Seven Special Secrets for WEIGHT LOSS in 2017
by Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS
As we begin this New Year, many take part in an age-old tradition and make a resolution for the year ahead. Quite commonly, this resolution has an underlying theme of health. Maybe you want to see a certain number on the scale. Perhaps you’d like to incorporate several exercise sessions into your weekly routine. Or maybe it’s as simple as that you just want to feel better.
If you’ve become frustrated because you notice that you set a weight loss goal each year and never seem to achieve it, you are not alone. Weight loss long ago made its name as one of the most common New Year’s resolutions. Each year, the gyms are noticeably packed. The produce aisle is buzzing with shoppers. But then after a few months, it trails off…why?
Because the best intended plans, backed by the most effective diet and detox, simply can’t work to their full potential if you aren’t addressing hidden factors for your weight gain. More so, these hidden factors can’t be addressed if you don’t know what they are. So, you give it your all, don’t see results, feel defeated, taper off and begin again the next year with optimism that might be dwindling.
In my new book, The New Fat Flush Plan, I address, in detail, the top 10 hidden weight gain factors. I’ve hand selected seven that I bet you weren’t aware of.
Stalled weight loss is incredibly frustrating, I know, but this year it will be different. This year you’ll address and correct these hidden weight gain factors and eliminate the roadblocks to looking and feeling your best, once and for all.
#1: Fear of Eating Fat
If the label says low-fat or no-fat, do not pick it up. Contrary to what was once a popular belief, eating fats does not correlate to more fat on your body. Eating the right fats, that is. Of course, you also can’t eat unlimited quantities. Eating the correct portions of these delicious fats will help you end unhealthy cravings, keep you feeling full longer, increase your energy and, yes—help you lose weight.
The explanation for this is that fat is the body’s preferred fuel. In fact, every cell in your body is protected by a membrane that’s largely com¬posed of fat. Even your brain is 60 percent fat. This is precisely why when you consume a high-carb, low-fat diet, your body reacts by craving fat.
When it comes to which fats to pick and which fats to ditch, stay away from canola, corn and soybean oil—they are generally GMOs and loaded with chemicals from commercial processing. Also avoid low- or no-fat dairy, and stock up on oils made from avocado, coconut, olive and flax; no-salt added nuts and seeds; avocado; and full-fat grass-fed dairy products.
#2: “Fat” that Isn’t Fat
You may be surprised to know that you could be carrying 10 to 15 pounds of water weight on your body. This waterlogged tissue won’t be eliminated with diet and exercise, so it sticks around disguised as fat. What causes it?
The most common reason is food sensitivities. Try elimination diets of the most common allergens including dairy, sugar, yeast, wheat, and consider having an allergy test done. Another reason, ironically, is that you’re consuming inadequate quantities of water (shoot for eight glasses of water or cranberry-water per day). Two other likely culprits are hormones that are out of balance and medications like birth control pills, ERT and HRT.
#3: Your Tired, Toxic Liver
Your liver is your BFF for fat-burning and detoxifying your system, but when it’s overwhelmed by toxins, it stops performing to its full potential. Some great ways to get your liver back in top-tip shape are to take inventory of all your medications, watch your caffeine and fructose intake, consume 35 grams of fiber each day, and stay away from trans-fat and artificial sweeteners.
Many of us lead stressful lives these days, but slowing down isn’t a luxury—it’s critical for your health. When you’re stressed, your hypothalamus signals the nearby pituitary gland to release adreno-corticotropic hormone (ACTH), prompting the adrenal gland to send out stress hormones including high levels of cortisol. Even after your stress eases, your cortisol remains high and your appetite increases while your body tries to replenish this fuel. The next time you’re stressed, this cycle continues.
#5: Tuckered-Out Thyroid
Think of your thyroid as the ignition for your metabolism that can turn it on or off. Give your thyroid the love it needs and rev up your metabolism with coconut oil that boosts thyroid function by 50 percent.
I also recommend increasing your iodine intake by eating more sea vegetables. Steer clear from those sourced from Japan, as the water is, unfortunately, contaminated with toxic radiation due to the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
It might sound unusual, but parasites that you don’t know you have could be keeping you from losing weight. International travel, consumption of raw or undercooked food (at home or abroad), and daycares are just a few of the likely sources where you can unknowingly pick up parasites. Parasite testing can be done, but the especially sneaky critters aren’t always identified on tests, so I recommend completing a colon cleanse one to two times yearly to be proactive and safe.
#7: Missing Magnesium
Magnesium is the superstar of minerals — and incredibly overlooked. When it comes to weight loss, it’s what turns your food into fuel. When your levels are lagging, your body is also unequipped to trigger efficient fat burning.
How do we end up with low levels? A primo detox mineral, magnesium, is constantly being used to counteract stressors to the body like food allergies, prescription drugs and heavy metal exposure. Plus, even if you’re taking a supplement that contains magnesium, the amount often falls short. Aim for an intake of 400 to 1,000 mg of magnesium daily, ensuring to maintain the optimum 2:1 magnesium to calcium ratio.
For 2017, let’s not count calories, fat grams, or carbohydrates. Let’s count on the hidden weight gain factors instead.
Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS is an award-winning author and highly respected health pioneer who has spent her career continually breaking ground in traditional and holistic health. Her over 30 published books include New York Times bestsellers The Fat Flush Plan and Before the Change. A Columbia University graduate, Gittleman has been recognized as one of the top ten nutritionists in the country by Self magazine and has received the American Medical Writers Association award for excellence.