The #1 Reason Why You Cannot Lose Weight

 

The leading cause of weight gain and the ability to lose weight is a damaged metabolism.

Yes…I know…this is common sense but what does it really mean? Well, as you will see in the video it means a lot of things but to simplify things a bit, it means the body is unable to meet the demands of the environment due to the inability to efficiently metabolize food into energy.  The body will always sacrifice long-term health for short-term survival as it is a system of auto-regulation and design to adapt.

Metabolism refers to the way, not the speed by which your body processes and uses the foods you eat. Rather then describing the metabolism as “faster” or “slower” it may be more accurate to describe it as efficient or functional vs. inefficient or dysfunctional.

The metabolism is made up of several components all of which must be considered in our daily caloric input:

·      Basal metabolic rate; up to 65% of the calories you eat each day are spent keeping you alive and providing basic energy for life support. To maintain the function of vital organs, the heart, lungs, nervous system, kidneys, liver, intestine, sex organs, muscles and skin. Sitting on the couch or laying in bed all day would still require this energy to support basic body function.

·      Physical activity; 25% of your calories are used for the energy needed to complete chores, exercise, work, etc.

·      Thermic effect of food (TEF); Approximately 10% of your caloric intake is spent processing the food you eat.

When it comes to weight loss there is a huge misconception based off the old theory “calories in vs. calories out.”  Seriously…if it were this easy we would not be having this conversation. I will agree there is a level of caloric deficit necessary in accomplishing weight loss however surprisingly many overweight people do not take in any more calories than people of average weight. Unfortunately this makes no difference and can more often lead to further weight gain. 

If you are relating to what I am saying your basal metabolism is low, your physical activity may be reduced and the thermic effect of food you eat is crippled.  Your body is in a state of hypo-metabolism.

“Common sense” would say okay…if this were true losing weight would require increasing energy output for the sake of boosting the metabolism, right? Wrong. 

If you have undiagnosed hypothyroidism or inadequately treated hypothyroidism almost anything you do to boost your metabolism on the output side of things may fail.

The body requires very specific factors in increasing metabolic rate and/or energy production.

When the body is in this state it has adapted into a dysfunctional pattern of energy production affecting every system in the body and how it is communication throughout. This may present itself as digestive dysfunction/inflammation (anything ending in -itis), hormonal imbalances (PCOS, endometriosis, hot flashes, infertility, amenorrhea, etc.), immune suppression (autoimmunity), fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, skin issues, depression and so much more!

The take away from all of this is identifying what your body needs to heal and thrive. As we see above we require a specific amount of calories just in keeping our organs functioning. When the body is not provided with what it needs to function it will find it in other places. This is a normal process however when it goes on for long periods of time the body will begin to eat itself (for lack of a better term) and this will be reflected in the many degenerative diseases so common today.

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