What weight loss is really about…
How many diets, exercise routines or cleanses have you tried in order to lose weight?
Over the years I’ve tried almost too many to count.
Back in the day as a personal trainer, I was constantly switching up my workout routine trying to chase down the weight loss results I wanted so I could have the confidence I was looking for.
I cut calories. I tried carb cycling. I tried eating every two hours.
I set lofty goals to train for fitness shows and marathons in pursuit of the perfect body.
But even with my best efforts, I could only lose a few pounds and the second I stopped, I would put them right back on.
Trying to lose and maintain weight loss was frustrating, to say the least.
And to make matters worse, I was exhausted all the time, I would crack under pressure or stress, sometimes anxiety would get the best of me and I just didn’t feel like myself.
Once I realized what weight loss was all about, not only was I able to manage my weight better but I also had little to no anxiety, and got my energy and my old self back.
You have to get healthy to lose weight, not lose weight to get healthy.
Sometimes we have to let go of what we think we know in order to open the door for change. When the typical approach of diet and exercise just aren’t working anymore (or maybe they never did), then you have to dig deeper in order feel great in your own skin again.
When I dug deeper, I found a gold mine of reasons why I struggled so much with weight, energy, stress and ultimately confidence.
It wasn’t for a lack of effort. I had underlying health issues that were preventing my body from being in balance.
I unknowingly suffered for who knows how long from adrenal dysfunction, a sluggish liver, high levels of cellular damage and a variety of intestinal parasites, bacteria and yeast.
As soon as I resolved those underlying issues, my weight dropped, my energy went up and I felt like I could conquer the world!
In this week’s video and blog I share with you what weight loss is really about, how to find what’s getting in your way and how to go about losing weight.
I’ve struggled with weight more than once in my life.
Shortly after achieving my perfect body, regaining my confidence and resolving my adrenal, liver, cell and gut dysfunction, I slowly started packing on the pounds again. A total of 15 over two years.
The story was the same. I was doing everything right when it came to diet and exercise, in addition to supporting my body better than ever before with sleep, supplements and daily stress reducing activities.
Yet the weight kept coming, meaning this time I had to dig even deeper than before.
My investigation revealed elevated levels of estrogen and Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune thyroid disorder.
With these insights, I quickly took action to lower my estrogen and support my thyroid. The weight loss was slow but steady, and I’m happy to report I feel comfortable in my skin once again.
As we get older, it can get harder to lose weight, but it’s not impossible. You’re not destined to be overweight. It just might take a little bit longer to untangle unidentified dysfunction that’s been taking place for years in your body in order for you to get healthy and support your body in losing weight.
I’ve worked with many clients well over the age of 40 who have lost over 40 pounds without having a workout routine in place or counting a single calorie. We simply focused on uncovering hidden healing opportunities using functional lab testing and used this information to create a personalized health re-building plan that led to weight loss.
Losing weight is really about identifying “hidden healing opportunities.”
Hidden healing opportunities could be any kind of underlying dysfunction in the hormone, immune, digestion, detoxification, energy or nervous system.
Typical blood tests from your doctor won’t usually pick up on this kind of stuff, because it’s happening at a functional level. You may already suspect this if you’ve been suffering from other unresolved health issues (aside from weight) such as:
- Anxiety, depression or inability to handle stress
- IBS, gas, bloating or digestive upset
- Thyroid issues that aren’t getting better
- Low/high testosterone, estrogen or progesterone
- Infertility, painful or irregular periods
And the list could go on.
Weight is really a meter for how well all of the systems of the body are OR are not working together.
For example, as I discussed in last week’s blog, inflammation, toxins and insulin levels play a huge role in the accumulation of belly fat. It’s not just about diet and exercise.
Weight loss woes are symptom of something else, especially when diet and exercise aren’t doing the trick.
Before you go spending money on lab testing to uncover your hidden healing opportunities to promote weight loss, try this…
- Cut out the top inflammatory foods: gluten, dairy, sugar, soy and alcohol
- Be asleep by 10pm at least 5 nights per week
- Move your body daily for 20 minutes or more in a way that feels good to you
- Create a daily deep breathing or meditation routine
- Support bodily functions with a high-quality probiotic and multivitamin formula that includes antioxidants and liver support
If you practice these 5 things for 30 days and the weight still won’t budge, that means your weight meter is telling you to dig deeper.
I support busy, health-mind professionals just like you, in taking back control of your health by giving you access to the right lab tests and resources to find the missing pieces of your health puzzle so you can actually fix what is wrong and get back to feeling like yourself again.
Using over a decade of personal training experience, training in Functional Diagnostic Nutrition and Transformational Coaching, I create personalized health-rebuilding programs for clients that are realistic and sustainable for long-lasting results, and that empower them to be the boss of their own health.
If you’re ready to look at the “big picture” of your health (not just one disconnected piece at a time), to embrace healthy as a way of being, and to stop settling for anything less than you deserve when it comes to your health and happiness then, schedule a complimentary Ideal Health & Weight Discovery Session with me here today!