As a culture, believing that if you stop eating so much and get more exercise, you can always lose weight. Personal trainers, nutritionists, and even well-intentioned healthcare practitioners relay this message to women every day. Yet, there are still women out there who can’t lose weight. Are they lying about what they eat and about how much they exercise?. I don’t think so — because I was one of these women, a Victim of WEIGHT LOSS RESISTANCE
“When I was 19, I joined Weight Watchers and drove myself crazy weighing and measuring every morsel of food I put in my body. I never missed a workout, never cheated with food, and every time I got on the scale, I’d find I only lost a mere half-pound or even gained. I know that Weight Watchers works well for some people, but it didn’t work for me. And now I know it was because I had something called weight loss resistance.”
Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP
WHAT IS WEIGHT LOSS RESISTANCE?
According to Dr. Marcelle Pick, in her article Do You Have Weight Loss Resistance? found at WomenToWomen.com, “weight loss resistance arises when a woman develops or has a preexisting metabolic imbalance that makes losing weight and maintaining healthy weight extremely challenging, despite her best efforts to eat less and exercise more.”
SIX CORE SYSTEMIC IMBALANCES THAT GREATLY CONTRIBUTE TO WEIGHT LOSS RESISTANCE IN WOMEN*
- Hormonal imbalance (including thyroid dysfunction)
- Adrenal imbalance (chronic stress)
- Neurotransmitter imbalance
- Digestive imbalance
- Systemic inflammation
- Impaired detoxification
BECAUSE THE BODY COMPRISES MANY SYSTEMS THAT INFLUENCE EACH OTHER, IT IS NOT UNCOMMON FOR THE IMBALANCE TO OCCUR IN MORE THAN ONE SYSTEM. FORTUNATELY, THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO HELP BRING YOUR BODY’S SYSTEMS BACK INTO BALANCE.
Movement is not just for weight loss but also
- UNDERSTAND YOUR UNIQUE PHYSIOLOGY. Work with your physician to identify any metabolic imbalances that may be keeping you from losing weight, then create a nutritional plan and lifestyle plan to re-balance your systems.
- CONSIDER AN HERBAL APPROACH. When hormonal stress neurotransmitter imbalance causes weight loss resistance, herbs can help relieve some of the burdens on your body so it will let go of the protective weight.
- EAT RAW AND OFTEN. Eating three well-balanced meals and two snacks each day keeps the metabolism up and cravings at bay. Each should include some high-quality protein. Specific vitamins, minerals, and cofactors also aid in successful weight loss, specifically chromium, zinc, vitamin C, D3, and B vitamins, which are essential for ideal metabolism.
- MOVE. Movement is not just for weight loss but also the overall health of the entire body and all its systems, so daily exercise is crucial. If you’re short on time or energy, bursting and interval training are super-efficient options that will help reset your metabolism.
- FIND TIME TO REST AND SLEEP. If you’re serious about losing weight, make sleep a top priority because it plays a central role in how hungry you feel. Studies show that “eight hours of sleep between the hours of 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM is ideal when you want to overcome weight loss resistance.”*
- CREATE A SUPPORTIVE SOCIAL NETWORK. Research shows that people who join together in their weight loss efforts are more successful.
*According to WomenToWomen.com
Article adapted from Do You Have Weight Loss Resistance? by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP