It’s that time of the year again – when we set out to lose that extra weight from the holidays and get back on track. However, simply as a change of pace, perhaps this can be the year to achieve success with a weight loss resolution.
I think that part of the problem with regard to shedding pounds is that many people have to contend with two factors that provide negative reinforcement – 1) whatever they are doing is not working; or 2) that they do achieve some weight loss, but as soon as they stop what they are doing, it comes right back on.
Hormone Imbalance Affects Weight-loss
Those people who know my philosophy about approaching problems are aware that it does not matter what the problem is, the most effective way to deal with it is to treat the cause of the problem. Conditions felt to be incurable can be eliminated, simply by treating the cause. With regard to weight, there is often a hormone imbalance. It might be a low level of thyroid – the hormone that controls metabolism in every cell of the body, or excess estrogen – a hormone that puts on fat around the hips, thighs, and buttocks, or too much insulin – the hormone that puts on weight around the middle, or too little Leptin – the hormone that controls appetite.
However, I suspect that all these hormonal issues are insignificant causes of weight gain compared to the hormonal effects of excess adrenaline. As most people are aware, adrenaline is known as “the fight-or-flight” hormone. Certainly, an important function, but unless a person lives in a war zone, it is rarely needed for that purpose.
Adrenaline has another extremely important function in the body that is under appreciated. This particular function is to always make sure that the brain has fuel to function. In essence, this is a survival mechanism at times. When the brain becomes low in fuel, it causes a person to be sleepy. They call this hypoglycemia, and it frequently occurs between 3-4 pm when insulin levels are the highest. It also occurs when people are in a car, either as a passenger or as a driver. When people fall asleep driving, they can go off the road and hit a tree and kill themselves. This is why the body always wants to make sure the brain has enough fuel.
Unless people are not eating in a way to provide fuel for the brain, the adrenal glands will release adrenaline to raise glucose (sugar) levels to provide the fuel. This is done via a process called Gluconeogenesis. Not surprisingly, adrenaline levels are highest around 2:30 am, a time that the brain has been without fuel for quite a while. The release of this powerful hormone can cause insomnia, frequent urination, RLS, etc., but also stress for the body. The body responds to this by releasing cortisol to deal with the stress. The first thing cortisol does is to raise glucose levels via a process called Glycogenolysis. So now, while people are sleeping, or trying to, the body has released two hormones that raise sugar levels.
The thing about glucose is that it does not matter if you are eating it or if the body is making it, if you do not burn it up, the body will store it as fat in your fat cells. People are creating fat while sleeping. Which is why they can diet and exercise during the day and create fat at night preventing weight loss.
For those of you interested in learning more about this, I would recommend reading my book called “Adrenaline Dominance”. It explains more about excess adrenaline, the conditions caused by it that are often felt to be incurable, and, of course, how to treat it. The need to utilize a 5% progesterone cream such as Platt PRO 5% to block adrenaline is addressed. Both the book and the cream is available on my website (www.plattwellness.com) or on Amazon.
Our staff at Platt Wellness wishes you a Healthy and Happy 2019!