Weight loss should be effortless but your hormones prevent that from being the case. Yes, I said hormones. Not calories.
Research has proven time and time again that it is not solely HOW MUCH you eat, but WHAT YOU eat, that determines your metabolic capacity. For most of you here, having adopted the low carb lifestyle, this is not news, but many of you do not understand why it works, or how to further optimize your health through diet and hormonal balance.
Each week I will break down the factors you need to consider in your fat loss formula, and give you actionable steps to personalize and improve your diet and lifestyle.
Let’s make fat loss simple, together!
Fat loss is not easy. Not a revolutionary statement, I know. If fat loss was simple then there would no obesity, no billion dollar ‘fad-diet’ industry, and you certainly wouldn’t be reading this.
The reason that fat loss can be so frustrating is that many things can play into it. Stress, sleep, diet choices, genetics, hormones and the list goes on. Although many of the above list cannot be fully understood without testing, what we do know is that many of our hormones can leave signature patterns of fat gain.
Hormones are all about Balance
When it comes to hormones there is no such thing as a good or a bad hormone. The only thing that matters is how well balanced they are with each other. Without going into too much detail, our hormones are like a symphony, women are acutely aware of this with our menstrual cycles but it applies to men as well. Outside of reproduction, these hormones also affect our weight. We don’t want too much estrogen, or too little testosterone as they can both cause fat gain for different reasons. In another example, we also have metabolic hormones that need to be balanced surrounding meals. Our insulin will increase after meals, taking leptin up with it and lowering our glucagon. In an ideal world, when these work well we can easily burn fat as fuel when we need it, but for many people this is not the case! (If you are unfamiliar with any of these hormones then stay tuned throughout the next few weeks!)
In the Chest
On your Triceps
On your Back, especially in the area of the shoulder blades.
On the front of your Stomach.
On the sides of your abdomen (AKA Love handles).
On your hips and thighs.
The take home, although the fat patterns above represent a template, you may not perfectly fit within that template, and in fact people often have multiple hormone imbalances which can cause overlapping fat gain patterns.
This understanding marks the START of your personal Fat Loss Formula!
Next week I will be cover the BIGGEST fat loss obstacle that I see in clinical practice. Don’t miss it!
Dr. Sarah Wilson is a Naturopathic Doctor in Toronto, Ontario. Having overcome her own metabolic challenges Dr. Sarah uses her personal experience and knowledge of the latest research to help you achieve food freedom and the fat loss (and health) that you desire. She works with patients locally, and on Skype, to improve their metabolism, balance their hormones and improve their energy. Find out more at sarahwilsonnd.com or on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/sarahwilsonnd/)