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Metabolic Syndrome

Systemic imbalances and weight loss resistance

There are six main systemic imbalances that contribute to weight loss resistance in women. We may see a combination of them, but one usually becomes prominent as we investigate what is keeping a woman from losing weight. They are:

  • Hormonal imbalance (including thyroid dysfunction)
  • Adrenal imbalance (chronic stress)
  • Neurotransmitter imbalance
  • Digestive imbalance
  • Systemic inflammation
  • Impaired detoxification

When we determine the primary cause of weight loss resistance, we offer the following measures to not only jump start, but to sustain weight loss and then maintenance regimes.

Know your unique physiology. Work with a medical practitioner to identify any metabolic imbalances unique to your body.

Use herbs and supplements. When weight loss resistance is caused by hormonal imbalance, stress, and neurotransmitter imbalance, supportive herbs and supplements may help re-balance your metabolism and assist with weight loss. The active compounds and micro-nutrients found in herbs and supplements can go to work at the cellular level, helping you from the inside out.

Practice healthy eating. Eating well-balanced meals and snacks each day at regular intervals will help regulate your metabolism. Fresh, organic  vegetables, as well as proteins from organic meats, fish, and nuts offer the best nutritional support. Since our lives are busy, having a snack shake made of almond milk is a healthy alternative and satisfy cravings!

Use pharmaceutical grade supplements. Sometimes we need more than food to get all of the vitamins and nutrients we need, especially when trying to lose weight. Chromium, zinc, vitamin C, D3, and the B vitamins are essential for a healthy metabolism. A high quality, pharmaceutical-grade multivitamin-mineral complex will support and enhance weight-loss efforts.

Exercise. Even if you have tried to exercise and not had too much success, finding the right type of exercise is key. It should not only move your body, but it should be enjoyable. Regular exercise is an integral part to good health and it will re-set your metabolism and help you overcome weight loss resistance.

Rest, restore, and sleep. Sleep is vital to not only restore metabolism, but help all of the systems in our body function properly. Sleep allows our body to repair itself, regenerate, and helps regulate our hunger mechanism – a very important part of weight loss! There are studies which actually show that people, who sleep less, eat more. We suggest trying to sleep for eight hours each night between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., can make all the difference.

Seek support. Whether you believe “misery loves company” or “it takes a village” or even “great minds think alike” –finding other people who are on a similar journey can go a long way in helping you feel good, stay encouraged, and achieve success.


Solving the weight loss puzzle

Weight loss resistance can cause a lot of emotional turmoil. The struggle is real, and you may feel disheartened, discouraged, angry, sad, or even guilty. But these feelings will not help solve the mystery as to why you cannot lose weight. It’s easy to say just let those feelings go, but you will find when you turn them around into hope, belief, enthusiasm, and renew your efforts, you can find the underlying cause, address it, and the weight will come off.

Remember, it’s not your fault to have been manipulated and deceived with your food choices! We can work together to fix it.

What Is Metabolic Syndrome?


Metabolic syndrome, also called Syndrome X or Obesity Syndrome, is the name for a “group of risk factors” that raise our risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke and other health problems. Our risk for these diseases increases with the increasing number of metabolic risk factors we have.

To be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, a person must have at least three risk factors which are listed below.

Insulin is a hormone that helps move blood sugar into cells where it’s used as energy. Those of us who can’t metabolize insulin properly develop a condition called “Insulin resistance,” closely linked to overweight and obesity. Insulin resistance leads to high blood sugar levels which increase our risk for metabolic syndrome.

Bottom-line, the high risk of having Syndrome X is directly linked to obesity and lack of exercise.

 The term “metabolic” refers to the normal biochemical processes in the body.

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Metabolic Risk Factors

To be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, a person must have at least three of the below listed risk factors which tend to occur together:

  • Abdominal obesity

Large waistline is greater risk factor for heart disease than excess fat in other parts of the body, hips, back, legs, arms, etc.

  • High triglyceride level

Triglycerides are a type of fat found in the blood.

  • Low “good” HDL cholesterol level

HDL carries “excess” cholesterol from the cells to the liver via the blood stream, thus helps remove cholesterol from the arteries.

  • High blood pressure

When the pressure of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries stays high over time, it can damage our heart and lead to plaque buildup.

  • High fasting blood sugar

May be an early sign of diabetes.

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