People usually think that by changing their diet and exercising more, they will lose weight, and they are right!
Except for certain situations where, unfortunately, other root causes can prevent weight loss and need more attention or a unique protocol to follow.
In this article, I will briefly explain the hidden causes that can put a stop to losing weight.
1/ Lack of sleep
During our sleep, two hormones are working to prepare us for the day: Ghrelin (a hormone that signals hunger) and leptin (a hormone that suppresses hunger). When you feel that you didn't get enough sleep, it means that your brain didn't have time to balance your two hormones. The Ghrelin would have a higher level during the day, and it will ask for much more food than usual. The leptin level will be lower, and it won't be able to work correctly and send a message to the brain to tell that you are feeling satisfied after eating. In the long term, it will cause a possible weight gain.
2/ Sex hormones imbalance
An imbalance in our hormones can change a thousand mechanisms (thyroid, insulin, cortisol) in our body and affect our metabolism or functioning of each organ and result in gaining weight.
3/ Gut infection ( candida, SIBO...)
They caused inflammation in the body, which increases your sugar/ carbohydrate cravings. They also disrupt your hormones like leptin which increase hunger.
4/ Leaky gut
It increases intestinal permeability that happens when the tight junction can't close properly, and they can’t control anymore what passes through the lining of the small intestinal, which causes poor nutrition, gut infection, autoimmune disease, and increases stress and toxins.
5/ Stress, Adrenals and thyroid
Cortisol, in particular, is often linked with weight fluctuation. Both an excess and deficiency of cortisol can impact blood sugar levels and thyroid function, trigger weight fluctuation and symptoms of low metabolism. By being in the sympathetic system, you'll disrupt your digestion and be in deficiency of vitamins and minerals, which increases the inflammation in your body. The thyroid is responsible for balancing your metabolism, making sure your balance of thyroid is fine.
6/ Environmental toxins
BPA, Phthalate, pesticide and others toxins disrupt the hormones in our body and increase our weight gain. They can also cause problems such as a leaky gut, and an imbalance of sex hormones.
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