WHY "EXERCISE MORE & EAT LESS" DOESN'T ALWAYS WORK
There are many things influencing your metabolism, the rate at which you burn fat for fuel. One major disruption may be toxins. Our planet has never been more toxic.
Toxins are a leading cause of inflammation and this chronic inflammation is leading to poor nutrient absorption and excessive water retention. Within days of starting an anti-inflammatory diet, participants may notice incredible weight loss and physique improvements due to a reduction of subcutaneous water retention that may result from detoxification.
So how does toxicity cause fat gain?
- The human body is generally good at detoxifying. However, the burden has become so high now that it’s almost impossible to completely detoxify. So, as a survival mechanism we store toxins that could hurt us in a little bubble of fat. Therefore, the more toxic we are the more fat we form to protect ourselves.
- Toxins cause endocrine disruptions. These hormonal changes may result in impaired thyroid function, reduced adrenal function and imbalanced sex hormones which may lead to weight gain and the inability to lose weight.
How do we remove toxins and balance our health?
Increase fat intake: Fat loves to grab hold of toxins. In fact, there is a procedure called ‘oil pulling’ which is the process of swishing coconut oil around in your mouth for 5 – 10 minutes to draw the toxins from your gums. So, it stands to reason eating more healthy fats like coconut oil, olive oil and avocado oil etc. may help you detox. However, you need to simultaneously reduce your processed carbohydrates.
Drink more water: All four (4) pathways by which we detox are water dependant. You either pee them out, poop them out, sweat them out or breathe them out. Each pathway needs sufficient water to properly function. You need to also be aware that the water you drink may be toxic with halides like fluoride which has been clinically shown to lower thyroid function. Drinking 2 – 4 litres a day of filtered or spring water that is in a BPA (Bisphenol A) free container or glass is recommended.
Move more: The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that remove toxic waste from the body. It doesn’t have a pump like the circulatory system (heart) and relies entirely on movement. Moving for 10 minutes every hour helps improve health, detoxify your body, enhance brain function and increase productivity in the workplace.
Use a greens supplement: We try to eat plenty of greens but you can never have too much. In fact, greens are effective at chelating (binding) toxins and removing them from your body. You should use a green supplement every day to boost health, increase vitality and help remove toxins.
Consume turmeric: Mix turmeric with your fats. The active compound in turmeric (curcumin) is fat soluble and helps enhance detoxification pathways. Turmeric is a super Ayurvedic root that possess powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
It could be argued that stress is THE most toxic poison ever. Stress comes in many forms… physical, emotional, psychological and immunological. We are constantly under more and more stress and its incredibly difficult to remove. We need to learn how to manage stress and support our adrenals.
As a survival mechanism, when our bodies are under stress they hold onto energy (body fat) as a backup fuel. This is because historically when our ancestors were under stress (which was 100x less frequent than today) it was a clever idea to preserve energy as the stress was probably coming from famine or war.
How do we manage stress?
Have more fun: Fun is the antagonist of stress. The two struggle to exist in the same space so having more fun automatically results in less stress, greater release of serotonin, dopamine and lowered cortisol.
Meditate and breath: This is easy for some and harder for others, however there is no denying that it helps with stress management and detoxification. Try starting with 10 deep breaths through your nose and exhale through your mouth.
Hug more: Physical connection with the ones we love (including fur family) has been shown to lower blood pressure and improve markers of health by reducing stress.
Support adrenals: Using herbs that help to regulate adrenal function like Ashwagandha and Schisandra may improve cortisol levels. Once cortisol regulates you will sleep better, wake up with more energy, be less hungry and burn fat more efficiently.
Sleep: Getting between 6 – 8 hours of quality sleep every night helps to improve muscle recovery, boost metabolic rate, lower stress and control hunger. Sleep deprivation is so effective at increasing stress that it was used as a form of torture to get captured enemies to crack during war.
There are many different environmental and emotional reasons for weight gain. This includes our obsession to regain a body we once had (in our younger years) or the body of a fitness model we may never have no matter how strict we are with our nutrition and training. It is important to realise that our bodies change with age, but we can make them healthier and fitter with what we eat, what we drink, how we move and how we treat ourselves and others emotionally.
Try to focus on the positive changes that you can control and maintain. Move more often and make it fun, choose to eat real unprocessed food and try to reduce stress. Small healthy habits added together can see big results. Not to mention, you will feel healthier and happier and that is surely the most important thing after all.
Disclaimer: The above article is merely a guide and is in no way a recommendation or a treatment protocol for any health conditions or diseases. You should always consult with a qualified health care provider before changing your supplement, training or nutritional strategy. Supplementation should not be attempted by pregnant or breastfeeding women, anyone on prescription medication or children under the age of 15 unless advised by your qualified health care provider.