Healthy Aging Kuel Category Expert: Deb Gutierrez
It is time to reframe how we talk about weight, and weight loss. The old paradigm of Eating Less and Exercise More to lose weight is not the answer. Our body is not a calculator.
While calories play a role in fat loss, so do Hormones. Eating Less and Exercising More is Madness. Hormones Matter.
Many hormones tell the body how to utilize the food we eat, how to break it down, how to use it for fuel, store it as fat or muscle, and where to store the excess fat. When we eat less than our body requires, we will burn off the excess fat or muscle tissue in our body for energy/fuel. Pulling from our muscle tissue leads to a sluggish metabolism and makes it challenging to lose fat. We want to utilize the fat stores.
8 Reasons We Find Ourselves Resistant To Weight Loss:
- POOR QUALITY SLEEP
- STRESS PERCEPTION
- ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS!!
- LACK MOVEMENT
- HORMONES – THRYOID
- PROCESSED FOOD
- GUT HEALTH/MICROBIOME
- NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES
Excess stress and lack of sleep impact our hunger and cravings. Those cravings are a hormonal effect. Hormones directly orchestrate where we store fat, and it is especially challenging for women at menopause. Less sleep and an inability to shift our perception of stress will result in high insulin and cortisol levels.
If we need to lose weight, to reduce our risk for chronic disease, eating less and being more restrictive will backfire. Our body perceives that as a possible threat, and will initiate a stress response, making us resistant to weight loss.
Target The Inflammation
“Believe it or not, there is good news here.”
Excess fat is a sign of stress and inflammation. Believe it or not, there is good news here. Why? Because we can target the inflammation rather than going on yet another diet. Yes, calories matter, but so do HORMONES. Fat loss is unique to our physiology, psychology, and practices.
Know how our specific body works so we can choose the best practices for US with the right food, exercise, and what will keep us feeling less stressed and more energetic.
Chances are we do not need an extra hour on the treadmill; but a good night’s sleep, the right vitamins, food to enhance fat burning, and more purified water.
Understanding Our Body
When we understand how OUR body works, we can stop “fighting” against our own body. Let’s get off the diet rollercoaster so that we can Experience Feeling Fully Alive.
If you are anything like I am and want to feel your best day in and day out, but are confused by all the noise. If you want to know once and for all what is best for your body. I encourage you to reach out. I would love to chat.
Just as a caveat, I am a Certified Fitness, Nutrition, and Health practitioner and not a licensed healthcare professional, hence, the information provided on this site is not a replacement or substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or prescriptive treatment.
About the Author:
Deb Gutierrez is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Personal Trainer. Her transformational coaching method helps women take the “grind” and stress out of everyday life, ditch the chronic fatigue and anxiety, to be productive, feel incredible, and fulfilled. For her, Health and Fitness are at the cornerstone of what brings meaning to life. It is the process of pushing, pulling, moving, failing, and prevailing that equals feeling fully alive. She has been married for 30 years to her husband Jim, and they have a daughter and Identical twin sons. She loves speaking, creating, and working with other women to create and celebrate the life you deserve and desire.