Most people struggle to lose weight and even if they succeed, they rarely maintain the weight loss. There are many reasons for this. What most people don’t realise is that they have underlying problems associated with the digestion and absorption of foods. These problems reduce your ability to utilise food and the essential nutrients found in food such as the vitamins & minerals which regulate all processes within your body.
The long term deficiency of nutrients leaves your body nutritionally depleted and therefore unable to regulate essential functions correctly e.g. you may develop oedema (water retention), high blood pressure, weight gain, an underactive or overactive thyroid etc.
Some reasons for weight gain are:
- Poor diet i.e. high in salt, sugars, preservatives (ready meals) etc.
- Lack of exercise
- Food intolerance
- Digestive & Absorption Problems e.g bloating, flatulence, indigestion, burping etc.
- Underactive Thyroid / slow Thyroid function
- Hormone Imbalance (mainly in women)
- Cravings leading to bingeing
- Use of certain medication e.g. HRT, The Pill, heart tablets, anti-inflammatory drugs etc.
- Water Retention / Oedema
Everyone has a different metabolism.
I am sure you know people that can eat anything and everything all day but still not put on any weight. And yet you may just need to look at a chocolate and the weight just piles on!!!
This example is very common and proves that we all have different needs – it also proves that all these Commercial “DIETS / Diet Companies” that supply everyone with the same eating plan will not work for most people tong term as all our requirements are different.
Weight Loss is not only about counting Calories and grams of Fat… Calories are made up of Proteins, Carbohydrates & Fats. So, it is no good making sure that you eat only 1000 calories per day (this figure is only an example) if you do not know the ratio of Proteins, Carbohydrates and Fats in your daily intake.
Eating 1000 calories per day of chocolates only will definitely not achieve weight loss but eating 1000 calories per day of fish only would (this is only an example and should not be followed as eating a small variety of foods will caused nutritional deficiencies).
Therefore, counting calories only will not work – we have proved this at our Clinic time and again.
You need to determine your body’s requirement for not only calories per day but also the ratio of Protein / Carbohydrate / Fat in order to lose fat weight and maintain the weight loss.
BUT, the most important factor in succeeding at long term weight loss, after altering eating habits, is improving your Digestive System (and metabolism) as this is the core of how you will utilise foods & the nutrients in the foods – this is why Digestive Problems & Weight Gain are so closely associated.
– If you have struggled to lose weight, how many of the above listed ‘Reasons for weight gain’ apply to you?
Quite a few???
People with fast metabolisms can utilise all of these food groups easily and not gain weight BUT most of us, especially those with slow metabolisms and/or slower than normal thyroid function will have problems losing weight when consuming a high carbohydrate intake diet and/or foods that we cannot digest correctly – leading to food intolerance and the associated digestive problems such as bloating, irregular bowels, flatulence etc.
Some people actually need more Protein & less fibre in order to activate their metabolisms into burning excess bodyfat. This statement also depends on whether they have any underlying medical problems that are improved or aggravated by proteins & fats.
So, if you have been yo-yo ‘dieting’ most of your life and have not been able to control your weight, you need to change whatever it is that you are doing now as it obviously does not work for you.