If you are experiencing significant weight loss resistance, despite your best efforts with a healthy low carb eating plan – you may be suffering from an underactive thyroid. Other signs that your thyroid is not working as it should include: fatigue, brain fog, depression, hair loss, achy muscles, painful joints, sensitivity to cold, dry skin and constipation. The thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate the body’s metabolic rate, muscle control, bone maintenance as well as heart, brain and digestive functions. Unfortunately, when it comes to your thyroid, the road to optimal health can be a long and frustrating one. Many people are told that their blood test results are completely normal and have been sent home with a prescription for an anti-depressant or instructions to get more sleep, eat less and exercise more. This isn’t very helpful when you consider that every single cell in your body requires thyroid hormone in just the right quantity. If you have too little your metabolism will slow down, leading to weight gain or severe weight loss resistance as well as low moods and poor concentration.
Are you struggling to lose weight despite following a very low carb diet? Is the waistband of your jeans feeling tighter? Noticed your blood glucose levels rising? Are your moods a bit low? Perhaps you are struggling to fall asleep and then wake up feeling tired? It could be that you aren’t eating enough carbs! I know, I know – but please don’t shoot the messenger. Keep an open mind and keep reading as you might find some interesting answers to YOUR body’s woes.
Guest post by Sabine Kleissl-Muir (Banting Buddies coach in Victoria, Australia.)
Let’s face it. The human race would have never survived if our Ancestors had to endure the stress we encounter every day. Our fight or flight response was designed to either combat or run away from a Saber-Toothed Tiger. These days many of us seem to be chased by the tiger 24/7.
Tired from the night before we usually get up too late in the morning – Stress. Your 3-year-old throws a hissy fit just because it can – Stress. You get to work – Stress. You have to be “professional” to that one ignorant work colleague – Stress. You eat your lunch too fast, rush to pick up the children, cook, wash, clean up, shower the kids, shower yourself, tuck kids into bed, praying that your husband falls asleep before you tuck yourself into bed. Read the rest of this entry
You have done sit ups till your abs feel like they have been run over by a bus. You have sweated yourself silly on the treadmill. You have diligently cut down on calories. And where has that left you? Let me guess – probably sore, exhausted and hungry. Yet for all your concerted efforts you are still sporting a flabby “moon-bag” pouch of fat on your tummy area and those muffin tops have gained a life all of their own. Don’t you want to just scream with frustration? An article that I read this week, written by Dr. Mercola, shed some light on this problem that many people experience and get frustrated by. This post looks at some of the things you might be doing wrong and what you could try to alleviate yourself of the burden of belly fat. Read the rest of this entry