You just can’t lose the weight despite proper eating and exercise, you simply cannot lose your extra weight. What’s going on – research shows that many factors can contribute to this situation — and when you treat them, the weight will likely begin to disappear.
More than 26 million Americans suffer from hypothyroidism, and less than one third are being properly diagnosed or treated. In fact, most of them have what their doctors mistakenly consider normal blood test results. The symptoms of hypothyroidism include fatigue, weight gain, cold intolerance with low body temperature (under 98.6F), sore and poor mental function. You don’t have to have all of these; even merely a few may justify a therapeutic trial of thyroid hormone adjusted to the dose that feels best while keeping the free T4 blood test in the normal range. It’s worth a try: As long as your thyroid function is inadequate, it will be nearly impossible for you to keep your weight down.
When you are deficient in vitamins or minerals, your body craves more food than you need, and your metabolism is sluggish. Especially important on a low-carb diet are B vitamins, magnesium, chromium and fiber.
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A century ago, the average American got nine hours of sleep a night. Times have changed, and most of us go short on sleep. The expression “getting your beauty sleep” actually has a basis in fact. Deep sleep is a major trigger for the production of growth hormone, which stimulates muscle growth (which burns fat), improves insulin sensitivity (which decreases the tendency to make fat) and contributes significantly to a youthful, trim appearance. If you have insomnia, try eating some turkey before bedtime; its high levels of tryptophan can calm and induce sleepiness. Herbal preparations may help, too. (Be sure to ask your doctor
before taking any, especially if you take prescription or over-the-counter drugs.
Clinical experience has shown that fungal (also known as Candida or yeast) overgrowth contributes powerfully to both sugar cravings and weight gain. Although we do not know the mechanism for this, we repeatedly have seen excess weight drop off once this overgrowth is treated and eliminated. The main culprits in fungal overgrowth? Excessive sugar intake and antibiotic use. Common problems caused by yeast overgrowth include chronic sinusitis and spastic colon (gas, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation). If you have either of these, you probably have fungal overgrowth — and treating it will help you lose weight and eliminate your spastic colon symptoms and sinusitis!
Stress and adrenal/cortisol
The adrenal gland is the body’s stress handler. Excessive stress can cause cortisol levels to rise, then plummet — both of which can result in weight gain. To treat this problem, start by making an attitude change. Whenever you notice that you’re getting anxious or worried, ask yourself a simple question: “Am I in
imminent danger?” The answer is almost always “no,” and you’ll find that your adrenal glands relax as you realize this. Extreme, unsustainable or unhealthful diets aren’t necessary to lose weight and keep it off. The recommendations above will not just help you stay trim, but they will leave you healthy and full of vitality as well!
Source: Jacob Teitelbaum
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