Even with a good diet and exercise, other “roadblocks” make weight loss difficult or seemingly impossible. No doubt, weight loss has become more complicated in our stress and toxin-filled lives. A good diet and exercise program is the foundation for losing weight, but sometimes there are other issues that make it more difficult. If you have been struggling with weight loss, read on and be aware of these 4 roadblocks:
You could have a Hormone Imbalance…
If you are “out of balance” hormonally, your body will hold on to more fat and retain more fluid by stimulating fat cells with the wrong messages. Constant stress causes the body to run out of reserves to make cortisol, a stress hormone. When this happens, the body converts your fat-burning hormone, progesterone into cortisol. When you have depleted, the hormone estrogen becomes dominant which causes the body to hold on to fat and retain fluid, making it harder to lose weight! In addition, it can negatively affect your emotions, PMS symptoms, depression, anxiety and motivation.
Solution: Natural hormone balancing creams can provide relief and begin working in as little as a few days, or within your monthly cycle. A time-released delivery system is important because it mimics the way our body releases hormones and plant-based creams do not interfere with medications.
It could be poor digestion
Incomplete breakdown of food will deprive your body’s cells of nutrients. This will “starve” the cells and has two effects:
- Your body sends out strong cravings messages because it thinks it is starving.
- It is much less likely to release fat while you diet for the very same reason.
Some women may not know that after the age of 25, we lose the ability to effectively digest certain foods (especially proteins). When food is not being digested properly and nutrients are not effectively absorbed, it can harm cellular health, thus the overall health of the body.
Solution: Seek a good digestive enzyme that helps break down carbohydrates, proteins and fats in the stomach and in the small intestine. This will vastly improve the absorption of nutrients, helping your cells “feel full” and allowing them to release excess fat. It also helps eliminate certain cravings, too, so you reach your weight loss goals faster!
It Could be Your Lymphatic System
With all the processed foods, beverages and toxins we take in, our lymphatic system can back up, especially with a lack of exercise. This system keeps our body clean and removes toxins by filtering them out of our blood. The lymph system not only protects our bodies from cancers and other diseases, it keeps us looking lean in the arms and legs when it’s removing old lymph and fluids efficiently. If you’re retaining water, struggle with cellulite, or store fat unevenly, your lymph system is not working as efficiently as it could.
Solution: An effective way to rid these cellulite-causing toxins from our bodies is to drain the lymph nodes near the main drainage areas of the body (upper chest and lower groin). An FDA approved device such as Synergie® moves your toxic lymph, breaks down and reduces the appearance of cellulite, reducing inches so you feel more confident with your body.
It Could be a Toxic Liver
The liver has the greatest regenerative capacity of any organ in the body, but with the amount of toxins we take in daily, it can struggle to keep up. When this happens, the job of breaking down fat and processing hormones is interrupted and can vastly impede weight loss. Detoxifying the liver while reducing your exposure to toxins can help you lose weight more efficiently.
Solution: A high-quality liver detox will detoxify your blood and liver easily and naturally with no harsh side effects. This will revitalize healthy liver function by ridding your body of pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics while reducing the toxic burden on your body. Even though this seems like a small change, it will lighten the load of toxins going into the body so that it can clean them out faster.