Weight loss is tough. A lot of people devise an eating plan and start an exercise routine but still never see any results. Why? Well there’s more to losing pounds and inches than just eating healthily and exercising (although those are important too!)
Sometimes misdiagnosed, underdiagnosed, or undiagnosed health problems are behind your inability to lose weight. Your body is a system, and to keep the system running, all the parts must be in check.
Rev Up Stalled Weight Loss
Everything that goes into your body plays a specific role, and, when dealing with weight loss, that role can be a) adding weight (like refined sugars, flours and wheat), or b) losing weight (like healthy fats, organic veggies, and some vitamins and minerals).
But if you’ve got a routine started and have noticed that your weight loss has stalled or hit a plateau, there’s a larger problem. It’s not that you are doing something incorrectly, it’s that a normal function of your body isn’t happening.
Below I’ve compiled a list of 6 common problems behind “The Weight Loss Plateau” and how to remedy the situation.
6 Essentials for Weight Loss (You Didn’t Know About)
Have your thyroid examined. This can be done with a doctor’s examination and a hair mineral analysis. This will tell you about your calcium-potassium ratio, which may be a reason behind your weight loss plateau.
Hypothyroidism usually results from not having enough potassium. Too much calcium slows down thyroid activity, and potassium is known to speed it up. Load up on potassium-rich foods like spinach, squash, salmon, and avocados. By upping your potassium intake, you’ll activate your thyroid produces two important hormones which increase your metabolism.
LGS, or leaky gut syndrome, can also cause a weight loss plateau or “weight loss resistance”. Chronic bloating, constipation, diarrhea and/or gas are all symptoms of an unhealthy gut due to food intolerances.
Foods like wheat, corn, dairy, yeast, sugar, soy and eggs are tough for our gut to break-down. Certain kinds of wheat, yeast, and eggs are alright, but you should try to cut out refined sugars, dairy, and soy out of your diet. Eat more fermented foods like pickles and kimchi, which help build a strong, healthy gut.
Although coffee is mostly good for you, the caffeine may be harmful for your weight loss. When you drink coffee between meals it will disrupt your normal cortisol levels. With raised cortisol, you will feel more stressed and increase your body’s fat-storage abilities.
Now, when you eat more (because your stress) your body will retain whatever you’ve just stress-eaten. The fat cells in your stomach have four times as many cortisol receptors as anywhere else. With increased caffeine, you may also miss out on a good night’s sleep – which increases your cortisol levels and inadvertently adds to your weight loss issues.
Infections like parasites, worms, fungus and yeast overgrowth affect 80 percent of women. There are several detox methods, but natural holistic ones are the best. There can be up to 20 pounds of toxins hidden in your colon alone.
Once the interloping invaders have been flushed from your system, you’ll find that plateau is easily passable and your weight loss goals will be well in reach.
Mix up your exercise routine as much as you can, so your body doesn’t get used to it. Walk at least 30 minutes every day, try rebounding, yoga, or pilates. Managing weight loss is all about eating properly but also activating your body’s abilities to shed pounds.
- Health Cocktail
- This juice is made with only natural ingredients, tastes great, and gets anyone’s body working to lose weight. Even if you’ve hit a snag, this juice will charge your metabolism to push you past your plateau.
Drink this 3 times a day between meals to accelerate fat loss and remove the hidden fat from tissues that respond to inflammatory invaders, infections, and foods you are sensitive to.
Metabolism Veggie Cocktail
- 1 large ripe tomato
- ⅓ cup freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice
- ½ cup filtered water
- Handful of fresh parsley
- Handful of fresh cilantro
- 1 green onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- ⅛ tsp cayenne (or as desired)
- 2 tsp olive oil
- ½ tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp Flora-Key
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 6 ice cubes
Combine all ingredients in a blender until the desired consistency is reached.