What really leads to weight gain?

What really leads to weight gain? 960 640 Janie

Did you know that research shows that over 90% of attempts to lose weight fail?

Many of our clients have tried various weight loss and wellness strategies in the past. These include short term commercial transformation programs, calorie or points counting, meal replacement products, gym memberships, boot camps and a variety of other schemes that have not provided real or sustainable results but cost a lot of money.

They fail, not because of lack of willpower or trying hard enough, but because cutting calories, eating less & exercising more are simply not the most efficient way to get healthy or lose weight.

Did you know that overeating and under-exercising are not the primary causes of weight gain?

The calories-in versus calories-out model of weight loss has been shown not to be effective but still persists as the model most weight loss programs still use. The best way to achieve long-term sustainable health and optimum weight is to eat real nutritious foods and exercise appropriately – we can show you how.

Did you know that dietary fat does not lead to weight gain?

The low fat diet for weight loss has also been shown not to be effective but once again persists as the main dietary recommendation for weight loss based on the fact that fat has more calories per gram than carbohydrates or protein. But all calories are treated differently by our bodies and dietary fat does not preferentially get stored as fat.

So then, what does cause weight gain?

It can take decades for new research to be reflected in the mainstream – many weight loss programs are based on the science of calories restriction from the 1960’s – but at THRIVE Health we are a step ahead and basing our programs on modern science which is now teslling us the real cause of weight gain.

insulin2Simply stated, weight gain is the result when fat storage is greater than fat utilisation. And the hormone INSULIN is the main player in balancing this equation and determining the SET POINT – the body weight the body preferentially maintains. For most overweight people when insulin is regularly high, fat is preferentially stored rather than used, and this leads to cells not getting all the energy they need which then leads to hunger and a slow metabolism. On the flip side when insulin is low, fat is broken down from adipose tissue and used for energy – cells are getting all the energy they need, hunger levels diminish and metabolism increases due to the available energy.

And it is GLUCOSE that leads to elevated insulin. Sugar and carbohydrates are the foods in our diets therefore that can lead to weight gain. So the key to controlling insulin and therefore reducing body weight is to manipulate the amount of sugar and carbohydrates in the diet.

Cutting calories and/or exercising more with raised insulin levels makes it extremely difficult to lose weight. Your cells are starving and your body is protecting its fat stores. It compensates for reduced calories or increased exercise by lowering your metabolism (which shuts off what it considers to be secondary functions such as healthy skin, hair, nails, digestion, immune response, fertility etc) and increasing your appetite.

When you instead manipulate insulin to lose weight you will not be hungry, your metabolism will increase and your secondary functions will stay switched on and weight loss becomes healthy and natural. The body weight set point decreases.

So insulin management in combination with eating real food that supplies the body with energy and nutrients is the key to weight loss. Appropriate exercise will also help boost the metabolism and raise energy, as well as provide strength and fitness that will enhance any weight loss program, but not necessarily as a result of burning calories.

Stress can also lead to increased insulin so can also contribute to the inability to lose weight for some people. See our page on Stress for more information.

Keep in mind that getting your insulin under control will not only lead to weight loss but has been shown to reduce your risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, stroke and metabolic syndrome. So it’s also the key to long-term good health.

At Thrive Health we can help you determine the best diet for you that will manage your insulin levels and therefore lead to weight loss.

Contact us and ask how we can help you achieve your goals.