HERE ARE A FEW SIMPLE THINGS TO LOOK INTO WHEN TRYING TO SHED A FEW POUNDS.
Insulin resistance (IR) is a condition that is easily overlooked in men and women and is one of the major obstacles in weight loss. IR is a condition in which the body produces excess insulin in order to maintain an individuals’ blood sugar level. The extra insulin does its job by keeping the sugar from going up. Unfortunately, this sets off a chain of reactions that change the body’s internal environment so that it tends to favor fat storage and hinder weight loss. It also tends to increase an individuals’ appetite, especially for carbohydrates.
There are some medications that are used to treat various medical conditions that may hinder an individual’s effort to lose weight. The common classes are corticosteroids, antidepressants, blood pressure, diabetes, antipsychotics, and others.
We all have stress, unfortunately, none of us can live in a bubble where stress would not affect our lives. However, there is normal everyday stress and there is excessive stress that can majorly impact your health. Stress has many detrimental physiological effects on the body, including a surge in cortisol levels. High cortisol impacts sugar metabolism and insulin levels in a way that triggers weight gain. Controlling stress is crucial for weight loss and there are many techniques that can help lessen the impact of stress on the body.
UNDERACTIVE THYROID / METABOLISM
Underactive thyroid is another important reason for weight gain. Fortunately, most individuals have normal levels when we evaluate them. However, what we do find more often in our centers is a normal but very underactive thyroid; we call this a relative thyroid deficiency. When an individual gains weight, he or she impacts the body’s ability to activate their thyroid hormone. Essentially, this leads to a normal overall thyroid hormone level, but a greater amount of it in the inactive state can lead to a relative thyroid deficiency, which in turn slows metabolism.
By DR. GERARDO VALDES
SOUTH FLORIDA WEIGHT LOSS & WELLNESS