I was on a webinar last week with Dr. Ladd McNamara, M.D. and he shared 4 things that are making us fat so I thought I’d do a quick recap here and share what I learned.
But before I share the 4 things that are making us and keeping us fat I do want to emphasize that there are two things that happens when we eat food: when we eat food, it’s either converted into energy or it’s converted into fat. Please keep that in mind as you read the remainder of the blog and stay with me!
Here are the 4 things that are making us fat and also what we can do about it.
1.) FOOD PRESERVATIVES
Food preservatives are needed to extend food shelf life and they make foods difficult to digest. Foods that are not used for energy, unfortunately, get stored as fat. Which leads to reduced energy production which affects the entire body. This can lead to gas, bloating, and heart burn. Some symptoms of food preservatives affecting the body are feelings of sluggishness, fatigue, heart burn and brain fog.
—-> THE SOLUTION: According to research, digestive enzymes may help breakdown our food (carbohydrates, proteins and fats) so that it can be converted into energy and NOT stored as fat. Digestive enzymes may also help reduce gastric symptoms and bowel symptoms. As we get older, experience more stress and gain weight, our body increases it’s need for digestive enzymes because it can’t breakdown the food into energy in some cases.
2.) BAD GUT BACTERIA
The role of good bacteria in our gut/ intestine (microbiome) is to support the breakdown of undigested food (such as carbohydrates) and it’s where the production and absorption of vitamins B&K take place. The good gut bacteria also supports the immune system and it defends us against infection from bad bacteria.
What was most fascinating for me was learning about the effects of bad gut bacteria on our brain neurotransmitters (our thinking and mood). Did you know that 80-90% of the production of serotonin and dopamine (the feel good hormones) are created in the gut? Whoa! During the webinar Dr. Ladd McNamara, M.D. briefly touched on the topic of depression and anxiety and how bad gut bacteria might affect those conditions as well. Lastly, bad gut bacteria affects hormones that help direct fat metabolism and storage.
These are some of the things that cause bad gut baceria:
- high gylcemic foods (foods that are high in sugar)
- chemicals in our food
- antibiotics used in food
- irritating & spicy foods
- lack of vitamins and minerals
- stress (because it increase cortisol)
- poor general healthy
- certain medications
These are some signs of the disruption of gut bacteria:
- nausea/ vomiting
- gas/ bloating
- depression/ anxiety
- frequent colds and flu’s
- sluggish thinking
- heart burn
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- lactose intolerance
- drowsiness/ fatigue after meals
- weight gain
- trouble losing weight
—-> THE SOLUTION: According to research, daily Probiotics may support a healthy gut
3.) OVER EATING (ESPECIALLY SUGAR)
Going back to the first statement – anything we eat is either converted into energy or fat. When we overeat, it causes a rise in blood sugar levels which causes an increase in insulin (because insulin helps breakdown sugar and convert it into energy). If there is an excess of insulin produced and it’s not used then that causes insulin resistance and gets stored as fat. Jason Fung, author of the Obesity Code goes into extensive detail regarding blood sugar levels, insulin resistance and the role it plays in weight gain – I highly recommend his book.
—-> THE SOLUTION: There are several! Listen, you may be overeating for several reasons. Perhaps it’s stress, emotions or perhaps you just don’t know what you don’t know regarding calories and macro-nutrients and the role it all has on our body / weight gain and/or our ability to lose weight. Don’t fret. Here are some things for you to consider:
- 5 Day Reset : This is a full 5 day kit containing low glycemic replacement meals that are taken in the form of delicious shakes, daily probiotics and daily vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. It comes with a full instruction guide and suggestions for low glycemic meals. Many people have had success with the 5 Day RESET and helping them jumbstart their weight loss journey
- My book, Losing Your Weight for Good. My book can either be a 6 week or 6 month program that you can do at your own pace. Of course, I highly recommend it. 🙂
- The Brenda Sillas Diet would be a perfect compliment after doing something like the 5 Day RESET because all of the meals in the plan are naturally low glycemic, gluten free, dairy free and mostly plant based (with carnivore options).
4.) SLOW METABOLISM
And lastly, the fourth thing that could be making us and keeping us fat is having a slow metabolism.
—-> THE SOLUTION: Regular (5-6 times a week for at least 30 minutes), moderate exercise and quality nutrition + quality nutritional supplements. Examples of regular moderate exercise include things like:
- High intensity interval training (HIIT).
- Speed walking (include some hills … walk like you’re running late for 30 – 45 minutes
- Weight bearing exercises (yoga – vinyasa, free weights)
- Workout videos online (there are a ton on YouTube and social media)
In conclusion, just remember that overeating too many calories (especially sugar) will lead to an increase of fat stores. But being mindful of calorie consumption (and macro-nutrients) is not all – we also need to be mindful of managing our stress and reducing the amount of high glycemic foods that are consumed.
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