Most People Who Can't Lose Weight Don't Realize They Have This Condition
Sadly, to be American today means to be overfed, undernourished and fatigued. It means disease, a multitude of medical treatments and numerous prescriptions. It means, immobility and chronic illness. More than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of American adults are obese and spend billions each year on weight-loss programs and products when they're actually dealing with adrenal fatigue and weight loss resistance.
Research shows that the heaviest Americans have become even heavier the past three decades.
Adrenal fatigue and weight loss resistance is prevalent more today than ever. Globally, there are more than 1 billion overweight adults, and the number is growing. In the U.S. alone, there are upwards of 108 million dieters who usually make several attempts at weight loss each year. Eighty-five percent of these dieters are female.
If you’re having trouble going to sleep, crashing during the day, feeling tired all day but energetic at night; if you are exhausted but have trouble falling asleep, or feeling tired after a full night’s sleep, sweating excessively, feeling thirsty and can’t seem to quench your thirst; if you have dry mouth, crave salt, have blurry vision or difficulty focusing, or if you’re craving stimulants such as cigarettes, caffeine, and/or sugary snacks to make it through the day, you likely have adrenal fatigue, and adrenal fatigue and weight loss resistance.
What is Adrenal fatigue?
The adrenals are two small glands that sit atop the kidneys but have a major role in how you react to stress. The adrenals are reactionary glands that spit out adrenaline in response to stress. They also spit out cortisol, which is how your body knows when it’s time to wake up in the morning,
Adrenal fatigue happens when the function of the adrenals becomes deregulated, or fatigued, and releases cortisol at night, rather than in the morning. Alternatively, the adrenals keep the body in a state of stress by releasing adrenaline too often in response to stressors.
How Adrenal Fatigue Contributes To Gain Weight
Adrenal fatigue and weight loss resistance, most times, happens due to a fatty liver –medically known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which ultimately slows the filtering function of the body and causes the body to store visceral fat. This usually occurs around middle age, however if diet is poor, fatty liver can occur younger. Typically, when fatty liver happens, your liver is unable to properly process and store glucose causing your body to store it as fat. This is commonly known as insulin resistance. Because the liver function has slowed or become fatty and sluggish, the adrenals have to kick into overdrive to protect the pancreas. This is what makes the adrenals and you “fatigued.” It is also the fast road to type 2 diabetes.
Adrenal fatigue and weight loss resistance occur because the adrenals are overworked and fatigued, hormone levels are off and energy levels plummet. Naturally this is a major contributor for weight gain, especially if you find yourself craving sugary drinks and junk foods to keep your energy up during your mid-day crashes.
Love Your Liver
Your liver is the hardest working organ in your body and if its not cared for properly it can become sluggish, resulting in other organs to become sluggish too.
Sluggish liver, adrenal fatigue and weight gain are a package deal. A sluggish or fatty liver is the reason you see fat storage around the belly area that doesn’t easily come off. Sluggish liver is the reason you have adrenal fatigue, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
Eating Frequently Is Key to Restoring The Adrenals
Eating five to six small, nourishing, plant-based meals each day can greatly help your fatigued adrenal glands and help regulate your blood sugar levels. Ideally these small meals should include a potassium and mineral salt combination, such as dates celery and an apple for example, or a sweet potato with a small kale salad, dressed in fresh squeezed lemon.
Your adrenals release cortisol if your blood sugar drops too low between meals. You want to avoid this. Therefore, if you frequently go without eating for long stretches, you’re straining your adrenals and not giving them a chance to recuperate. One easy way to support your adrenals is to eat a light, balanced meal every two hours. This will help to keep blood sugar steady throughout the day so your adrenals get a break.
Eat Foods That Work With Your Adrenals Not Against Them
Foods that work with your adrenals include, asparagus, bananas, garlic, broccoli, raspberries, blackberries, wild blueberries, kale, romaine lettuce, and red-skinned apples and sprouts. These foods help reduce inflammation, lower bodily stress, balance sugar levels and provide critical nutrients for the body and especially, adrenal function.
Generally a plant-based diet is best for restoring a sluggish liver. What is more, drastically lowering your fat intake (even if it's plant-based fats) is essential for losing weight and reversing fatty liver. This is because a very high-fat diet burdens both the pancreas and liver, which can negatively impact weight and blood sugar levels. When your blood sugar is not under control, it creates a massive strain on your adrenals as they struggle to produce hormones to compensate.
By taking these steps your body will be equipped to cope with whatever external or internal stress comes your way. By consuming healthy, nutrient-rich foods at regular intervals, you will nourish yourself—and give your adrenal glands a break so that they can respond when you really need it.