Weight loss challenges must be seen from the perspective that the body is out of balance because the body is stressed out, ill and cannot get rid of toxins. It simply does not function well. Often various systems are clogged up with toxins from foods, medications, and the environment. Known and hidden infections in the gut or body are a burden that create inflammation and make us tired, plus the sex hormones and blood sugars are often on a rollercoaster too. Once all the above are addressed in an integrated process and the organs’ function is improved, the excess weight will melt away over time as the body begins to heal.
With stubborn weight loss, there is no quick fix. After all, you did not wake up one morning and suddenly found an additional 10 lbs. on the scale. The weight gain usually happens gradually. Yo-yo dieting and excessive caloric restriction often makes matters worse and can result in increased carb cravings.
What is important to consider is that toxins are also stored in body fat. This occurs, when the liver is already challenged and cannot get rid of the accumulation of toxins that include environmental pollutants, also known as POP (Persistent Organic Pollutants: Thousands of synthetic and very harmful environmental and human chemical pollutants, which were developed for use in pest controls, crop production and industry. These are very harmful to all living creatures in the environment, our natural resources, and our human body, where they get stored in body fat). The chemical estrogen in plastics found in water bottles or in the lining of cans, also are toxic to the body and will be stored in body fat. Chemicals and hormones in commercial foods, these too, will be store in body fat if the body cannot handle the overload.
Often an individual will cut calories or skip meals to lose weight and that makes the whole situation worse. Think about it, the body needs energy to break down toxins and to move them out of the body. With less energy coming in (and often more stress that can result in carb binges), the body will be even more tired. It will just slow down, and it will keep storing fat as it cannot get rid of the many toxins coming in. Exactly what we do not want. A tired body cannot get rid of toxins – and body fat.
The entry point, besides a cleaner diet and exercises, is to support liver, gallbladder, and lymphatic function AFTER digestion and elimination have been optimized and brain plus adrenal function have been supported. We do not want to release toxins from body fat unless they can be made less toxic by the liver AND they can be eliminated. Imagine if the body is constipated – nothing will move out and the toxins will be re-absorbed and stored.
Subclinical infections/ yeast overgrowth?
When it comes to weight loss, various factors beyond the daily diet must be considered. Any inflammatory burden, toxic relationship at home or work, or a distraction the body is dealing with e.g., food sensitivities or H Pylori in the gut, will affect how well it functions. All affect our hormonal balance and how much energy we have for daily detox, which affects desired weight loss too.
As such, long-term and healthy weight loss is a gradual process. Often excess weight also relates to adrenal insufficiency, water retention, estrogen dominance, and chronic digestive ailments. As the body gains more energy from changes in eating habits and improved digestion, it can function better! Just like a car, if it gets the right fuel mix and a good tune up, it runs smoothly and efficiently.
Rika Keck, FDN-P
NY Integrated Health