With all of the good intensions in the world, do you sometimes feel that your body is just not on your side? You watch what you eat, go on a diet, sweat it out in the gym yet still you feel that you’re not any closer to achieving the body you want. Often what women don’t realise is that these actions can be a way of our body responding to our environment and our lifestyles, triggering an advanced mechanism for survival in our bodies. Commonly this ends up with the outcome of fat storage and holding onto more fat than we would like, or deserve for our efforts!
Firstly what’s important is to try and let go of the frustration surrounding this feeling. This is definitely easier said then done. Embrace that this is a sign of something being out of balance which needs attention in order for you to move forward. The real power is in having an understanding in what is creating this issue for you, as well as being prepared to work through it. Today’s post is designed to do just that, to help you navigate your way through these common issues and give insights into how to put you back in control. At QOL we truely feel for women who feel this kind of frustration and are so passionate about teaching and sharing knowledge on how to overcome these issues.
1. Sweating the small (or big) stuff.
I think it is amazing how stress can have such a profound impact on how we feel and how it affects our ability to achieve the body composition we want. Stress, or our ‘perceived stress’ sits right at the top of the list as one of the major players which create a struggle in our ability to make changes in body composition.
I am sure that you are no stranger to hearing the impacts of stress on our body. I believe it is important to dial in on a simple yet deeper explanation of what is happening on a physiological level, to give you an understanding and hopefully motivate change.
Our bodies have an incredibly intelligent design and if we are in danger in a life threatening situation the body dumps glucose or sugar into our blood stream. This enables a massive burst of energy to either run, fight and hopefully survive. Simultaneously blood shifts to your peripheries and away from digestion to also support the mechanism of running away. The consequence of this when the glucose dump of energy isn’t used is both weight gain and increased cravings. Additionally your digestive function slows which can lead to constipation. Undigested stools sitting in your system typically result in higher calorie absorption as well as more toxic loads and possibly even digestive overgrowths.
The problem is so many of us these days experience this type of response to the ‘perceived’ stress. Constant 24/7 contact via our mobiles, emails and lifes frustrations can trigger this cascade. It is important to remember that this reaction is always controlled by how we interpret and perceive the world around us.
2. Going on a Diet
3. Liver Overload
- Phase one
- B Vitamins
- Folic Acid
- Antioxidants (curcumin, green tea, milk thistle, via c & e)
- Phase two
- Amino Acids (taurine, glycine, cystine, glutamine)
- Phase three
- Possibly probiotic
4. Low Fat Diets
5. Undetected Thyroid Issues
Thyroid issues can either present as hypothyroidism (slow) or hyperthyroidism (fast). The first presents as a slowed metabolism and weight gain amongst other symptoms such as cold body temperature, brain fog, poor memory depression, slowed digestion, dry skin and muscle weakness. The later can actually present with weight loss, anxiety, insomnia, diarrhoea, rapid or irregular heart beat, fatigue and hair loss. Although it is hypothyroidism which is typically associated with weight gain it is important to know that often this condition can swing between the two.
The drivers of thyroid issues can stem from stress, oestrogen dominance, autoimmune issues and or being deficient in either iodine, zinc selenium and magnesium and iron. The important thing is to test your levels of these nutrients along with thyroid hormones and thyroid antibodies. One aspect which is commonly overlooked is testing reverse T3. What can happen is your hormone levels can all appear to be within a normal range but high levels of reverse T3 cancelled out the metabolism boosting effects of regular T3. If you can relate to the above symptoms it is definitely worth testing this and working with a specialist in this field.
Overall this post has been a huge brain dump of information which I hope you find super helpful. If you do feel overwhelmed with trying to navigate your way through this take a deep breath and know that you will find the answers. For one on one support and coaching we are always just a phone call or message away.
Until next time
The Queen of Lean