People frequently enroll in a Stronger-Leaner-Better Personal Program to shed weight, increase their energy levels, and feel much better. They’ve usually tried the traditional combination of calorie restriction and surplus cardio. Their diets often include a good deal of shakes, bars, and other processed foods.

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This approach frequently contributes to short term weight loss, followed by the inevitable rebound. Once the rally happens, frustration sets in, followed by another bout of calorie restriction and cardio. The truth is that tired old approach does not work as it doesn’t tackle the inherent function of three key body systems. If you wish to finally lose weight and keep it off in a wholesome way, you want an integrated approach to getting healthy. For most people there’s no simple, single solution for losing weight, all three body systems will need to be dealt with together with a program incorporating intelligent exercise and lifestyle changes.

If you are using fad diets and spending mindless hours at the gym, you will eventually hit the wall. The hormonal system modulates your metabolic rate and regulates how you burn off body fat. The digestive system supplies you with all the nutrients you will need to burn off body fat. And the detox system helps keep you from storing excess fat.

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Most weight problems are caused by years of bad lifestyle choices like eating crappy processed foods and not getting enough sleep. These lifestyle problems include hormone imbalances, digestive difficulty, and detoxification issues. Most weight gain can be traced to the adrenal hormones, known and the stress hormones. The adrenal hormone cortisol, famous for its pivotal role in responding to stress, also promotes the burning of body fat, helps regulate emotions, and counters inflammation – all part of the body’s “fight or flight” reaction to threatening situations.

Cortisol levels rise under stress, but if stress continues with no rest for healing, which is common nowadays, the adrenal glands become exhausted and cortisol levels fall. This has a chain-reaction effect on metabolism, slowing down your metabolic rate. The result: a milder you. The more stress you are under, the more body fat you shop.

Anxiety factor

With anxiety, a surge of cortisol prepares the body to fight off an attack or flee. For millennia this mechanism operated under conditions that would be followed by long periods of relaxation and complete recovery. Today, however, we’re basically locked in a 24/7″fight or flight” state. Poor diets, lack of exercise and sleep, and long work hours leave your body in a chronic state of anxiety, with many restorative functions lagging behind. Adrenal fatigue leaves people feeling exhausted and lethargic.

Muscle and joint work, causing a succession of aches, pains, and injuries. Reversing adrenal burnout needs a well-designed exercise program, improved sleep habits and stress reduction. If left unchecked, changes in cortisol have a deep effect on the sex hormones, resulting in problems in women like PMS, and also to low sex drive in both men and women. The next body , the digestive system may be known as the”mother” system as it feeds your body the nutrients you will need to function.

Keep in mind

A perfectly working digestive system is an important first step in any weight loss plan, as your body has to absorb proteins, key vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids to correctly regulate metabolism and burn off fat. In many patients I’ve treated, weight gain was connected to hidden infections from the GI tract. Sensitivity to gluten (found in many grains) is the most frequent food response triggering hormone imbalance and weight gain, yet it often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. If untreated, gluten intolerance may bring low energy, depression, obesity, and diabetes in addition to high risk of osteoporosis.

Detoxification pathways remove dangerous chemicals generated from normal body functions like physical exertion and breathing. If you’re taking in more toxins than you can flush out through the liver, kidneys, stool, and epidermis, you’ll have a backlog of waste products in the body which may cause a range of symptoms such as fatigue, skin problems, irritability and poor concentration or memory. Toxic build-up also results in weight loss resistance.

Toxins are stored in fat tissue on your body. People that are obese will continue to fat tissue tenaciously in an effort to protect the body from the damage that would result from the release of these toxins that are stored. Toxins build up in the body as by-products of what you eat like alcohol, prescription drugs and over the counter drugs.

Final note

Additionally in your everyday life you’re exposed to environmental toxins from the air, food and water supply. These compounds accumulate over the course of your life and contribute to over-burdening the liver detoxification pathways. All three body systems – hormonal, digestive, and detoxification – could be improved by using the principles of the Stronger-Leaner-Better Programs. Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. Reduce stress with relaxing activities like yoga, tai chi and walking. Make certain that you get enough high quality protein (3-5 oz ) at every meal. Look for lean, organic meats as your main protein source. And last but not least get regular exercise.