- Lack of Sleep May Prevent the Loss of Fat
If your diet isn’t going as well as you had hoped, the problem may not be your food choices or exercise habits. It may be your sleeping habits. Sleep loss may hamper even your best attempts to lose weight.
Overweight adults lost 55% less fat when they got 5.5 hours of sleep per night, compared with when they slept for 8.5 hours a night, the new study showed. Sleep loss is accompanied by an increase in hunger that makes it less likely that you could adhere to diet.
- Drinking cool drinks hampers Weight Loss
Soda or “cool drinks” come in many flavors, but can be broken down into two major groups to help us understand how they are contributing to the growing obesity numbers. These are cool drinks sweetened with sugar and sugar substitutes and cool drink sweetened with artificial sweeteners.
With all of the refined sugars in the soft drinks, when they are digested in the body, they send a large and rapidly assimilated volume of sugars into the bloodstream, which gives our bodies a quick energy hit as these sugars are further broken down into glucose which the muscles use to provide them with energy so they can work harder for longer. Two things happen here.
The first is that because we have adopted a more predominantly sedentary lifestyle, our muscles don’t need all those sugars as they are not working. So the sugar is left in the bloodstream doing nobody any good and a considerable amount of harm.
The second thing is that because the body cannot tolerate so much sugar in the bloodstream, it acts to bring the situation under control by releasing a similarly large dose of insulin from the pancreas, the organ in the body where it is produced. The insulin prompts a process whereby the excess sugars in the bloodstream are processed into fats, which are then stored in fat cells located predominantly around the belly.
- Post-Workout snack hampers weight loss
Elite athletes are advised to “fill the tank” with an energy bar or sports drink soon after a workout.
But for mere mortals – folks who are simply trying to keep their weight in check or stave off heart disease – adding calories right after burning them up could negate the benefits of the sweat, researchers say.
“If people are going to go out and exercise to benefit their health, they should not be eating back the calories immediately upon finishing, or within a couple of hours of finishing,” said Barry S. Braun, director of the Energy Metabolism Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. “In order to maintain the benefits, you need to be in this calorie deficit.”
“Athletes are always advised to do exactly the opposite,” he continued. “That’s great for athletes, but for the other 99.9 percent of the world, that’s probably the wrong thing.”
Result: For successful weight loss, try not to eat anything within 2 hours after exercise, because your body continues to burn fat for up to 2 hours after the workout. Whatever you eat after a workout will cause the fat burning process to stop. So, when you eat, stick to low carbohydrates and low GI foods, so that you don’t diminish all your hard work.
- Starvation Diets hampers Weight Loss
Many weight loss coaches use the term “starvation mode” to describe your body’s natural response to protect itself when you don’t eat enough for extended periods. When you regularly eat too little food to provide your body with the necessary nutrients, it perceives itself to be in danger from starvation.
Since your body is wonderfully designed to protect you, it will slow down your metabolism to conserve energy so it can keep vital organs such as the brain and the heart going for as long as possible in the face of the perceived threat.
While it will burn fat for fuel, it will also start burning lean muscle mass for fuel, which will slow down your metabolism even further. People on starvation diets invariably find that they regain all the weight they’ve lost (and then some) very quickly as soon as they start eating again.
While a starvation diet may help you lose weight quite fast in the short term, you will pay a heavy price because you are setting yourself up for a lifetime of weight problems. Your metabolism gets progressively slower with each day you remain on a starvation diet.
This resultant slower metabolism needs less fuel, so you consistently have to eat less and less to lose weight! As your metabolism slows down even further and your lean muscle mass dwindles you will also find that you become more and more tired.
This in turn means you will get less exercise, which leaves you with less lean muscle, and an even slower metabolism. It really is a vicious cycle.
- Menopause causes Weight gain (Lowering Estrogen levels hampers Weight Loss)
Weight gain, specifically a thickening in your middle, is another sign of changing hormones. Studies indicate that hormone levels are tied to weight gain and redistribution of fat.
Estrogen: As woman´s ovaries produce less estrogen, her body attempts to find the hormone in places other than the ovaries. Fat cells can produce estrogen, so her body works harder to convert calories into fat to increase estrogen levels. Unfortunately, fat cells don’t burn calories the way muscle cells do, which causes weight gain.
Changes in diet and exercise can help rev up your body’s metabolic rate. Also trying natural alternative supplements like the Manna Menopause Support may help.
- Medication can hamper Weight Loss
Medications That Alter Brain Chemistry
Medications used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, depression, epilepsy and migraines often have the side effect of weight gain. This side effect is thought to be due to the drugs effect on neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and norepinephine, which are found in the brain and are integral to many mental processes, including mood regulation, hunger and satiety.
Weight gain is particularly linked to many of the newer drugs used to treat psychiatric disorders.
In an analysis of dozens of smaller drug studies, clozapine and olanzapine showed the greatest risk of weight gain and ziprasidone had the least risk. Lithium, a medication used to stabilize mood, may also work against weight loss.
- Insulin Resistance Hampers Weight Loss
Problems with insulin are a root cause of some of the most dangerous health conditions, as insulin affects almost every cell in the body.
Insulin plays a critical role in how your body uses food. Its most important role is to lower the concentration of glucose in your blood. When you eat, your digestive system breaks food down into glucose, and the glucose circulates in your blood stream.
In response to the rise in glucose after a meal, the pancreas releases surges of insulin, whose job is to clean the glucose from the blood.
Some of the glucose is diverted into the liver, where it’s converted into stored glucose, called glycogen, for later use by the muscles. Insulin then helps turn any leftover glucose into fatty acids and stores them in fat cells where they can be tapped later for fuel.
By making poor food choices, like eating too many highly processed, refined carbs (like white bread and pasta!), we can do things to cause our bodies to create too much insulin. When you repeat that cycle too many times (like by repeatedly eating sugary junk on an empty stomach) your pancreas will overcompensate and produce more insulin, which your cells will eventually start to ignore.
This is called insulin resistance and it is the precursor to type 2-Ddiabetes and it is common in overweight people.
Turned away at the door, the sugar is left with nowhere to go. If it hangs around in your blood too long, doctors call this impaired fasting glucose (if measured in the morning) or impaired glucose tolerance (if measured two hours after a meal). You could develop full-blown diabetes if both conditions go unchecked.
While high levels of blood glucose trigger insulin release, low levels suppress it, Maintaining low levels of insulin — one of the primary goals of the diet — allows your body to more easily tap in to your stored fat for fuel.
Conversely, being insulin-resistant can hamper your weight-loss efforts. Try to avoid spikes in your blood sugar, by eating regularly. Pair carbs with protein, eat whole foods, and avoid sugar juices and fruits, and highly-processed carbs.
When your insulin-release mechanism works the right way, it helps keep your weight in check. So strive to keep it balanced!
- The 8th and most important reason why you’re Not Losing Weight
The invisible saboteurs hiding in your gut
When you think about your health, you’re probably not fretting over the millions of microbes that line your colon. But 2013 has been the Year of the Gut, with scientific breakthroughs linking bacterial composition to all kinds of Western diseases, including asthma, depression, and colitis.
The science is far from prescriptive yet, but diet has already emerged as a major influencer of healthy stomach bugs. Two studies published in “Nature” found that gut composition isn’t just integral to your health—it might even be influencing your weight.
The first study compared the gut microbiota, or bacterial makeup, of 292 Danes. A clear but totally unexpected pattern emerged: about a quarter of the people had low bacterial richness, meaning their guts were comprised of fewer types of bacteria.
These “low gene count” individuals were more obese than those with high gene counts—about 80% of the study’s participants were obese—and they tended to pack on weight faster.
Researchers also found that the group was more at risk for obesity-related diseases, like type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular problems. They had higher insulin resistance, triglycerides, cholesterol levels, and inflammation, which is present in almost all chronic diseases.
Might microscopic bacteria really be linked to all that havoc?
Researchers think so, since they found that bacteria-poor participants were lacking eight particular species. “That opens the possibility of developing bacterial therapies, a new type of probiotic which perhaps could fight this weight gain,” said Dusko Ehrlich, PhD, study co-author and research director at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research.
Scientists have only identified one of the eight strains, but Dr. Ehrlich said that they seem to be connected to the conversion of insoluble fiber in our guts into metabolites.
Can Probiotics Help You Lose Weight?
Insoluble fiber, found in produce, is food for our guts to ferment. It’s too soon to draw firm conclusions, Dr. Ehrlich said, but “an interesting observation from our study is that high richness people have a tendency to consume, in their daily life, more fruit and vegetables than low richness people. We think it needs to be reproduced, but if it turns out to be true…wouldn’t it be wonderful if nutrition could prevent or reduce the risk of these clinical problems?”
Indeed it would, and Dr. Ehrlich and another team of researchers put diet to the test in the second study. They placed 49 obese or overweight French participants on a calorie-restricted diet for six weeks, then on a weight-maintaining diet for six more weeks, and looked at how the gut changed. Even though the French diet is worlds (and many baguettes) away from a Danish one, still the gene-rich and gene-poor populations emerged. The gene-poor French were missing the same species as the gene-poor Danes, and had the same risks and inflammation.
Download the FREE Manna Diet e-book from the Manna website and learn more about Gut Health and the different reasons why you might be struggling to lose weight. Please read the section about medication as well as the part on Gut Health. Make sure to follow the 7-day damage control part of the program, because you have to set the stage for successful weight loss. We recommend the Manna GUT Support together with the Manna Blood Sugar Support caplets to reintroduce healthy bacteria as well as to help control cravings and appetite.