THE UPS AND DOWNS AND UPS AND EVEN HIGHER-UPS
Gaining and regaining weight can be a scary ride. You lose weight, and then whoosh, the numbers on the scale shoot up. So you hold your breath and determine to lose it. 20 pounds up. 20 down. 30 up. 15 down. You’ve lost and gained more pounds than you can remember. It adds up. Up is a downer. Down makes you feel up. The numbers go up. Hope shoots down. According to studies, anywhere from 80% to 95% of people who lose weight regain it. And when you regain lost weight, you’re actually going to gain a higher percentage of fat mass than you started with. You want to scream.
OFF THE RAILS; CALORIES DROPPING PRECIPITOUSLY
Crash diets, are more like crash and burn. (So don’t burn all your “fat” clothes). One reason weight regain happens after some of these crash diets, is because the often extreme diet responsible for the initial weight loss is too difficult to sustain long term. To compound the issue, many crash dieters can become preoccupied with food and disconnected from their internal hunger and fullness cues, which can also lead to weight regain. As soon as you start losing weight, your body suddenly wants it all back. It can’t tell the difference between intentional weight loss and being struck by famine. So it goes into survivor mode, lowering your metabolism and stimulating your appetite to preserve fat stores. Not for the faint-hearted.
IT DOES A LOT MORE THAN SEND CHILLS UP YOUR SPINE
Weight lifts and plunges can lead to some frightening health issues, too.
Your heart races. Literally. All the time. Which elevates your blood pressure and can put you at an elevated risk for heart disease and strokes.
Your cholesterol skyrockets. High LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides (Dyslipidemia) make things even worse.
It gets you to your bones. Osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.
You feel like you can’t move. Body pain and difficulty with physical functioning.
Your insides feel inside out. You can’t sleep. You can end up deep in depression or other mood disorders.
You feel like you’ve run out of energy. Type 2 diabetes is an impairment in the way the body regulates and uses sugar (glucose) as a fuel.
Chronic weight loss and gain can actually lead to obesity, which is linked to more than 60 chronic diseases.
YOUR HORMONES ARE IN THE HEAD CAR
Hormones are the tiny messengers in your body that carry information through your bloodstream to all the other parts of your body. They tell organs and tissues what to do, how to do it, and for how long. Every day, the brain receives signals from a team of hormones produced by different parts of the body, such as your stomach and intestines, called appetite hormones. Both your brain and these hormones contribute to the reasons you eat—for hunger, for pleasure, or simply because you decide to.
THE HUNGRY GAMES
The team of hunger hormones lifting and plunging to make you keep losing and regaining the weight you lost include:
Called the “stress hormone”, increased levels can cause an increase in appetite and cravings for sweets, high-fat and salty foods.
Leptin is the “satiety hormone” which is supposed to tell your brain you don’t need to eat and can burn calories at a normal rate.
As Leptin levels decrease in response to calorie deprivation, levels of ghrelin, considered the “hunger hormone”, increase, stimulating appetite, increasing food intake, and making weight loss all the more challenging.
This is a reason why you may feel the instinct to eat “comfort food” like chocolate or ice cream during stressful times.
When a “sluggish” or underactive thyroid makes less of its hormones, your metabolism slows down so you won’t burn off calories as quickly.
Estrogen and Progesterone
When one or both levels fall, you will not only have a difficult time losing weight, but you will see your weight increase, despite your best efforts.
Unexplained weight gain is one of the first symptoms men experience, as low testosterone can affect how your body stores fat, especially around your stomach.
LOSE. LOSE MORE. LOSE MORE THAN YOU THOUGHT POSSIBLE. STAY THERE. FROM THEREON.
Calories matter, more to some people than others, but hormones matter more. And no one knows more about hormones and their stomach-churning, confidence plunging effect on losing and regaining weight over and over, than the understanding medical weight loss experts at Thrive Health Solutions. Thrive offers many individualized and highly effective weight loss plans that can help you lose from ½ to 1 lb. daily. Without starving. Thrive’s weight loss options include pharmaceutical HCG injections, custom-compounded fat-burning lipotropic injections, custom-compounded anti-obesity AOD64 capsules, and FDA-approved appetite suppressants. Thrive is all about finding what’s right for you. So they work closely with you to maximize your weight loss. And make sure you keep it off. Text or Call Thrive Health Solutions for an appointment now.