Sneaky weight loss saboteurs no-one is talking about plus the action plan you need to reverse your weight loss resistance:
If you have been eating clean, counting calories or macros and hitting the gym regularly yet you aren’t seeing that pesky layer of fat budge(if anything it’s accumulating over the years) then read on, these not so obvious culprits may be hindering your results:
An alarming fact I found out from Dr. Christian Northrup, the world's leader in women's health and body wisdom, is about 80% of women have undiagnosed subclinical hypothyroidism, that means that you can be in the normal range of a thyroid test yet still be suffering from weight loss resistance, sluggish metabolism, low immune system, low energy, and 10-20lbs that won't budge.
Along with improperly functioning thyroid comes estrogen dominance, creating a higher body fat profile and more fat storing hormones. Excess estrogen also naturally suppresses the thyroid so the two go hand in hand and need to be treated together. If the thyroid is stressed, guaranteed the adrenals are stressed as these two systems are the energy work horses of the body.
Other undiagnosed endocrine issues that could be affecting your body's ability to burn fat include weekend and stressed adrenals, Polycystic ovarian syndrome, borderline type 2 diabetes and blood sugar issues, chronic fatigue, and chronic inflammation.
I see these everywhere and almost every woman who turns to me for help is suffering from one or a combination of the above. Signs of sluggish or improperly functioning thyroid include hair that breaks easily, the beginning of a widows peak, hair loss, thinning or disappearance of the lateral eyebrow, weak brittle nails that chip, lowered immunity, weight gain of 10-30lbs despite diet and exercise, low energy and chronic fatigue, slow digestion, constipation, chronic inflammation, cannot stay warm/always feel cold, and low libido.
If you think this may be your case then please read on and make sure to read the bottom where I discuss the solutions and action steps you can take 🙂 xoxo
Counting calories and macros are important yes, but so are hormones.
Exposure to "xenoestrogens" in our modern toxic lifestyles happens at an alarming rate. Stats say that the average woman is exposed to about 516 different hormone disrupting chemicals everyday from mediums such as cookware, body-care, makeup, bathing products, cleaning products, hand sanitizers, perfumes, receipts, air fresheners, pumping gas, heavy metals in air, tap water, plastic products and exposure, chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, fungicides) in non organic fruits and veggies, hormones and antibiotics in factory farmed meats, flame retardants on clothes especially if they come from china, and alcohol. All of these create xenoestrogens, estrogen hormone mimicking compounds that suppress your endocrine system from functioning optimally and cause weight gain.
If you can accept that these things are real and be aware, then the solutions are quite easy, it just requires some due diligence on your part. I have outlined some very powerful ways to reduce the toxic load off your body and endocrine system below.
Consider the lifetime you have spent making all the poor food choices, all those donuts you ate during the winter, the ice cream, the chips, it impacts your liver for months and years to come and it creates deep cellular inflammation which doesn't just go away magically, unless you know what you’re doing and take a proactive approach. This chronic cellular inflammation will inhibit nutrient exchange for months to come as the damage accumulates in the body causing degradation to the cellular matrix walls of each cell, responsible for nutrient and waste exchange.
When this occurs over a lifetime, our bodies become chronically dehydrated and starved of nutrients as our cells grow less and less pliable and efficient at regenerating properly. The great news is it's completely reversible if you follow the steps I have outlined below.
The liver is truly the root of all health and is easily overburdened from a lifetime of poor food choices, chemical and heavy metal exposure, all forms of constipation, high sugar+fat combinations like ice cream or any treats, table salt, bad fats and oils, moderate to high fat diets like chips, cookies, ice cream, cakes, medications, pharmaceuticals, and viruses. Sure the liver regenerates itself but only if you give it the means to do so. With allopathic medicine's misunderstanding of the liver this way, it's no wonder non-alcoholic fatty liver disease affects at least 25% of the population for a reason and there are quite a few different stages of this type of liver damage and disease.
If you’re experiencing poor digestion, acid reflux, undigested food in stools, bloating, belching, gas, SIBO, bad skin, breakouts and acne, rashes and psoriasis, dermatitis, any lower bowel issues such as colitis and crohn's, estrogen dominance, and 10+lbs you have a liver issue that needs to be addressed.
I see a lot of women who say they eat clean yet they barely eat any vegetables or fruits and instead fill up on too many grains, processed vegan treats, cereals and breads, animal protein, animal fats, processed foods, coffee, alcohol and tap water. Even too much cooked food tends to create too much acidity in the body, once again leading to poor cellular function and nutrient exchange. Having an acidic lymph system will impair the liver's ability to function optimally and burn fat, plus it creates a beneficial breeding ground for bad bacteria and viruses to flourish, which can affect gut health, endocrine function, energy and metabolism.
This is a really common thing I see (I used to do this a lot myself!) just too many food rewards after only a few days of eating clean. When I used to work with women one on one I would get them to keep a food diary so I could see what was going on with their hormones, as almost every person would say "but I eat so clean yet I'm so frustrated". Sure enough it was the case of a day or two of eating clean, then a few glasses of wine one night, then a cheat or a reward, then perhaps a little binge here and there, then a day or two of eating clean then a cheat or reward etc.
If this is you then bringing more awareness to this self sabotage cycle is key and taking the time to track exactly what goes in your mouth will help. Try keeping a food journal for two weeks so you can objectively look at any patterns or cycles you are unconsciously doing.
If you are suffering from endocrine/metabolic issues, giving yourself at least 1 month of clean eating with no alcohol is essential to allow your body to shift and start seeing progress.
Sure yoga and cardio is great, but if you're not lifting at least 3x a week you won't see results. A good rule of thumb to remember is if you really want to change your body you have to resistance train 4-6x a week, if you just want to maintain it's 2-3x. Many women think their 2-3x a week at the gym with yoga and cardio on other days is enough and it really isn't, especially as we get older. Too much cardio or long cardio sessions also wears down the thyroid.
Sorry to say but a glass of wine or two, or three per week is way too much. Alcohol disrupts muscle protein synthesis catabolising any gains you made in the gym, damages the liver, spikes excess estrogen like nothing else, and robs the body of important nutrients while destroying the gut. Sure red wine has some antioxidants but they come with a high price to pay, please don’t buy into the hype about how it’s good for your health, it’s not!