Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal BMI is 24.9.
Natural Weight Loss
Prepare To Be Scared
Every choice you make in your life impacts your chemistry: where you live, how long you sleep, whether or not you have kids, what you do (or don’t do) for exercise, who’s dumping what into your water supply.
We can’t change everything, but we do have a great deal of power over what we put in our mouths, on our skin, and in our minds.
First, let’s take a look at what’s causing all these problems.
Be prepared to be scared.
When I first found out, I certainly was.
Once you know what you’re up against, you’ll learn how to restore your metabolism and put your fat-burning hormones to work again.
How You Got This Way
I bet you know at least one person who can eat everything in sight and still struggle to keep the weight on.
The woman who lost 60 pregnancy pounds in a month.
The guy who puts away 3 burgers at a time, but still wears the same jeans he wore in high school.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t do that.
My metabolism won’t allow it.
So where did my slowpoke metabolism come from and how do I change it?
Can I please just blame my parents and be done with it?
Isn’t it all in the genes?
Genes are only part of the picture – some scientists estimate that genes are responsible for 30% of the risk of obesity, while others say 70%.
But all agree the real answer is how our genes express themselves, and that’s based on what’s happening in our environment.
When we starve ourselves on diets, eat processed foods, surround ourselves with toxins, work beyond the point of exhaustion, all of these choices influence the way our metabolisms process food, burn calories, and regulate weight.
To learn how to use this plan to correct our biochemistry, we have to understand how our hormones have already been manipulated.
Warning: Some of the stuff you’ll read here isn’t going to be pretty.
But we have to know what we’re up against before we can fight back.
Endocrine Disruptors: A Search-And-Destroy Mission
You now know your metabolism is made up of different hormones.
When these hormones are functioning normally, everything’s just fine – your muscles use the right amount of blood sugar, your insulin stays stable, your thyroid hums along normally.
Everything’s in balance, burning off energy as you take it in.
But when those hormone levels start getting funky and one goes south, the rest scratch their heads and go, “Huh?”
Then they try to sort things out for themselves.
Each gland starts over- or under-producing its hormone in a desperate attempt to get back to homeostasis.
And that’s when the pounds pile on.
Anything that gets in the way of your body’s normal hormone functioning means trouble for your metabolism.
An endocrine disruptor is any substance or influence that somehow alters the way your body’s hormones usually work.
They may increase, decrease, or change the normal activity of hormones in a number of ways, including
>Mimicking a hormone and clicking into a receptor, setting it off as if it were the hormone itself
>Blocking a real hormone from having access to its receptor
>Increasing or decreasing the number of hormone receptors in certain parts of your body
>Changing the amount of a specific hormone that’s produced
>Impacting the speed at which the hormones are processed in your body
Any of these actions can set up a chain of events.
For example, let’s say your body absorbs bisphenol A, a chemical that’s been shown to leach out of polycarbonate plastic containers into the liquids they hold.
Studies have found that those estrogens zoom into your body and, within as little as 30 minutes, decrease blood sugar levels and sharply increase insulin levels.
After just 4 days of exposure, that BPA stimulates your pancreas to secrete more insulin and your body starts to become insulin-resistant.
Now consider the fact that we have more than 1000 additive chemicals in our packaging and food processing.
Think of how many other plastics hit your lips or your food in one day – the Styrofoam coffee cup, the squeeze bottle of salad dressing, the cling wrap around your leftovers, the liner in a can of soup, the microwavable bag of vegetables.
Think of the scents in your laundry detergent and the chlorine bleach in your bathroom scrub.
The ChemLawn truck parked in front of your neighbor’s house.
Can you see how a tiny little problem might start to snowball?
This diet and lifestyle program is all about stopping the endocrine-disrupting snowball before it picks up new problems, careens downhill, and destroys everything in its path.
As with nearly everything in our overbloated society, one of the reasons we’re getting so fat is because of the way we consume.
We purchase in bulk.
We want things to be cheap.
We want them to last forever on the shelf.
All of this comes at a hefty cost to our health.
We’ll take a look at some of the factors that might set the snowball off on its rapid and destructive descent in the next post.
Come join me on my weight loss journey! I’d love to have you along!
Have an awesome day!
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