Secrets of weight loss
Why is not possible to lose weight if one takes a low calorie diet, especially if the diet is healthy? The secret of the weight loss lies in balancing the metabolism, which involves some steps. There are several factors that usually block the metabolism. Here they are:
- Toxins in the body that block cellular metabolism.
- Thyroid– low activity
- Food intolerance– it can cause inflammatory chemical reactions that block the metabolism
- Nutritional deficiencies– nutrients are the fuel for all metabolic paths.
- Stress– can change the pH of the body that becomes more acid and causes inflammation.
- Hypoglycemia– low sugar levels in the blood trigger cravings for sweets.
- Insulin resistance– any issue connected with insulin resistance may lead to the increase of toxin deposits in the body.
- Candidiasis– fungal infections increase the amount of toxins in the body
How can toxins inhibit weight loss?
Most people who want to lose weight also suffer from other diseases. If there is no diagnosed disease, then they may suffer from fatigue, lethargy, heaviness, digestive problems, bowel distension, headache, muscle aches, poor concentration and memory, insomnia and so on, along with other symptoms, too numerous to be mentioned.
It truly is amazing that most of these symptoms, if not all, can disappear in less than 15 days! After 15 days of detoxification, patients register high levels of energy, the skin is clean and bright, they register weight loss; all of these represent excellent motivation for the continuation of the cure in order to have a clear mind, higher thresholds for stress and nervous tension, cellulite reduction, good body tone and a pleasant feeling of relaxation.
All the toxins mentioned above will eventually deposit in the fat cells and tissue (fat). These adipocytes (fat cells and tissue) are different from normal cells. These cells are mostly composed by fat residues. As sediment and mixed viscous liquid and solid accumulate, they effectively push cytoplasm and stick to the adipocytes. The more sediment accumulates, the more weight is gained. As these adipocytes enlarge and proliferate, the amount of fat increases and ultimately they erupt into advanced forms of obesity. In order to control obesity and reverse the process, it is crucial to remove these sediments from adipocytes. This will help “thinning” the cells and, consequently, will make a thinner body.
The importance of thyroid in the weight loss process
You cannot definitely lose weight if your thyroid is hypo-active!
Although the thyroid is a tiny gland in Adam’s apple area, it stimulates oxidative metabolism, increasing this way the oxygen consumption of each cell. As Dr. Barnes, one of the pioneers of medical studies on thyroid for over 50 years, said, “Cellular health depends on three factors, namely: a constant supply of nutrients, oxygen, and thyroid hormones”. Thyroid hormones stimulate protein synthesis, i.e. the accumulation of protein amino acids.
Proteins are necessary to replace used blood cells and to produce enzymes that moderate the speed of the biochemical reactions that take place inside the body cells. The fewer enzymes, due to the malfunction of the thyroid, the slower the chemical reactions, including fat burning. That is crucial for weight loss! In addition, thyroid hormones potentiate the effects of other hormones in the body, such as adrenaline; they are also necessary for the activation of sex hormones, such as the gonadotropins secreted by the pituitary gland; thyroid hormones are largely responsible for controlling the rate of absorption of nutrients in the gastrointestinal tract.
In conclusion, this tiny thyroid gland controls the metabolism of virtually every cell in the body. All biochemical activity of cells is slowed down in hypothyroidism, which means that weight loss is extremely difficult.
Food intolerance in the process of weight loss
One of the issues regarding weight loss is that food intolerance may reduce the metabolic rate by up to 72 hours after eating food containing allergens – the amount is insignificant. This is why it is virtually impossible for anyone to lose weight while eating food allergens.
Nutritional deficiencies – “the enemies of metabolism”
In order to optimize your metabolic rate so you can lose weight effectively, you must provide all the basic ingredients required for a normal function of the metabolism. Basic ingredients required for a correct metabolism are the nutrients that we receive or we should take from food. They contain vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, fatty acids, and other elements that are used by the body to produce various enzymes, hormones (including thyroid hormones), as well as all the other cells, tissue, muscles, bones, and chemicals; besides, they represent a source of vitality.
Without these fundamentals the body will compensate by conducting metabolic changes on the one hand and by malfunctioning, on the other hand. These nutritional deficiencies are the destroyers of metabolism – any deficiency of the fundaments and of the metabolism may be destroyed. Consequently, it is important to determine your deficiencies and what you can do to provide the supplements that optimize the efficiency of metabolism, so that you lose weight fast and effectively.
Many people, including physicians, believe that if we eat a variety of foods we should not have nutritional deficiencies. Research worldwide has shown that this is not true. Studies in the US have shown that in one of three households the diets lack calcium and vitamin B6; in one of four households the diets are deficient in magnesium, in one of five households the diets lack iron and vitamin A, and that nine out of ten women have a diet that is deficient in iron.
Undoubtedly, diet trends in our society are partly responsible for these nutritional deficiencies. Low-fat products are usually low in vitamins, such as A, D, E, and K. Intensive agricultural practices, domestication of animals, growing fish, use of agrochemicals, food processing and packaging, food preparation, poor digestion and absorption, as well as a stressful lifestyle are the important factors that have drained us of the essential nutrients. Needless to say that many drugs affect the absorption of the vitamins and minerals.
Stress and weight gain
When you work hard or juggle with life issues, you need to grant yourself some satisfaction. Yes, this is human nature and many people who live under tension and are demoralized, begin to eat. Food would offer them immediate satisfaction and would make them feel better for some time, but this would not solve their problems. On emotional level, it is probable that food adds to their troubles and they start to feel guilty for having interrupted diet and ate forbidden food.
Guilt is an active ingredient for depression and can weigh heavily on a person’s consciousness; guilt also leads to frustration and helplessness, states that the person has gotten used to. “I cannot really do much in this respect for now, so why don’t I enjoy this moment until things straighten up?” the subconscious whispers. This creates a vicious circle where the person eats more, feels bad about it, eats even more to alleviate the feeling that they feel bad; at the end of the day, the person realizes they are back in the vicious circle. Being stressed, fat or obese, these people tend to eat above satiety in order to please their mouth, even at the cost of straining their stomach.
Gaining weight or being obese is, usually, the result of problems, such as:
- Excessive stress
- Life style and group pressure
- Self-low opinion ( misery, depression)
- All the above
If you believe in these situations, and perhaps you have experienced them in more than one occasion, then you will understand and will agree that STRESS can be another element that blocks metabolism.
There are also other factors, such as postprandial hypoglycemia and candidiasis that have an important role in weight control.