Two things are required for weight loss – a calorie deficit and hormonal balance. One without the other just does not work. You can cut calories and you might lose some weight, but if your hormones are all over the place you will probably struggle to reach your ideal weight and keep what you have lost from returning with interest. On the flip side, your hormones could be the picture of perfection – but stuffing your face with too much food (even the healthy variety) will prevent you from losing the flab.
Do you suffer from one or more of the following: fatigue, stubborn weight, belly fat, brain fog or insomnia? If “yes,” then you might need to pay some attention to your body’s stress response system, otherwise known as your HPA axis. HPA stands for Hypothalamic–Pituitary–Adrenal. Our stress response is governed by the interaction between the hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal glands. Stress activates the HPA axis and leads to the release of hormones like cortisol and adrenaline that prepare our body for the flight or fight response. While our body’s response to stress is protective in the short-term, the longer the stress response stays activated, the more damaging it is for our health. A commonly used term for this chronic stress response is “adrenal fatigue.”
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.
Hi Everyone, I haven’t written a post for a while, so wanted to end off the year with an update. It has been a busy year for me with lots of good things happening both professionally and personally. Banting Buddies coaching is growing, and slowly but surely our network is gaining both a national and international footprint. This has been made possible by our online training course and Skype mentoring programme for new coaches. The feedback has been fantastic, and I look forward to what 2016 will bring for Banting Buddies and all our wonderful coaches. They are doing such a great job of helping people lose weight and get healthy. Read the rest of this entry
A few weeks ago I was introduced to the term “estrogen dominance”. I had no idea what it meant but after doing some reading on the subject I was intrigued. Could this be the reason why so many women who are 35 and older, struggle with stubborn weight gain that no amount of diet and exercise can get rid off? To add insult to injury, estrogen dominance can also manifest itself in a host of different physical, mental and emotional ailments such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, breast tenderness, headaches, digestive disorders, foggy brain, gallbladder issues, memory loss, irritability, night sweats and low libido. Wow! Who knew a hormonal imbalance could cause such havoc in your body. Let me share a little of what I have learned on this subject. Hopefully, it will provide you with useful information, especially if you can identify with some of the issue listed above. Read the rest of this entry