Why Can't I Lose Weight?: Guest Post With Holistic Health Coach, Angela Brown.
As I make my way back into what was once my normal life, I am slowly but surely learning that "normal" does not have to mean "the same". "Normal" could mean taking a mental health day. It could mean prioritizing study time during the day and not letting it impact my sleep schedule. It could mean saying no when I am used to saying yes. It could mean removing toxic people from my life. It could mean less tolerance for ignorance. If I can take any lesson from these past few months, it's that our "normal" can and probably should change. 2020, though a little harsh in its delivery, has come with many lessons, lessons that should not be ignored.
Okay so now you're like, "yeah yeah, where's the information about weight loss??" I am getting there! Because I am working and in school again, blogging has taken a back seat. The good news is, one of my lovely followers, Angela, a certified functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner, physical therapist, personal trainer and holistic health coach, has offered to write this lovely guest post about healthy weight loss and Hypothyroidism!
"Why Can’t I Lose Weight?" You’re tired. You're frustrated. You've seen doctor after doctor, worked out, tried the latest fad diet and NOTHING happens with your weight! Don’t be discouraged…in this article I may have some answers for you. One of the most common things that I get asked about is weight loss. So many people question why they can’t lose weight, especially if they are suffering from a sluggish thyroid. There can be so many reasons for this, but first, let's talk about weight loss from a more general perspective. First ask yourself…..
what is, “weight loss”, going to look like for you? How will shedding those extra pounds make you feel? This is so important to identify as this will make your end goal so much more realistic and attainable. I have been down this road of frustration myself as I suffered from hypothyroidism and was diagnosed at 22 years old. I was so obsessed with the number on the scale and beyond frustrated that I was doing everything that I could do to lose weight and yet nothing was happening! Always remember that weight loss is always going to be the last thing that your body wants to do when on a health journey. What the heck do I mean by that? Your body will want to fix so many other things that are going on before it even considers weight loss. So if you have minerals that are way off, or a gut infection, or maybe even a hormonal imbalance…...it’s going to want to fix that first. Trust me, I understand the frustration when weight loss isn’t happening. But when your body has several things out of sorts we have to remember that it didn’t happen overnight. It could be a little while before you start to see results. Your body will make you lose weight when it is ready. Just keep focusing on getting healthy and weight loss will eventually come. Also, keep in mind that weight loss or fat loss is very energy intensive. If the body is not in a balanced state, it will not prioritize fat or weight loss. So why is weight loss not happening for people who seem to be doing all the right things? I want to dive into some reasons as to why this could be happening. 1) How are your stress levels? The "stress hormone", cortisol, is released in the body during times of stress along with the hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine that constitute the "fight or flight" response to a perceived threat. Following the stressful or threatening event, epinephrine and norepinephrine levels return to normal while cortisol levels can remain elevated over a longer period of time. In fact, cortisol levels can remain persistently elevated in the body when a person is subjected to chronic stress.
Cortisol has many actions in the body, and one ultimate goal of cortisol secretion is the provision of energy for the body. Cortisol stimulates fat and carbohydrate metabolism for fast energy, in addition to stimulating insulin release and maintenance of blood sugar levels. The end result of these actions is an increase in appetite. Therefore, chronic stress, or poorly managed stress, may lead to elevated cortisol levels that stimulate your appetite, with the end result being weight gain or difficulty losing those extra pounds. So often, the distribution of that weight that won’t budge from cortisol is in the belly region. 2) Do you have any infections like a parasite, bacteria, or even mycotoxins? As I mentioned above, if your body has something else going on that it needs to prioritize, weight loss will be the last thing it wants to do. Any infection or parasite can be super taxing on the body and slow or halt any weight loss. 3) Do you have an overload of toxins, chemicals, or metals in the body? Toxins will get pushed into fat cells so if there are a bunch of metals/toxins/chemicals, the body will make fat cells just to protect the person from those toxins. I am pretty positive that is the last thing that anyone wants (especially a woman)……is more fat cells! Hair tissue testing is a great way to check if you have an overload of metals in your body. This test looks in depth at the metals that may be taxing your body. 4) Have you had a full thyroid blood panel? This is sometimes an obvious one, but a full thyroid blood panel is so important. I see so many people that are only having their TSH checked and nothing else. Some people have a conversion issue and can’t convert T4 (inactive thyroid hormone) to T3 (active thyroid hormone). This will be difficult to see when only TSH is checked. And some people reverse it back to T3 which, again, is not an active hormone. This can be a huge factor for difficulty with weight loss. Thyroid antibodies are a MUST! Thyroid antibodies can develop when a person’s immune system mistakenly targets components of the thyroid gland or thyroid proteins, leading to chronic inflammation of the thyroid (thyroiditis), tissue damage, and/or disruption of thyroid function. Weight loss will be very hard to accomplish If these issues are not detected and fixed. I always recommend a full blood panel including: Free T3 Free T4 TSH Reverse T3 Thyroid antibodies (TPO and TGAb) 5) What about your minerals? Minerals are the spark plugs of your body. They are responsible for so many functions and I feel are overlooked especially when it comes to weight loss. The difference with blood testing and hair testing is that blood testing is going to give me a snapshot right now while a hair test will give me average of what is going on over the last three months. This gives a lot more important information. For example, something that I address with a mineral testing is the eating style. If you’re eating way too much fat like a ketogenic diet and your minerals show you are in a slow oxidation rate, this is a disaster for your body. You will NEVER lose weight! Or if you have an overload of calcium, you will need to take the correct supplements to lower this to a normal level or your thyroid and metabolism will never function at an optimal rate. Again, it’s going to make it extremely difficult to lose weight. Or maybe your potassium levels are completely bottomed out. You need potassium helping with the conversion of your inactive thyroid hormone, which is T4, to your active hormone, T3. This can dramatically improve your metabolism. I also like to see what Selenium is doing. It is essential for helping boost thyroid function. If you feel like you're on a hamster wheel when it comes to weight loss and exhaustion.....mineral status could be a missing link. 6) How are your sleep habits? Most of us these days have busy schedules that are demanding. It makes forming healthy sleep habits a challenge. Sleep is so unbelievably important to all aspects of your health and definitely important for weight loss! A massive amount of regeneration and repair occurs between the hours of 10pm and midnight. Just one hour of sleep before midnight is worth 2 hours of sleep after midnight. You must prioritize sleep habits to keep weight off. Getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night and being in bed before 10:30pm should be a priority! Are you tired of spinning on the hamster wheel trying to lose weight? Don’t give up! The hardest part sometimes can be to keep digging, but I urge you to! People can lose that weight that won’t budge and get their lives back (and hair) by investigating further. And most importantly, be kind to your body while you are healing. You only have one body and you deserve all the things that you are working so hard to achieve! XOXO, Angela Always consult with your health care practitioner before incorporating supplements, as there may be risk such as drug interactions. Thanks,
Angela is a holistic health coach from St. Louis, MO. She is a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P), a licensed physical therapist, as well as a personal trainer. She specializes in advanced testing and thyroid healing for women. She has recovered from hypothyroidism herself after being diagnosed at the age of 22. She used her experience and education to create her program called “The Sexy Thyroid Solution” to help women no longer suffer like she did and get to the root cause of their health issues.
“Helping women overcome hypothyroidism so they can shed a few pounds and get their sexy back.”
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Website and Blog: https://angelabrown.org/