Did your great grandparents struggle with dieting and the inability to lose weight? Mine sure didn't. A stark comparison to the millions struggling with weight loss today... So why did your great grandparents NOT struggle with dieting and weight loss? It's REALLY quite simple-- they never encountered these dietary demons that are so common today sabotaging health and the ability to achieve a healthy weight:
1) They Moved. A lot.
Your great grandparents weren't sedentary humans. Less technology, conveniences, and luxuries forced them to get more movement from daily activities and errands, whereas today, leaving the house at all is completely optional.
2) Low calorie foods
Count CHEMICALS (#5 on the list), not calories. We need calories in order to stimulate the metabolism! When calories fall too low and create a calorie deficit, it's a clue for your body to SLOW the metabolism, and that is quite possibly weight loss's worst nightmare. Cutting your calories too low is actually one of the best ways to add pounds to your waistline. I mean, why would your body trim down when it thinks there is a serious food famine going on?
At the end of the day, survival is the #1 priority of the body. Therefore — eating a low-calorie diet is the best way to self-induce a slow metabolism.
3) Excess Nutrients Slowing Down your Liver (think vitamin A, copper and iron)
Did you know that getting too much of certain nutrients can push your body towards weight gain? I'm specifically talking about vitamin A here (think overdoing dairy products for decades, butter, eggs, liver, multivitamins, cod liver oil, and drugs like Accutane), but getting too much iron and copper is not good either. When the liver has too much of certain nutrients and gives your liver too much work to do and can slow down your whole detox system. Nutrient excess is often coined with nutritional deficiencies of things like potassium, zinc and taurine further preventing your body from doing the detoxification work it needs to do.
Want to find out if this is relevant to you? Get tested here (select HTMA - international clients and blood labs - US clients only).
4) Artificial Sweeteners
Mainstream wisdom likes to portray real sugar as this devilish creature, but I actually disagree and think the real enemy here is the FAKE sweeteners. I'm sure you've heard of aspartame, a popular sweetener you might recognize as NutraSweet and Equal, but it's also in many diet sodas. This artificial sweetener has over 10,000 documented cases of adverse reactions and over 900 published studies demonstrating it as a health hazard! According to Dr. Mercola, it's also a real threat to your weight loss goals: "Would it surprise you to learn aspartame may cause you to gain weight? It’s true -- products marketed as “reduced calorie,” “sugar-free,” and “diet” can actually sabotage your weight control efforts. The two main ingredients of aspartame, phenylalanine and aspartic acid, stimulate the release of insulin and leptin -- hormones which instruct your body to store fat." Dr. Mercola (source)
5) Chemical loaded foods
Oh chemicals, you keep food fresh forever, maintain that perfect processed food texture and prevent spoilage. But at what cost? Chemicals in your food produces a chemical burden in your body. Processed foods laced with chemicals often don't provide the needed nutrients to actually detoxify the chemicals out of your body. Poor detoxification is actually a huge enemy of weight loss, because your liver is the most important fat burning organ in the body! Keep it healthy!
6) Frankenfoods (Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs)
We have Monsanto to thank for this one. True story: A friend of a friend was at a local farmer's market in Seattle talking to an awesome meat vendor and local farmer. The farmer was telling her that they can no longer use intestines from US animals to make sausages because of all the GMO feed! The intestines of US animals that are used as the casing of the sausage disintegrates! This local farm now has to import intestines from New Zealand to use as the casing for their sausages. So answer this question for me before you buy your next GMO food: If GMO's are causing the intestines of US animals to disintegrate, what the heck are they doing to your insides? #veryscary
Get clarity on what is influence your liver-weight axis with the following testing:
- vitamin A (testing here)
- copper (testing here)
- iron (testing here)
- hair tissue mineral analysis (testing here)
This is why I always do a hair tissue mineral analysis test (tests for 35 different minerals and available to clients all over the world) on my clients along with some nutrient blood labs (zinc, copper, iron, vitamin A and whole blood histamine, available to clients in the US only) to identify any weak spots in their own body that could be slowing down the liver's detox work and influencing your waistline.
I hope this empowers you to reach your health goals by getting to the root of the problem (hint: your liver) and always giving your body what it needs.
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