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The Truth About Weight Loss

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 Can you explain why it is so difficult for some people to lose weight?

 Weight loss is a multi-billion dollar a year industry.  Despite this huge market, many people struggle with programs and products that over promise and under deliver.  People are left feeling frustrated and discouraged because their weight loss goals have not been met.  The problem is that most of the information available today does not address the three major road blocks to weight loss:

·    Hormonal imbalance

·    Neurotransmitter imbalance

·    Food allergies

The first major roadblock to weight loss is hormonal imbalance.  The hormones that have a significant impact are estrogen, progesterone, thyroid, cortisol and insulin.  Many people make several attempts to lose weight, but never seem to get lasting results.  This lack of success can be attributed to an underlying imbalance that was never corrected.  Eating small frequent meals will help balance hormones, but in some cases supplementation or medication may be necessary.

Another roadblock to weight loss is neurotransmitter imbalance.  These brain chemicals play a key role in appetite regulation.  An imbalance will cause exaggerated cravings for refined carbohydrates, which will sabotage any attempt at dieting or losing weight.  Reducing stress and supplementing with specific amino acids will balance neurotransmitters and reduce cravings for high-calorie foods.  

Finally, the last major road block to weight loss is food allergies.  The most common allergenic foods are wheat and dairy.  Wheat based products contain gluten and dairy contains a protein called casein.  These foods are difficult for the body to digest and can cause symptoms like water retention, nasal allergies and digestive complaints making weight loss difficult.  Identifying and eliminating food allergies is an easy way to lose five to ten pounds quickly.  

Losing weight is a complex biochemical process.  If the three major roadblocks are not properly addressed, success will be limited.  Stop wasting time and money on gimmicks that don’t deliver and find a qualified practitioner that can help you achieve your weight loss goals. 

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