[This is a guest blog post contribution by WellnessFX practitioner Dr. Warren Willey. More information on Dr. Willey is below.]
How are your New Year’s Resolutioners are still going – strong? Given the size of the crowd in the health club I go to, my guess is that the masses are diminishing. Why is that?
I am sure your efforts were good. Your schedule bowed to make room for exercise. Your diet changed in one way or another, but your goals are just not being reached as quickly as you hoped, if at all.
It’s easy to blame yourself when thinking about the M&M’s you grabbed at work, or that evening you were just too pooped to make food from your healthy menu and instead settled for something from a box. Maybe you are telling yourself you did not exercise hard enough? Maybe you were excited at first because the scale started to change with your efforts, but then that #$%@ scale stalled or even started climbing again?
By now, you have either thrown in the towel or are seriously considering it. If you have, go grab it and get back in the fight. If you are thinking of quitting, don’t! Let me give you some reasons you should continue, and why things have stalled. Most importantly – what you can actually do about it.
The Biggest Reason Why You Have Not Reached Your Weight Loss Goal
The fact that most would consider basic with weight loss is not altogether true. The number of calories you burn while exercising and the calories you decided not to put in your mouth are only part of the big picture. If calories-in-to-calories-out was all there was to it, you (and everyone else) would be succeeding right now. Diet and exercise are absolutely essential to your weight loss and health goals, but the calories-in-to-calories- out theory has failed you and most who adhere to it. Calories-in-to-calories-out becomes more important the leaner you get, but weight gain and weight loss are hormonal issues.
You have to optimize your own internal hormonal environment, utilizing diet and exercise, before successful long term weight loss and health can be attained.
When I bring up the fact that calories-in-to-calories-out does not work, my patients are quick to agree, as they are experiencing it. There are almost 30,000 health clubs in the US with 45,300,000 members. 47 percent of adults meet the Physical Activity Guidelines each day yet we are heavier than ever and continuing to grow.
Due to limiting calories, people are in a constant state of hunger, and are fatigued to prove it. Calories-in (how much you eat), to calories-out (or how much you exercise), have failed you and that is why you have not reached your goals. What can you do about it?
2 Things You Can Do That Actually Impact Your Weight Loss Goals
What to do about it is simple. It does not require you to meticulously portion-size all of your food, or hit a “calories burned” goal on the treadmill. You only have to understand these two things:
1. Your hormones are boss and they’re controlling your weight.
Hormones such as Insulin and Leptin are powerful modulators of fat loss and fat gain. They also override your other hormones, such as thyroid and sex hormones. Just ask yourself – do you feel your thyroid and sex hormones are off? Are you tired all the time and/or do you lack libido? Having treated hormone issues for years, I can tell you it is most likely an indirect effect of the first few hormones I mentioned, rather than the thyroid and sex hormones directly.
Utilizing a WellnessFX Premium package that includes evaluation of your performance hormones and your metabolic hormones is the place to start. Reviewing these hormones with one of WellnessFX consultation specialist will then allow you the tools to start down the road to success by addressing the real problem.
2. Daily movement and exercise are critical.
Moving every day, walking whenever possible, using the stairs rather than the elevator, getting up for 15 minutes every hour while at work or in front of a screen all work to optimize your hormones. If you understand this, the job becomes easier.
No longer do you have to count your calories or be saddened by the fact that your 30-minute trot only burned the caloric equivalent of a slice of bread.
When you recognize that movement optimizes the hormonal cascade in your body and everything starts working and feeling better, it is easier to do! When things start working and feeling better, you tend to exercise even more! A positive cycle if there ever was one.
Continue to exercise as often as possible, not to burn calories, but to increase insulin sensitivity and the way the hormones are interacting.
It is not too late to make this THE year of success in your weight loss goals and health aspirations. Now that you know it is a hormonal issue and not simply a calorie issue, you have more control over it, feel better while doing it, and can succeed.
Learn more about the WellnessFX Premium diagnostic package Dr. Willey mentioned.
About Dr. Willey
Dr. Warren Willey is the Medical Director of a medical weight loss and hormone management center in Southeast Idaho. He uses a unique approach to patient care by offering preventative medical intervention by helping people to obtain optimal health and fitness through elite nutritional programs, diet strategies, hormonal optimization, and exercise programs. He is a Board Certified Osteopathic Physician, and did his postgraduate training at The Mayo Clinic. He is a founding diplomat of the American Board of Holistic Medicine and a diplomat with The American Board of Obesity Medicine. Dr. Willey is an established author having written a medical textbook in the late 90’s and What Does Your Doctor Look Like Naked? Your guide To Optimum Health, re-released in 2003. This book has helped thousands of people lose weight and obtain and then maintain optimal health. One of his books, Better Than Steroids!, is sold internationally as it is the most concise summary of what you need to know to get that ultimate physique. Other books to his credit are The Z Diet, the secret to long term dietary adherence, and The T Club – A Medical Guide to Male Hormones. He also writes for a number periodicals and web sites.
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