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
Resetting Your Hormones
So, Jillian channeled all her energy she previously put into slashing and burning calories into this new obsession.
She began studying the science of anti-aging, meeting with the best toxicology experts and endocrinologists around the country.
She started to learn about environmental toxins and their effects on your body.
She got into organics.
She dug up the most obscure research, tried it out, and saw what didn’t work – and what did.
She began to understand why she’d always struggled with her weight, and how she’d made it so much harder than it should’ve been.
She learned burning the candle at both ends and her unhealthy obsession with dieting and food restrictions had really done a number on her hormones and her metabolism.
Realization #1: Since she was 14, her entire diet had consisted of foods with the word free in them: fat-free lunch meat, carb-free bread, sugar-free yogurt.
In other words, nonfoods, Frankenfoods, creepy-scary processed foods.
To her horror, she learned that synthetic chemicals in these “foods” talked to her cells on a DNA level.
They could even switch on fat-storage genes that might have lain dormant had she just eaten an apple instead of the Apple-icious Sugar-Free Chemi-Cookies.
And, naturally, all of these foods were packaged in plastics that sent out even more endocrine-disrupting messages to her body!
Realization #2: The extreme version of the “calories in, calories out” equation she’d lived and dieted by came back to slap fat on her butt.
The equation remained the same; the numbers had just gotten smaller.
She saw that her years of calorie restriction had trashed her resting metabolic rate by helping deplete her already weak thyroid.
Realization #3: The Accutane she’d taken for 6 months in her early 20s – 6 or 7 years before she saw symptoms – had possibly suppressed her testosterone levels and helped her become estrogen-dominant, which gave her those hideous splotches on her face she’d been peeling ever since.
Not to mention all the lost calorie burning from a testosterone shortage!
Realization #4: She’d been sleeping 5 hours a night while preaching to her clients to get to bed earlier.
“Good sleep has been linked to weight loss,” she’d tell them, as she ignored her own advice.
Now she realized she’d been cheating herself out of the fat-burning, muscle-building hormones her body would’ve released had she actually been home in bed instead of out on the town, pounding sugar-free Red Bulls.
On and on it went – every discovery about hormone balance pointed to something she’d gotten wrong in her diet, her supplements, her lifestyle.
Finally, it all made sense.
It wasn’t her genetics that had screwed her; she’d screwed herself by burning the candle at both ends and living on processed diet foods, artificial sweeteners, sugar alcohols, and caffeine.
What a train wreck.
To say she was crushed is an understatement.
How many years, how many thousands of extra hours in the gym, had she logged because she didn’t know how to protect her hormones?
How much incredibly disgusting diet food had she eaten, believing it was helping her stay skinny – when it was really making her fatter?
She knew she needed to stop seeing food as an enemy, and instead start learning about it as fuel for a long and healthy life.
It was this realization that turned the light on for her.
For her own sanity, she had to find a way to turn her mistakes into a learning opportunity for others.
Once she hit on just the right combination of elements, she started to see results very quickly.
Pounds started to fall off without having to spend hours in the gym.
Whereas before she would have to be meticulous and watch every single calorie, now she could eat normally, not be hungry, and stop obsessing about food.
She had the body she always wanted – and she felt healthier and more energetic than she had her entire life.
How did she do it?
She started to recognize and appreciate how hormones affect every single bodily process, 24-7.
Of course the food she was eating, the schedule she was keeping, and the stress she was enduring were all affecting her hormones.
Through trial and error, lots of consultations with experts, and tons of research, she tweaked her entire life to help reset those hormones and optimize their levels, so they could function the way nature intended them to.
And now it’s your turn to do the same.
Come join me on my weight loss journey! I’d love to have you along!
Have an awesome day!
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Dick and Lenay
email: Lenay@dickandlenay.com – 715-431-0657