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3 Reasons It's Not Your Fault You Can't Lose Weight

You’re doing everything you’re supposed to do in order to lose weight: eating a low-glycemic diet comprised of lots of organic vegetables, exercising 5-6 days per week and replacing high-carb pasta with Miracle Noodle. You’ve also learned how to manage stress. So why are you having trouble losing weight? Here are 3 reasons it might not be your fault….

Sluggish Liver

Say that for the last 6-12 months you have adopted healthy habits. You quit smoking, stopped drinking alcohol (at least excessively), started exercising and eating better. Goon for you! But all the years and perhaps decades of eating junk food and consuming toxins has created gridlock in your liver that’s worse than an L.A. freeway tie-up in rush hour.

Accumulated toxins causes the liver to be sluggish. The liver is your main detoxifying organ. Chronic consumption of sugars causes the liver to store fat. Perhaps even with a now healthy regimen, you’re not able to lose those last stubborn 10 pounds because your liver is not functioning as optimally as it could.

If you don’t use truly organic skin and hair care products, that could be another reason why your liver is clogged, thus preventing weight loss. Harsh chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfate--a common ingredient in every skin and hair product that’s not organic; it created the ‘sudsy’ effect--are readily absorbed by the skin. Heavy metals and other chemicals are stored in the liver.

Use caution, though, when buying hair and skin products that use the word ‘natural’ or even ‘organic.’ The FDA does not regulate these products. Do your research before purchasing a truly organic line.

Hormonal Imbalances

Menopause and other life-altering biological markers, as well as chronic stress, can throw hormones out of whack. Since every system in the body is interconnected, hormonal imbalances will also cause the liver to become sluggish. But the endocrine system itself, which governs the complicated system of hormone production and regulation, is affected in the following ways….

Most people are familiar with the concept that postmenopausal women are usually deficient in estrogen, but what may not be as well known is that women, even perimenopausal women, can also be deficient in testosterone. Testosterone, though commonly known as the male sex hormone, plays an important role in female physiology as well, helping to burn fat.

Chronic stress, which causes hormonal imbalance, can disrupt testosterone production. (New research is also shedding light on estrogen’s important role in male physiological function; many men may be too low in estrogen.)

Exercising too strenuously

Body image is relative. Perhaps you’ve been training hard, perhaps even for years, but when you look in the mirror, you still see a soft belly. “Maybe I’m not training hard enough?” you ask yourself. But maybe the question should be, “Maybe I’m training too hard?”

High intensity endurance training can be incredibly good for long-term health and disease prevention. But at a certain point, doing it excessively offers diminishing returns. Boot camp style workouts may get you in great shape, but for some people, at the expense of putting even more stress on the body. The body does not distinguish between, say, financial stress and physical stress. Stress is simply stress to the body. Perhaps your normal, healthy fat-burning furnace (metabolism) is revving too high. Ease off the high-intensity endurance training.

If you’re used to high-intensity training sessions of 60+ minutes, try switching to several bouts of short (1-2 minutes) high-intensity movements.

Solutions

In addition to doing more sane workouts, try unclogging your liver by taking all-natural liver support supplements such as milk thistle. Not recommended is drastic liver flushes or cleanses. That will cause a flood of toxins in your bloodstream. Also try occasional fasting, which can be just the metabolic reset your body needs.

Also continue to avoid processed sugars and grains. If you think you may have a hormonal imbalance, visit a naturopathic doctor or another trusted medical professional.

 

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