foods of little real nutritional value they are not truly improving their health.
We need a diet and lifestyle plan that takes into account what our ancestors would do on a regular basis. This means we need to focus on real foods, real life movement patterns, good sleep and a natural lifestyle. Here are the steps and strategies you must do to lose weight in a Healthy Way!
1. Get Rid of Inflammatory Foods:
The modern American diet is full of grains and sugars. Cereal for breakfast, sandwich for lunch and pasta or potatoes for dinner. These grains are highly inflammatory and cause insulin spikes and cell membrane damage. This leads to poor hormonal signaling and weight gain in many individuals (1, 2, 3) .
Expert Analysis: A nutrient dense, high fat/low carb diet is extremely powerful anti-inflammatory tool. Load up on good fats like coconut, olive oil, grass-fed butter/ghee, avocados, nuts/seeds, cacao, wild-caught fish, pasture-raised eggs and grass-fed meats.
Vital Tips: Drink a protein shake for breakfast with frozen berries, coconut milk & coconut oil & healthy protein powder. Have a salad with avocado or nuts/seeds for lunch and have steamed veggies with grass-fed butter or olive oil, herbs and fresh squeezed lemon along with grass-fed beef, bison, lamb pasture-raised chicken or wild-caught salmon for dinner.
2. Heal Your Gut & Soak up the Sun
Individuals with weight loss resistance are known to have dysbiosis or abnormal bacterial balance in their guts. This problematic microflora creates inflammatory changes in the body and leads to cellular inflammation and weight gain (3, 4).
Expert Analysis: Optimal Vitamin D3 levels are also critical for coordinating immunity and reducing cellular inflammation. Low vitamin D3 levels are associated with cellular inflammation and weight loss resistance (5, 6).
Vital Tips: Use fermented foods like sauerkraut, naturally pickled veggies, kimchii, beet kvass, coconut water kefir, coconut milk kefir, raw milk kefir, Amasai, raw cheese from grass-fed cows, kombucha & apple cider vinegar.
3. Train Hard & Rest Well
High intensity fitness is extremely critical to boost human growth hormone and testosterone (7, 8, 9) . Short time period, high intensity exercise incorporates full body movements such as squats, lunges, pull-ups, dips, push-ups, etc.
These exercises done in sequence with very little rest periods between sets effectively exhaust the cardiovascular system as well as challenging all the major muscle fibers. This blasts fat burning, anti-aging hormones for the next 36 hours.
Expert Analysis: Be sure to get enough rest. Sleep 7-8 hours each night and try to get as much sleep before midnight as possible. The rest is extremely anti-inflammatory and it regulates gut health and hormonal health (10).
Poor rest will create a physical stress on the body and cause more inflammation and poor healing (11). This will negatively affect weight loss and overall health.
Vital Tips: An ideal training schedule would have challenging workouts every 24-48 hours. The more inflamed the individual – the less exercise they should do.
Try 3-4, 15 minute high-intensity workouts each week. The workouts should leave you hot, sweaty and out of breath. Then you rest and continue to move your body with low intensity movement such as walking to de-inflame the body and heal.
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