85% of people who follow an exercise and diet program lose fat and change their appearance. In typical physiological situations, the body has no problem losing fat.
However, there is still that remaining 15%: people who seem to be doing everything right, but again can’t lose fat. What’s going on with them?
Let’s us help you understand what is going on physiologically as we take a look at the four central physiological systems that could prevent you from losing weight:
- Your oxygen supply;
- your blood sugar management system;
- your adrenal system;
- your digestive system.
To better understand, let’s make an analogy with plants. Sun and water are the basic requirements for a plant to grow, just as diet and exercise are necessary for fat loss. But with all the sun and rain in the world, your plant will not be able to grow if the soil is unbalanced.
In other words, you can follow the perfect diet and training program, you can benefit from friends or a network that support you in your quest, and you can be very motivated, but if your body (soil) – is not working correctly, your fat loss program will fail.
So we will analyse these four significant physiological situations that could prevent you from losing fat.
The cells in your body need mainly two things: oxygen and glucose. If one of them is deficient in one way or another, hundreds of billions of cells in your body cannot function properly.
The cells in your body produce ATP, or adenosine triphosphate. ATP is the primary energy source in our body, and it is what makes every cell in the body do what it does. Without ATP, nothing works properly. The reduction in ATP production is involved in the ageing process.
Although many nutrients contribute to the production of ATP, one of the essential elements is oxygen. If your cells aren’t getting adequate amounts of oxygen, nothing in your body is working correctly, including weight loss.
In classical medicine, a decrease in the ability to supply oxygen to cells is often called anaemia. This condition refers to a quantitative and qualitative deficit in the capacity of red blood cells to deliver nutrients (oxygen) to the tissues and organs of the body.
You can get standard blood tests from your doctor, which should include the concentration of red blood cells, haemoglobin, hematocrit, average blood volume, MCH (mean corpuscular haemoglobin), iron, ferritin, and transferrin.
This way, you will see if your body is slightly anaemic or not and therefore implement nutritional strategies to combat it.
Fat loss and blood sugar
Balancing blood sugar is the goal of almost all diet books. And for a good reason: unbalanced blood sugar levels are at the heart of many health problems, including being overweight and having trouble losing fat.
When talking about the balance of blood sugar, for the sake of simplicity, there are two possibilities:
- Insulin resistance – blood sugar levels are chronically high.
- Hypoglycemia – fluctuations in blood sugar – sometimes blood sugar is high and occasionally low.
When someone is resistant to insulin, glucose can no longer enter the cell efficiently. Because blood sugar does not get into the cells appropriately, it stays in circulation rather than being stored. This results in the body producing higher levels of insulin to remove glucose from the blood, which causes even more metabolic dysfunction.
People with hypoglycemic tendencies will have periods of low blood sugar, and therefore high insulin secretion, rather than chronically elevated levels. During periods of low blood sugar, adrenaline helps to raise blood sugar, which causes a sharp increase in blood sugar and insulin. Blood sugar imbalances assessed by standard blood tests that you can ask your doctor. A simple way to combat the problems associated with a disturbed blood sugar level is to apply the advice you get from your doctor.
Fat loss and stress
The adrenal glands are your body’s primary defence. They also help you manage stress. When activated, they produce several hormones that help your body fight acute and chronic stressors. One of these hormones is cortisol.
The primary function of cortisol is to increase blood sugar levels, so the tissues and organs (Brain, Lungs, Heart) have enough fuel to get through a stressful situation.
Problems arise when stress becomes chronic. Chronically elevated cortisol levels increase the blood sugar level, which will then raise the insulin level. Among other things, will keep you from burning fat, no matter what exercise or diet program you follow.
There are many chronic stressors in today’s society, including mental/emotional stress, food sensitivities, blood sugar imbalances, infections (parasitic & bacterial), excessive exercise Or anything that is stress perceived by the body.
The most effective way to assess the function of the adrenal gland is the adrenal saliva test. This test uses four saliva samples throughout the day and assesses the levels of salivary cortisol and DHEA. Most holistic doctors have this test performed.
Fat loss and your digestive system
A properly functioning gastrointestinal system is essential for overall health and well-being. We should start treating our gut carefully if we are interested in losing weight and fat.
How to know if you have a dysfunctional digestive system? One of the following symptoms may indicate gastrointestinal problems:
- burping after meals;
- insufficient digestion (feeling like you have a brick in your stomach after eating);
- undigested food in the stool, foul-smelling stools;
- burning in the stomach;
- bad breath;
Also, hormonal imbalances, migraines, allergies, eczema, autoimmune diseases all have links with the gastrointestinal system. A dysfunctional digestive system can practically ruin your fat loss and weight control efforts. A weakened immune system, an imbalanced stress hormone, altered sex hormones, irregularities in blood sugar, many of these problems start in the gut.
The most effective ways to stop a vicious gastrointestinal circle is to control inflammation and identify food sensitivities. A strict elimination diet for 3 to 6 weeks has helped countless people alleviate their digestive issues.
Despite what you can hear everywhere, fat loss is not just a question of diet and training. Physiology plays a crucial role. And today more than ever in human history, our physiologies are mistreated and out of whack.
If your diet and training program is not working for you, do yourself a favour and take care of your “indoor garden”. The better your physiology will work, the better health you will have, and the better your program will work for you.