There is no single solution. A low-carb diet works surprisingly well for some people and for others it does not.

So - why does it happen that you can't lose weight?

Because you may be on the wrong track. You need to find the particular problem that is causing your obesity.

 

Example 1-

Suppose you suffer from chronic pain syndrome or fibromyalgia. This increases stress levels and cortisol is chronically elevated. This leads to elevated glucose and insulin stimulation. This leads to weight gain. Since cortisol is your problem, you will need to use targeted treatments accordingly. This would include medical treatment for chronic pain, acupuncture, massage, meditation, yoga, etc. This will help lower cortisol levels and treat weight gain problems.

Reducing carbohydrate or calorie intake will not have much success because these were not the issues behind the 'increased insulin levels.

 

Example 2-

Suppose you suffer from chronic insomnia. We know that this situation increases cortisol levels and leads to weight gain. Reducing sugar in your diet will not be very successful, because it was not your main problem. The key is sleep: you need to find a new job if you work night shifts, or improve your sleep hygiene if you sleep poorly for a variety of reasons, or simply get more sleep.

 

Example 3-

Suppose your main problem is insulin resistance. This vicious cycle has evolved over decades, and insulin resistance is now the main cause of your high insulin levels. Reducing carbohydrate intake may not be as effective as we would expect. Why? Because your problem is insulin resistance. Reducing carbohydrates lowers insulin and reduces the vicious cycle, but this cycle has been going on for decades.

So what should you do? Remember that the issue of insulin resistance is usually a matter of "when to eat." Therefore, to break the resistance, a prolonged period of low insulin levels is necessary. This means that fasting is more effective here than simply restricting carbohydrates. You will also need time, because it took time to develop insulin resistance and it will take time to resolve it.

 

Increased carbohydrate intake is only one piece of the puzzle-although grains and refined sugars are undoubtedly a big part of the puzzle. They are undoubtedly obesogenic, but there are other ways to compensate so that insulin does not rise overall. Important is a lifestyle that does not lead to a chronic rise in insulin. Insulin causes obesity. When eating styles increase insulin, they cause obesity. But you certainly cannot simply blame carbohydrates alone for lowering insulin. After all, the Kitavans ate a very high carbohydrate diet and always had lower insulin levels than 95 percent of the Swedish population. Okinawans ate almost 70% sweet potatoes without obesity. Of course, both populations ate virtually no sugar or refined grains, which, unfortunately, the ordinary citizen consumes in extreme amounts.

Then a consideration of stress reduction. It is always surprising how advanced organized religions are. Think of the practices they preach. Prayer (similar to meditation). Belief in a higher power (stress reduction). Weekly ceremonies, such as Mass (sense of community and continuity-important for stress reduction). Small group gatherings (friendship and sense of belonging - stress reduction). Fasting. Yes, fasting. All these practices, so important for health, were introduced thousands of years ago.

The most important thing to know is that meditation does not change the stress factor. For example, suppose your boss is driving you crazy. You will be under a lot of stress. Meditation will not change that fact. What will change is your body's response to stress. In the end, that is what is important. By reducing the cortisol response, you reduce fat.

 

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