Our weight – perhaps the most popular topic that preoccupies most of us nowadays.
We are surrounded by reminders all the time in the media that we should be thinner and the need to lose weight. Ongoing diets and weight loss methods, albeit fads, are so hard to miss.
In a society that is far more fatter than the previous generation, we need to ask is it just the decreased inactivity from excessive IT use or is it something deeper that is limiting our weight loss?
Certain triggers have been identified as playing a vital role in weight management or body FAT programs.
Today we will focus on the top 10, but these are by no mean the only triggers.
Understanding these 10 triggers will help provide you with a greater understanding of why your body has held onto weight, despite the best diet or workout routine.
Once you understand the trigger that is causing the FAT programs to be switched ON in your body, then switching OFF the fat storage mode will be far easier.
So let’s see which of the following 10 FAT PROGRAM TRIGGERS have been causing you to hold onto excess weight:
1. CHRONIC DIETING
As one of the most prescribed ways to lose weight, many people don’t realize that restrictive dieting could actually be perpetuating their weight problem. You’ve unintentionally put your body into what’s referred to as a ‘famine state’ – a situation where your body feels the need to ‘conserve’ for difficult times ahead.
While fat might seem like your worst enemy, in certain circumstances, your body sees gaining and storing fat as the best way to ‘protect’ you.
Emotional turmoil and stress caused by not being fulfilled emotionally can activate chemistry in the body that causes weight gain.
If your emotional life is activating your FAT programs and keeping you from achieving your ideal weight, you are most likely troubled by one or more of the important relationships in your life.
And how does that cause weight gain? Without boundaries, you feel helpless, as though life is happening to you, and both food and fat can shield you from the daily emotional onslaught you have to deal with. Insecurities act like chronic stress that spikes your cortisol levels and tells your body to store fat.
You’ve heard this before … You are what you think!
If you think you’re unable to lose weight, your thoughts could be holding you back.
Your logical mind takes the sum of all your experiences with diets and exercises and forms a very strong belief that there is no hope, that you’re lost, and that you’re destined to struggle forever.
This is absolutely NOT true, and you can totally transform your body no matter what.
Whatever your beliefs are, they are shaping your reality, and if you don’t believe that you can lose weight, you won’t. Not now, not ever.
So how do you change those beliefs?
You need to reflect on when and where your beliefs actually began. Most of the times your beliefs are not actually your own but instead inherited beliefs from those closet to us, such as your parents or friends.
For instance, low self-esteem from not being encouraged or bullied as a child can have lasting and destructive effects in adulthood.
4. LIFESTYLE STRESS
There is no denying that stress is a huge component. The best diet or workout routine will have little effect on overall weight loss if this not addressed
Many people in the modern world experience stress regularly in their professional and personal lives. Chronic stress can have many negative effects on your health, including weight gain.
Whether your stress is emotional, physical, or buried in your unconscious mind, your body reacts the exact same way.
It releases cortisol into your body. Elevated cortisol levels turn your FAT programs ON and not only cause you to gain weight but simultaneously make it impossible for you to lose weight.
For you to be successful with weight loss, you must identify the root causes of your problem, and then use treatments such as visualizations, meditation, or healing therapies to tell your body that you’re now safe, strong and protected.
In my clinic, I use my extensive knowledge of herbs and supplements to correct how body organs ‘communicate’ with each other by supporting individual function of the organs (such as adrenals, thyroid, brain, gut, liver, and ovaries/testes) so that they feel ‘safe’ because their needs are being met (albeit from nutrients and corrected chemical reactions and messaging).
This results in an internal calmness which switches the FAT programs OFF.
Side effects of certain medications include weight gain, especially those that are steroid-based as well as certain antidepressants, antibiotics, oral contraceptives, and analgesics.
Many medications can cause adverse hormonal changes. Also, the toxins in medicinal drugs can add to your toxic load, strain your liver, inflame your gut, and make it more difficult for your body to burn fat.
Your body responds to toxicity by using fat as a physical barrier between the toxins and your bloodstream. The more toxins you have, the more fat your body creates to protect you.
A damaged or ‘leaky gut’ can increase overall inflammation to leach into the body, putting a strain on all organs and create pain in the joints limiting a person’s ability to exercise.
Now let me be clear … it’s important to not stop any medication – seek the advice of a trained professional firsthand.
In the meantime, you can start to make a positive change in your diet and life. After a while, you may no longer need the medication that’s been making you put on excess weight.
6. POOR NUTRITION
When you don’t get enough nutrients from the food you eat, your digestion gets impaired and your body experiences a ‘nutritional famine’ which causes you to keep eating until that nutrient need is satisfied.
In an attempt to beat the ‘nutritional famine’, you might experience non-stop food cravings that turn many people on to sugary sweets and processed carbohydrates in an attempt to satiate their hunger.
Over time, a high-sugar diet takes its toll on the body and leads to insulin resistance (or worse, type II diabetes). When your body is ‘insulin resistant’, it means that you need more and more insulin for the same effect (insulin balances your blood sugar). And since insulin is the fat-storing hormone, more insulin means more fat.
7. PAST TRAUMA
If you haven’t resolved trauma experienced in the past, your body could be using weight as a coping mechanism.
Most likely, your body is trying to ‘protect’ you from the emotional pain (which it is unable to differentiate from physical pain) by gaining weight.
When you lose someone you love, are abused, extremely hurt or experience unthinkable loss, your body can react by shielding you from the world with fat as its protection mechanism, just like a suit of armour.
8. POOR DIGESTION
When your digestion system isn’t functioning properly, your body can’t absorb essential nutrients and can go into ‘starvation’ mode – causing weight gain, inflammation, and other health complications.
Most people who experience poor digestion are undernourished, dehydrated, and lacking in essential friendly bacteria and digestive enzymes – or suffering from a mix of all of them.
Our modern diet of highly-processed and cooked foods is a recipe for digestion-disaster and negatively affects the health of millions of people each year.
When our digestion is impaired as a result of a poor diet, our bodies are no longer able to access nutrients, so they suffer from a nutritional famine, making our bodies feel ‘unsafe’ since they become unsure about the possibility of actually getting the correct food supply from our environment.
When our bodies are starved for nutrients, they remain in perpetual fat storage mode.
Our hunger increases which encourages us to go out and fetch food, but only results in impossible weight loss.
9. SLEEP APNOEA
If you suffer from sleep apnoea, most likely you rarely get a full, rejuvenating, good night’s sleep.
This happens because you stop breathing, sometimes hundreds of times a night, often without even realizing it. Your breathing gets interrupted because the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses and cuts off the airway.
This condition affects overweight people more because their neck is heavier, and the weight of the neck then collapses the airway. Sleep apnea reduces blood oxygen to dangerously low levels, so your body is starving for oxygen.
So how does this make you fat?
You become chronically exhausted, which increases your cortisol levels that cause junk food cravings, and almost guarantees weight gain.
It’s a vicious cycle – sleep apnoea makes you fatter, and the fatter you get, the worse your sleep apnoea becomes.
This is why it’s absolutely essential to get tested and treated for it in order to lose weight.
Toxins from your environment and diet are stored in your fat cells. The more toxins you have, the more fat your body creates in order to keep them from being released in your body.
Most likely you’ve been exposed to toxins from your environment, diet, and maybe some other not-so-obvious sources. You can be exposed to toxins through pesticides found in non-organic plant and animal foods, prescription or over-the-counter medications, the fermentation and commercial processing of alcohol, or the commonly known cigarette smoke or pollution. Even certain jobs can be toxic to the body via inhaled chemicals, such as painters, gardeners and nail technicians.
So what do toxins have to do with weight gain?
When more toxins enter your body than you can eliminate, your body stores the excess in fat cells to create a buffer between the toxins and your bloodstream. Your body essentially gains and holds onto weight in an attempt to keep you ‘safe’ from these poisons.
So which of the 10 FAT programs is triggered and set to ON in your body, consequently causing you to hold onto excess weight?
**If you’ve got this far – thank you for reading and I look forward to bringing you more information in the future.
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