This is most definitely the most common question that I get from frustrated members and thankfully not clients. I regularly see the “Stairmaster Sally” working out day and night for 1 hour at a time and still no results. It can be the reason why people don’t stay with a workout program. I also see people starving themselves to try and lose that last 10 lbs and this can only make matters worse. Why?
Body Composition. Fat vs. Muscle mass ratio. Being above the recommended ratios so as to not be at risk of: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and some types of cancer. The ideal ratios are below for Men 75/25 and Women 70/30. Unstable blood sugar This causes your body to store fat as a protective mechanism and uses muscle for energy. This is due to eating refined carbohydrates with-out fiber at meals. Every time you eat, both a complex carbohydrate and a lean protein need to be present. Vegetables should be added to at least 2 meals each day. Meal replacements such as protein bars, protein shakes and raw nuts can also be used. The appropriate portion size for each serving should be the size of your fist. You should never go longer than 4 hours without eating and can eat in as little as 2 hours. Don’t forget 60-90oz of clean water to help remove soluble toxins. Hormone Imbalance Adrenal Fatigue: Fatigue, dizziness, irritability, cravings for caffeine and sugar, headaches relieved by caffeine or sugar and weight gain especially in the abdomen area. Thyroid Dysfunction: Inability to lose weight, average basal temperature below 97.6 deg F., loss of lateral 1/3 of eyebrow, fatigue, constipation, Seasonal Affective Disorder and weight gain in the thighs and hips.
Basal temperature test: 1st thing in the morning, before rising take your armpit temperature for 5 days in a row. If the average is below 97.6 deg F. this is an indication of a sluggish thyroid, not Hypothyroidism.
Toxicity Your body stores fat soluble toxins in fat cells. The only way to remove these toxins is through medical detoxification or removing toxicity from your lifestyle and waiting 60-90 days for your fat cells to regenerate themselves. Toxicity comes from; artificial sweeteners (splenda, sweet n low, equal), hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, artificial coloring and flavoring, prescription and over the counter medications and environmental pollution. Bloating is a sign of too many toxins. Your body is retaining water to try to dilute the toxins.
Rob is a 4 times Ironman Triathlon finisher Certified Nutritionist and NASM Certified Personal Trainer.