What if weight loss had nothing to do with calories and cutting them doesn’t help? What if everything you have been told about weight loss was wrong? What if I told you eating healthy fats does not make you fat? Don’t believe it; look at the facts. Over the last few decades we have been going “low fat” and counting are calories. Yet our rates of obesity have tripled since 1960, and nearly 3 out of 4 Americans are now overweight. Worse yet pre-diabetes and diabetes now afflicts more than half of all Americans.
Everyone seems to hope to find some magic pill, such as thyroid support, that will help them shed their weight. Sadly, research and my clinical experience has shown this is not the case. Maybe you are one of the thousands of individuals who found that thyroid medication didn’t fix your weight problem or even your fatigue issues. As important as thyroid support is, many Americans are now finding that it is not the cure-all they had hoped for.
Hormones and metabolism are at the center of this health crisis. But it’s a little more complicated than just tossing down some Synthroid in the morning. There are many different hormones involved in your maintenance of a healthy weight and healthy life. A few of the primary hormones involved are insulin, leptin, adiponectin ghrelin and cortisol. All these hormones must be communicating properly between organs and cells to maintain your weight and your health. This story is a little bit more complex than this article allows. However, you can learn all about these hormones and their role in your health in my upcoming seminars, see notice below.
For now, let’s keep this as simple as possible. Probably the two most important hormones here in weight gain and chronic disease are insulin and leptin. Almost everyone has heard of insulin. Insulin is produced in the pancreas in response to sugar and carbohydrate intake. Insulin shuttles glucose into the cell to be used for energy. However, when your intake of sugar and carbohydrates are more than you need for immediate energy, your insulin gives a different command. It shouts, store everything as fat and, by the way, do not break down fat! Can you imagine if you’re running higher levels of insulin all the time how impossible it would be then for you to lose weight? Therefore, you need your fasting and post meal insulin levels properly tested, and have a doctor who is an expert in helping you lower your insulin levels.
Insulin is one of the primary hormones that makes you fat and sick. With a high sugar and carb diet, insulin becomes over produced in an attempt to try to keep blood sugar levels at a safe level. It does this by shouting at the cell with higher and higher levels of insulin. Eventually your cells will become deaf to the insulin. This is called insulin resistance. With this, insulin levels continue to climb and fat around your middle continues to accumulate. The next stop on this journey is Type II diabetes and all the misery that this metabolic disorder brings.
The second hormone is Leptin, produced by your fat cells which signals an area of your brain called the hypothalamus. This signal tells you that you have plenty of calories, and you don’t want to eat anymore. Imagine how easy this could make maintaining or even losing weight. But here’s the problem as you gain fat, you start producing higher levels of leptin. Eventually with all the shouting your hypothalamus become deaf to leptin. This is very similar to the insulin resistance described above and causes just as many health problems if not more. Also, you have lost the messenger that tells you have enough calories and no longer need to eat. A primary problem with snacking and weight gain.
Here’s my primary point, every meal you eat affects your hormone levels, especially insulin and leptin. By learning what and when you should eat, you can normalize your hormone levels faster and more efficiently than any pill or potion, prescribed or over-the-counter. It’s vital you learn how to switch to a low-carb, high quality fat, moderate protein diet which will start the process of fine-tuning your hormone levels. This is a diet of delicious and filling foods that does not leave you hungry.
I tell my patients all the time, “it’s not how much you eat but what and when you eat that matters, don’t eat less, eat better and less often”. I also utilize proper intermittent fasting to help fine-tune their metabolism.
What if I told you there was a way that you could lose weight, revitalize your energy, conquer brain fog, remove pain and stiffness, even reverse your diabetes. Do not believe it? Why not come and find out for yourself? What you got to lose but fat, fatigue, pain and sickness! You are what you eat, come and find out what that should be. This will not only start you on the road to real fat loss, but the revitalization your health. Learning what and how to eat can be life-changing! Learn how you can get your life back, many others have done it and so can you!
About Dr. Greg Fors
Dr. Greg Fors, D.C. is a Board-certified Neurologist (IBCN), certified in Applied Herbal Sciences (NWHSU) and acupuncture. As the clinic director of the Pain and Brain Healing Center in Blaine Minnesota he specializes in a functional medicine approach to fibromyalgia, fatigue, brain fog, digestive disorders, depression and anxiety. He is a sought after international lecturer for various post-graduate departments and state associations. Dr. Fors is the author of the highly acclaimed book, “Why We Hurt” available through booksellers everywhere.