What we weigh is not about being skinny or fat, it is about optimising our health, improving the quality of our health. How do we optimise out future health? By minimising the potential for chronic disease.
It is well recognised that diets don’t work for long term weight loss. With so many different weight loss plans and ‘diets’ available online and in the media it’s not surprising that people can be left feeling confused and bewildered. Research now shows that many people who go on a diet or who have tried many diets will end up regaining the weight they lose. You probably also know that eat-less-food-exercise-more approach doesn’t work for everyone.
There are many factors beyond food and exercise that influence weight management, such as:
- Poor sleep. Lack of sleep causes further changes to hormones that drive appetite.
- Chronic inflammation. Low-grade inflammation—particularly from poor gut health—is also linked to weight gain.
- Hormonal fluctuations. These can make it more difficult to lose weight, particularly around menopause.
- Stress. High levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, can lead to weight-loss resistance.
- Toxicity. Toxins are stored in fat cells, so a high degree of toxicity can make your body reluctant to release excess weight.
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