Here are my Top Roadblocks to Effective and Healthy weight loss (in no particular order)
1. Poor Relationship with Food.
It does not matter what you are eating or when you eat it, if you have a poor relationship with food, you are not likely to be able to lose those extra pounds. Get in touch with your Self and your food. Develop a healthy relationship with food first, then worry about the rest of this list.
2. Poor nutrition.
You will never out-train bad nutrition. Stop cutting calories, stop skipping meals, stop eating processed foods, and seek the services of someone, like yours truly, who can coach you on how to determine how you should be eating. Basically, stop eating C.R.A.P. Yes, that is actually an acronym (courtesy of Dr. Sherri Rogers) which stands for C = caffeine, cola, and corn. I actually added corn to the C list. In my experience, a large percentage of people are intolerant to corn when tested accurately with blood tests. Corn is universally contaminated in the U.S. and is almost completely genetically modified at this point and is nutritionally bankrupt. It is also the most highly subsidized crop in the world. You can find corn in batteries and diapers – yes, I am serious. How ridiculous is that?! R = Refined foods; A = additives and alcohol; and P = processed foods. All of these foods will serve to make you fatter and it will not matter how much exercise or cardio you do – I say again – you cannot out train bad nutrition.
3. Dysglycemia (this is a MAJOR roadblock to any health or fitness related goal)
An entire book can be written on this issue, but suffice it to say, if you are not effectively regulating your blood sugar – forget about weight loss. Dysglycemia (blood sugar handling issues) will literally effect every major organ and glandular system in the body – particularly the thyroid gland. Learning to effectively regulate blood sugar is one of the first things that must be done to kick start any weight loss or health program of any kind. To do this effectively, one must know what, how, and when to feed themselves to match effectively match the energy demands that are being placed on their body day to day, week to week, month to month, and even year to year.
4. Improper exercise/Overtraining.
Many “weekend warriors” are over exposing themselves to cardiovascular exercise and are simply overtraining. Remember, “work out” means that you have to expend energy to get the job done. If you are already running on empty, working “out” will only serve as an additional energy drain on the system. Exercise is a physical stressor and can easily push the body into a state of breakdown if nutrition and lifestyle factors are not in place to optimize recovery time and elicit the “training effect.”
5. You are doing way too much cardio.
I have a previous post on the detrimental aspects of traditional cardiovascular training. An over reliance on traditional cardiovascular exercise will actually create a hormonal environment that is not conducive to building muscle and/or losing fat. You can read my post on the detrimental aspects of cardio in my post entitled Why Cardio Sucks.
6. You are cutting calories or skipping meals.
Consider this when using calorie cutting to achieve your weight loss goals:Within 24 hours of going on a low calorie diet, which is defined as eating less than 2000 calories per day (according to the World Health Organization), you immediately deplete your brain chemistry and have been shown to increase fat storing (lipogenic) enzymes in the body. This is particularly important for females who already have 3 times the amount of fat storing (lipolytic) enzymes as fat burning ones. Any changes in brain chemistry will lead to cravings. “Low calorie” and “low carb” dieting is especially damaging for anyone with a history of depression, anxiety, eating disorders or alcoholism. Remember, all of this occurs after a single day. Anyone with a history of chronic yo-yo dieting or long-term use of most medications is most certainly going to have severe nutritional deficiencies of some kind.
7. Poor mental environment.
You must have a positive frame of mind when making nutritional and lifestyle modifications if they are to be part of a lasting change. If you start a new exercise or nutritional program with a poor attitude and thoughts of what you are giving up or losing by making the necessary changes, you are doomed from the start.
8. Lack of Quiet Time.
Quiet time is necessary for introspection so that you can get very clear about what you want and why you want it. No quiet time means you have no time for introspection, which means all you are doing day in and day out is pouring yourself out. This will lead you to being very fatigued. I recommend sitting quietly in a dark room (alone) and just breathe and be a witness to your thoughts for at least 20-30 minutes per day!
9. Thyroid Dysfunction.
The thyroid is a key regulator of metabolism. The gland is responsible for respiration at a cellular level. That cellular respiration is what all higher biological processes are built upon. When dysfunctional, this gland will serve as a major roadblock to weight loss success. The function of the gland is also related to the function of the hypothalamus, liver, pancreas, adrenals, gonads, and digestive tract. There are 6 different types of thyroid dysfunction with 22 different patterns that can occur. Identifying the root of the thyroid issue is to regulating this all-important gland’s function.
10. Hormonal Imbalances (goes hand-in-hand with No. 9).
Forget about losing weight in the presence of hormonal issues (of any kind). It simply will not happen. Here’s a hint – if you are experiencing issues/symptoms related to hormonal imbalance (fatigue, weight gain, irritability, depression, mood swings, etc.), or you have been diagnosed with a clinical hormonal imbalance – you are likely dealing with dysglycemia and thyroid issues as well.
11. Poor Detoxification Capacity.
The body stores toxins in fat. If you have a history of eating the Standard American Diet (loaded with toxins), your detoxification system is likely overloaded. Even those with seemingly “healthy” diets can easily overload the detoxification system. With that, you are likely to not have the nutrition on board to run the primary and secondary detoxification pathways efficiently. When this is the case, the body will not allow you to burn fat to prevent the further overloading the detoxification system. This is obviously not good for your fat loss goals.
12. Poor Sleep.
The body handles its’ physical and neurogenic/psychogenic repair during the hours between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Poor and disrupted sleep can lead to issues in virtually any physiological system in the body. Poor sleep can also lead to over consumption of carbohydrates, stimulant (caffeine, sugar, etc.) cravings, fatigue, and poor mood to name a few. These will all sabotage your weight loss efforts.
If you are dehydrated, this can lead to a decrease in detoxification capacity (among other things). If chronic in nature and coupled with constipation (very common in my experience), dehydration can very easily lead to a process known as auto-intoxication. This, in turn, can lead to just about any symptom you can think of on a daily basis, including, but not limited to an inability to lose unwanted pounds.
All of the above basically constitute a damaged metabolism. THAT is the reason that most people cannot lose (or gain for that matter) weight. Learning to feed yourself to match the energy demands that you place on your body and physiology is what will create an environment that will allow the body to heal metabolism and optimize weight.
Well, there you have them (again, in no particular order). SOME of the reasons you are not losing weight.
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