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Have you ever wondered why some people can lose weight when they do things like changing their diet or increase their exercise, but some can’t? I did too, so back when I ran a successful women’s weight loss clinic, I looked into the reasons why and want to share them to help your progress.

 

The top 3 things that stop weight loss in its tracks!

Over the last 15 years, I have specialized in weight loss in women (and learned from personal experience, too) and have seen a recurring pattern that slows down progress. If you are feeling like no matter what you eat or how much you exercise you can’t lose a pound, there is something deeper going on. I’ve found there are 3 main obstacles to successful weight loss. 

 

 

Your Metabolism May Be Working Against You

Believe it or not, most women who come to me to get help losing weight are more in the habit of undereating than overeating. It’s a myth that people (especially biological females) who are overweight are overweight because they eat too much. Yes, overeating can of course cause weight gain, but the overwhelming majority of women I talk with feel as if they eat healthy and even when they are active, they don’t get results with weight loss.

What happens is the metabolic, fat-burning processes of the body slow down when too few calories are coming in. What most people don’t know is what the threshold is, in other words, how many calories are too low? My rule of thumb is that you can go 20% below your maintenance calorie requirement which is part of what I teach in my medical weight loss program, The Crawford Metabolic Repair Protocol.

The problem is that once you have been restricting calories by too much, if you decide to then raise calories up to a healthier level you most likely will gain weight. If you are already restricting calories you may have inadvertently backed yourself into a corner because you can’t continue to reduce calories and be healthy. You’ve got to get your body out of starvation mode and into fat-burning mode!

Bottom line is, chronic dieting is the problem that leads to a slow metabolism and prevents you from getting to your final weight loss goal! The key to fixing this is going through a process that resets (or repairs) your metabolism.

To learn more about repairing your metabolism, book a free consult with one of our providers so you can finally feel great in your skin.

 

Female Hormones and Weight Loss – How are they Connected?

The next issue is a hidden cause of weight gain that is ignored by most health experts and doctors. It is the hormonal imbalance that results from stress. There are multiple ways that stress causes weight gain in women. 

One of the main stress hormones, cortisol is produced in response to stress. Cortisol can cause weight gain in 3 ways:

  1. It blocks insulin action which is the hormone that regulates blood sugar. If it is not working properly, you can have low-grade elevated blood sugar. You can’t feel this and it is very difficult to detect but it puts the body into fat production mode.
  2. It also blocks thyroid hormone activation. This can result in symptoms of hypothyroidism including weight gain.
  3. It causes low progesterone, the complementary female hormone to estrogen. This results in a hormonal imbalance called estrogen dominance and is known to cause weight gain, especially water retention. 

How do you know if cortisol is wreaking havoc on your hormones? If you are experiencing hormone imbalance symptoms such as weight gain in your belly area, that is related to high cortisol levels. If you have extra weight around the hips and breast region, you may be estrogen dominant.

If you are curious to find out exactly what your hormones are doing, we offer a doctor-designed at-home salivary adrenal and hormone test

 

How toxins make us fat.

We are exposed to hundreds of toxins every day from beauty products, the foods we eat, the household products we use, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. It’s actually overwhelming to think about just how toxic we really are!

The problem with these toxins is that the body has a very specific defense mechanism to protect itself and that is to produce adipose tissue (ie; fat) that is used to surround the toxic chemicals that it has no other way to eliminate.

The other issue with several toxic molecules such as those from plastics (even those labeled “BPA-Free”), is that they are hormone mimickers. This means they can attach to hormone receptors and either increase or block hormones causing a hormonal imbalance. This results in hormonal symptoms (such as weight gain) and even can increase the risk of hormone-related cancers.

Reducing your toxic burden is important to see success with any health endeavor but weight loss efforts in particular! Check out our 30-Day Hormone Detox Program if you want to get rid of the toxins stopping you from achieving results with your health.

 

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