An abnormal amount of body fat indicates a sluggish metabolism and inappropriate food choices. The person may not be eating too much in terms of total caloric intake; however, it may mean the foods chosen are not being metabolized well.
There are a number of metabolic weaknesses that contribute to excessive accumulation of fat. All of them need to be checked out and supported as needed. If even one is left unattended, then nothing else one does to lose weight is likely to be of lasting benefit.
Many people who gain weight easily and who fail to lose on diets have undiagnosed low thyroid function (hypothyroidism). The reason that so many cases go undiagnosed is that the laboratory tests for hypothyroidism are unreliable. They measure the amount of thyroid hormones circulating in the blood, which may have little or nothing to do with the amount of hormones that actually reach the tissues that need them. There is a much more reliable self-test that is explained in the “Hypothyroidism” section.] If the thyroid gland is not functioning up to par, then nothing else in the body tends to work well either. Digestion and elimination slow down. And there is a tendency to develop hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
Low stomach acid also contributes to overweight conditions. If the stomach does not secrete adequate amounts of hydrochloric acid, the entire process of digestion and elimination slow right down. The colon may hold on to its contents for days at a time. The body will not be able to absorb the nutrients it needs but will accumulate excess waste and toxins. This retention problem can be accelerated if the person’s body also has a “leaky” gut. Taking supplementary digestive enzymes not only helps the body to be better nourished but can also cause an immediate weight loss by perking up digestion and stimulating the colon to release its accumulated contents.
Hypoglycemia causes sudden cravings for sweets, coffee, or alcohol. As blood sugar plummets, the brain craves a “fix” to bring it back into normal range. Unfortunately, the very foods craved are the ones that perpetuate the rebound problem – leading to temporary satisfaction only and more cravings later. People with hypoglycemia tend to eat more sugary foods than their bodies can handle, and in sluggish metabolizers, this excess sugar is converted into body fat.
Often the “yo-yo” cravings of hypoglycemia are triggered by food(s) to which one is allergic or sensitive. Allergies and addiction are, in effect, two sides of the same coin. Another side effect of food sensitivities, in some people, is excess fluid retention. For them it is not unusual to eliminate 20 pounds or more of excess fluid simply by identifying and eliminating the foods to which they are sensitive.
Diabetics, especially those who are sluggish metabolizers, tend to develop excess body fat. When blood sugar levels are constantly too high, the body will struggle to do what it can with the excess, which usually means converting it into fat. Anyone with excessive urination, excessive thirst, weakness, dry skin and excessive food intake is well advised to be medically tested for diabetes.
Which diet is best for losing weight? Generally, it is any one that concentrates on low glycemic foods. These are foods that the body converts to glucose (blood sugar) very slowly – including protein foods (e.g., fish, eggs, poultry, meat, cheese), non-starchy vegetables, and complex carbohydrates (e.g., 100% whole grains). Shun the simple carbohydrates (e.g., refined sugars, dried fruits, fruit juices, beer, liquor). Eat whole foods in as natural a state as possible. Overprocessed, devitalized foods tend to overwhelm our bodies with glucose molecules faster than they can be metabolized. Keep in mind that overweight is a symptom of metabolic imbalances and when these imbalances are corrected, body weight tends to normalize itself.