Why am I not losing Weight? 

Weight Loss is challenging at the best of times, but what if there is more to it that just what you are eating?
Food and exercise both make up a large portion of losing weight, but there are literally hundreds of other factors and reasons that could be affecting or preventing you from successfully losing any weight.

One of those reasons could be related to your hormones, and an imbalance or over/under production of certain hormones. We have many different hormones, but there are a few that come up in conversation quite frequently when we talk about weight loss.

Those are:

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  • Insulin – The Sugar Balancing Hormone!
  • Cortisol – The Stress Hormone!
  • Thyroid hormone – The Metabolism Regulator!
  • Oestrogen and Progesterone – The Female Hormones
  • Testosterone – The Male Hormone
  • Leptin & Grehlin – The Growth Hormone that Regulate Appetite.
  • and many others.

For this article, I want to discuss Insulin, or more specifically, insulin resistance. I really want you to understand this subject, so let’s talk about what Insulin does in the body, before we talk about being resistant to it.

What is Insulin & Insulin Resistance?

Insulin is the hormone that regulates our blood sugar levels, when people think aboutsugar, they often think of sweets, cakes, chocolates etc, but in truth, ALL carbohydrates are made up of sugar. As we break down these sugars in out digestive system, and release them out into our blood stream, our bodies stimulate the production of “insulin”.

Insulin helps to control our blood sugar level by signalling to the Liver and muscles cells to take glucose from the blood stream, therefore it aids the cells to take in the glucose to store as energy.

Our bodies store this sugar (or glucose) in the liver and muscle cells, but when these cells reach their storage capacity, the sugar can also be stored as fat in fat cells.
If you lead an sedentary lifestyle and consume a high carbohydrate diet, then the liver and muscles cells will reach their capacity at a much quicker rate.

Excessive carbohydrate consumption can lead to inappropriate amounts of insulin being released it to the blood stream, and subsequently leads to the poor handling of sugars. Consistent poor food choices can lead to weight gain and insulin resistance, which can be precursive to diabetes. insulin-resistance-is-bad-mkay.jpg

Someone who is insulin resistant is likely to store excess sugars as fat, as they are unable to store the sugars in their over-capacitated muscles and liver cells. Leading to weight loss.

Interestingly, the liver struggles to multi-task, so when it is busy sorting and handling all of the sugars, it doesn’t have the resources to do it’d other role, which is to detoxify. It is this detoxification of hormones that is necessary for optimal hormone balance.

Here’s a short video that explains Insulin Resistance a little more. 

As you can see, if you have been consuming too many sugary snacks, or maybe overeating, then this may be part of the reason that you are not seeing a great result in your weight loss.

Can You Fix Insulin Resistance?

insulin-resistance-3-728.jpgIt is possible to rectify insulin resistance by reducing the amount of sugars that you are consuming. By maintaining a healthier, more balanced, calorie controlled diet – that offers a greater variety of nutrient dense foods, you can slowly start to improve your insulin sensitivity. But, it can take time.

Diet & Nutrition:

Is there an appropriate amount of carbohydrates that I should consume? 
We are all different in our energy requirements, so really the answer is – it varies!
The amount of carbohydrates that I may require daily, will likely be very different to what you may require. We have different genes, activity levels, health, sleep patterns, home environments, and goals to name a few. So this makes it impossible to give a “blanket” recommendation for the carbohydrate consumption of everyone.

If you are gaining weight, then you may be consuming too many carbohydrates, but similarly, if you are struggling to lose weight, then you may not be getting enough. There is a fine balance that is personal to you!

It is important to be aware, especially with the surging popularity of “low-Carb” diets,  that the long-term restriction of carbohydrates can put unnecessary stress on your body. this stress will likely be reflected in a rise in your stress hormone Cortisol (Cortisol Blog Coming SOON!)

Thanks for reading 🙂

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