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We often attribute weight gain to a lack of willpower, emotional eating, and addictive tendencies, and that certainly could be part of the equation for many of us. However, those issues do not exist in a bubble. There may be very tangible reasons why we struggle with our relationship with food. I’ve chosen a photo of an iceberg to represent this section because I believe the emotional factors may just be the tip of the iceberg. The iceberg below the surface consists of several issues that are often crucial to weight loss.
Weight gain could be due to adrenal insufficiency, thyroid dysfunction, insulin resistance, out-of-balance hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, plus other irregularities. And the food itself is not so innocent either! Eating processed foods with pesticides, heavy metals, and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) can interfere with our body processes and contribute to weight gain. Not all food is created equal. A calorie is not just a calorie! The food source does matter.
We also need to address the pollutants in our environment that enter our bodies through the skin and lungs. Women take in hundreds of synthetic chemicals each day through skin creams, makeup, hair products, perfume, and other personal products. Our bodies often react to these toxins by holding onto fluid and causing bloating or edema in order to dilute and neutralize the toxins.
This puts a strain on the liver. When the liver is out of balance, emotions like anger, depression, frustration, and impatience can show up. This can trigger emotional eating and sabotage our desire to lose weight. Avoiding toxins and gentle detoxification is an essential part of the weight loss process.
STRESS can wreak havoc on our hormones and set us up for cravings and overeating. Stress is not just caused by negative emotions from a hard day at the office, financial difficulties, or traffic jams. Eating excess sugar, skipping meals, eating the wrong foods, or living with chronic pain can also elicit the stress response in our bodies. Stress can disrupt the adrenals and the thyroid, making us prone to weight gain.
At Desire To Live Now we can pinpoint hormonal irregularities, nutrient deficiencies, brain neurotransmitter issues, detoxification problems, and more. By combining that information with nutrition, supplements, and lifestyle counseling, we can get to the bottom of the weight gain issue and chip away at the iceberg.
The issue of weight control can either be a vicious cycle or a catalyst for positive change. With the multi-faceted strategy that I practice, weight loss can be achieved, stabilized, and maintained.