Most people lose weight by doing only 2 things: go for a healthy diet and exercise. If, under these conditions, there are no positive changes, look for other reasons for excess weight.
The first thing that usually comes to mind in such cases: “bad genes.” They are generally blamed for everything, but in reality they do not determine our destiny. Some genes can indeed predispose to obesity, type 2 diabetes or heart disease. But 90% of health depends on our way of life and the environment in which we live. The most stupid belief is that under the influence of “bad genes” we are doomed to become fat and sick.
The propensity to obesity depends on 32 different genes. Even if you are a “unique” who has all 32 genes at once, they respond only for 10 kg of excess weight. We ourselves often create conditions for obesity, eating foods with a high content of sugar and flour. Thirst for sugar is akin to cocaine addiction. Stimulation of sugar by dopamine receptors in the brain blocks the mechanism of self-control and leads to drug addiction.
Naturally, your biochemical reactions may differ from those of other people. But instead of worrying about your genes, pay attention to other factors.
1. Refined vegetable oil
Of great importance is the type of fat that you consume. Vegetable oils, rich in Omega-6 acid, fall into the category of “bad fats”, which should be avoided. Only organic meat and wild fish with a high content of Omega-3 can reduce inflammation and help lose weight. If you do not exclude refined vegetable oils from the diet then fighting obesity will be much more difficult.
A healthy intestine is not just the absence of flatulence or heartburn, but the normal balance of harmful and beneficial bacteria. As a result of the constant use of Omega-6, this balance is violated, which leads to the production of lipopolysaccharides, which cause inflammation, insulin resistance and promote weight gain.
The reduced function of the thyroid gland causes obesity in 20% of cases. And it is discovered, as a rule, later than others.
The perpetrators of hypothyroidism may be pesticides, heavy metals, nutrient deficiencies (selenium, zinc, iodine).
If you have a suspicion that thyroid dysfunction is the cause of obesity, give tests for thyroid-stimulating hormone, free T3 and T4, thyroid peroxidase and antibodies to thyroglobulin. Some people may need to do a special test for the inverse thyroid hormone. Even if other tests show normal results, an elevated level of reverse T3 means that your thyroid gland is not working properly.
In this case it is necessary to limit the consumption of raw cabbage and all cruciferous vegetables. They contain compounds “goitrogens”, blocking the work of the thyroid gland. A case was recorded when a woman after regular consumption of raw cabbage was hospitalized with a hypothyroid coma.
Excessive exposure to fluorine and chlorine creates iodine deficiency. And if you need extra zinc and selenium, eat pumpkin seeds and nuts. But remember that the treatment of thyroid gland diseases is a complex process, requiring a referral to a specialist.
3. Toxins from the environment
Animal studies show that toxic chemicals can cause weight gain, regardless of nutrition and exercise.
Pesticides, bisphenol A, mercury, lead disrupt metabolism. They are found in cosmetics, soaps, shampoos, deodorants, household cleaners, plastic containers for storing food, furniture, mattresses and carpets.
“Atrazine” and “dichlorodiphenyldichlorethylene” substances found in water and foodstuffs increase insulin resistance and body weight.
Phthalates associated with obesity are found in air fresheners and personal care products. It is not possible to completely exclude the entry of toxins. You can only talk about limiting their number.
Use water filters, carefully study the make-up of cosmetic products and eat less semi-finished products.