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Weight Management

If you’re Overweight or obese, losing weight is about more than just looking good and fitting into those jeans… although of course feeling good about how you look is important.

Being Overweight can also lead to a variety of serious health problems, such as high blood pressure, atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries which can cause cardiovascular problems) type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol levels, breathlessness, snoring and sleep apnea, joint problems, low confidence and more.

So why is it that almost 50% of Americans are struggling with obesity? Almost everyone feels like diet is key. We tend to focus on eating less, or changing what we eat to healthier alternatives…

But if dieting is the only solution we need, then why have nearly 80% of Americans tried a diet but failed to maintain it long term? Isn’t it true to say that if any of these diets truly made you feel amazing, as well as making you lose weight, then you could easily stick with it long term? So what’s the missing factor? From our perspective, almost all the media, health gurus, nutritional “experts” and doctors are not aware of a key component of weight loss: that Genetics play a huge part in which diet works best for you (it's important to understand that no two people are the same) and that some people also have more of a Genetic tendency towards being Overweight than others.

If you choose to get the Genetic Insights Weight Loss Reports, you’ll discover if you have a Genetic tendency to be Overweight, or not. If you do, you’ll get specific recommendations(see below for some examples).

You will also find out if you have a tendency towards Visceral Fat (“hidden fat” that builds up in your abdominal cavities around your organs) which is important because it's more unhealthy than being Overweight in general, and has negative outcomes. It’s extremely important to reduce Visceral Fat as well as not being Overweight to live a longer and healthier life.

The 4 Fundamental Factors That Affect Your Ability to Lose Weight

1. Diet and Macronutrients

When it comes to diet, the main thing we have found that helps people to lose weight is to discover the best source of calories for them, rather than trying to limit calories. The idea of just reducing calories is an outdated and oversimplified idea. This is why limiting calories rarely works long term, because we will eventually ‘slip up’, and binge on the type(s) of macronutrients that we’ve been missing and craving.

The reality is that every person has a different requirement for the three macronutrients that contain calories - Carbohydrates, Fat and Protein, and when you found out what's the right balance for you, and stick to it, it’s very easy to feel satiated and it actually becomes quite difficult to overeat.

Get the right Balance of Protein, Carbs and Fat for your Unique Genetic Type

Carbohydrates are often blamed for weight gain and for a lot of people, excess Carbohydrates is a significant factor… but not for everyone. Some people are well adapted genetically to Carbohydrates, and can tolerate almost any level of Carbohydrates well, so long as they're not extremely excessive or refined. Others who have more of a ‘Hunter Gatherer’ Genetic Type really can't handle any level of Carbohydrates well, leading to weight gain and so, they would do better eating something close to a Ketogenic diet, where most calories come from fats and some from proteins.

(By the way, if you are sure that a Ketogenic Diet suits you best but you struggle to stick to it, then we recommend our Keto BHB Formula. By using this formula, you can support the levels of Ketones in your body, which keeps your energy levels up and makes it easier to stick to the diet).

Also, raising your Serotonin levels is one of the best ways to curb any desire you have to overindulge in Carbohydrates. 5 HTP is excellent for this because it is the direct precursor to Serotonin. We recommend in most cases to take 5 HTP at the end of the day, not long before sleep, due to its calming effect. It’s a great natural way to raise Serotonin to reduce your Carbohydrate cravings and consumption [1].

In terms of Fat, the old fashioned idea that eating Fat will make you fat has been largely discredited and is not really in fashion any more, but again - our experience is that this depends on genetics. Some people have a tendency that if they eat a lot of Fat (especially Saturated Fat) then it could lead to weight gain, which is why it’s important to find out if that’s true for you.

A lot of weight loss diets, like Atkins, rely on eating high levels of Protein. Protein is arguably the only ‘essential’ macronutrient, because technically you can survive without Carbohydrates and without most Fats (except a very small amount of Omegas 3 & 6). On a practical level, eating a high Protein diet is very satiating, it’s hard to consume too many calories on a very high protein diet for any type!

The downside to this is that different people have different genetic abilities to absorb a lot of Protein, so it's crucial to tap into your DNA and find out if your body can handle it, before you go onto a high Protein diet to lose weight - if your body struggles to process a lot of Protein, that can actually cause a lot of problems, as protein is the least ‘clean burning’ fuel, and eating an excess can really stress your kidneys and other bodily systems due to a build up of acidity and other compounds.

Lastly, the rate at which your body burns calories is also important. The faster your metabolism, the faster you burn calories… and the faster you burn calories, the less likely you are to gain weight and more likely to lose weight. Our Metabolic Rate report will help you discover if you have a Genetic Tendency to a faster or slower metabolism. One factor that can lead to a slowed down metabolism is an Underactive Thyroid, which we will cover in the next section….

2. Hormones

The Key Hormone for Weight Loss?

The most important hormone of all (that most people don't think of as a hormone when it comes to weight loss) is Insulin, which is produced in your pancreas. The reason why Insulin is so important is because people tend to eat, and especially overeat, when their blood sugar is low (Hypoglycemia), and having the right amount of insulin is key to keeping your blood sugar relatively stable.

It’s very important to find out if you have a Genetic Tendency towards Hypoglycemia and High or Low Fasting Glucose, as these tend to be early warning signs that there’s a problem with the pancreas. If pancreatic problems are not addressed, they could eventually lead to a person having chronically High Blood Sugar (a serious medical condition), which makes it difficult to lose weight.

The best way to tell if your blood sugar is high is to do a HbA1c test. Your blood sugar changes from minute to minute and while a Fasting Glucose test is useful, it can be misleading. A HbA1c will tell you what your average blood sugar has been over the last 2- 3 months, giving you a good idea if you are developing High Blood Sugar or Insulin Resistance, both of which can lead to weight gain.

Whether your blood sugar is high or low (or swings between high and low), the key thing for blood sugar is balance. One of the biggest recommendations we can make to keep your blood sugar balanced is to make sure you eat a proper meal with a good balance of Protein, Carbohydrates and Fats in your meal that is optimal for your genetics - see Genetic Insights tests to work out the best balance for you.

It’s also best not to wait too long before eating your first meal - intermittent fasting is great for some people and has many benefits but it’s generally not good for people with blood sugar issues.

If you do have a tendency towards Hypoglycemia, it’s particularly important to learn what type of foods to eat with the right balance of macronutrients, as well as finding the right time of day, and the right quantity and frequency to eat, to keep your blood sugars balanced. You’ll find that when you keep your blood sugar balanced, your appetite will be significantly reduced, which will help your weight loss efforts.

Herbs that Can Support Your Blood Sugar Levels?

Taking various nutrients and herbs can also help to balance your blood sugar levels. First up we have Berberine, which has been shown to be effective at lowering High Blood Sugar, as well as helping to regulate blood sugar [2]. Studies have also shown Berberine to be effective in aiding weight loss [3].

Similarly, Cinnamon has been shown to be excellent at helping to balance blood sugar [4] and can also help to reduce food intake [5]. The type of Cinnamon you want to use is called Ceylon Cinnamon, as it is significantly more powerful than Cassia Cinnamon - the most common form you can find which is more likely to cause problems in the long term.

Turmeric and Ginger have also been shown to help stabilize blood sugar [6] and optimize levels of HbA1c [7,8] and can be found in our Turmeric With Ginger Premium Formula, along with Bioperine (a patented black pepper extract containing Piperine) that is essential for the absorption of Turmeric which is poorly absorbed without it [9].

Probiotics have also been found to balance your blood sugar by making your gut more sensitive to Insulin [10].

Your Thyroid Can Actually Cause Problems with Losing or Gaining Weight

Other hormones that are also highly important in order to lose weight but are less focused on are Thyroid, particularly an Underactive Thyroid. It's become fashionable these days to mock people who blame their inability to lose weight on their Thyroid, but our understanding is that this is a very real consideration.

Even though Diet and Exercise are very important, it is a lot easier to lose weight (and keep it off) when your Thyroid is functioning properly. This is because an optimized Thyroid will lead to an increase in Metabolic Rate, which causes your body to burn more calories and energy. In contrast, someone who is closer to or has an Overactive Thyroid, where the Metabolic Rate becomes too high, will find it extremely difficult to gain weight, no matter how much they eat.

If you suspect you have an issue with your Thyroid it's important to seek a qualified medical practitioner who is interested in optimizing Thyroid function, because it generally requires some form of medication. However, Ashwagandha has been shown in studies [11] to help support the healthy optimization of Thyroid function, especially when it is suboptimal, but not underfunctioning enough that you would qualify for medication.

The nutrients that are most associated with the Thyroid are Iodine (which is best found in foods such as seafood and sea vegetables) and Selenium, which is actually fairly low in food (and varies wildly) so we recommend supplementing in the form of the amino acid Chelate.

Iodine can be found in a natural food form in our Sea Moss Formula, a natural form being best to prevent Iodine Overdosing, and Selenium can be found in our All In One Multivitamin.

Excessive Estradiol and Weight Gain?

Estradiol (which is the main form of Estrogen in your body) is crucial when it comes to weight loss. Estradiol is an anabolic compound (meaning: growth promoting) and when it becomes excessive, it can lead to weight gain and specifically gaining fat. This cause of weight gain is especially common in men as they get older, because men need less Estradiol than women do, but excess Estradiol adversely affects both genders [12].

If you do have excessively high Estradiol levels, our Natural PCT Formula is a safe, natural, Herbal Based Formula that can help you to reduce it. However, we strongly recommend taking a blood test before using our Natural PCT Formula as too little Estrogen is also a problem and not good for your health - we only want to lower Estrogen if it actually needs to be lowered.

Another hormone that’s important, specifically for men, is Testosterone. Many studies have shown that lower Testosterone in men leads to increased weight gain [13], as well as not being able to lose weight effectively [14]. It’s unclear if this is due to a lack of Testosterone, or because of the excess Estrogen in relation to low Testosterone (as Estrogen leads to gaining weight, especially fat).

To raise your Testosterone, especially for men whose Estrogen is high compared to Testosterone, our Natural PCT Formula is a great choice because it contains ingredients that can lower the conversion of Testosterone into Estrogen. This reduces Estrogen levels in your body and increases Testosterone. Again, we highly recommend taking a blood test before using our Natural PCT Formula to be sure your Testosterone is low and/or your Estrogen is high.

Can Oxytocin Curb Cravings by Increasing Satiety?

Oxytocin is also an anabolic compound, but Oxytocin actually leads to fat loss while also helping to build muscle and bone mass. Although sometimes referred to as “love hormone” - our experience and research says that in practice, Oxytocin makes you feel content or satisfied. In fact, Oxytocin is sometimes used ‘off-label’ to help people to feel more satiated, to stop them overeating and even to help refrain from indulging in addictive behavior like drugs [15].

Some people have a genetic tendency towards lower Oxytocin levels, which is why it’s very important to find out your Genetic Tendency so you can devise a strategy to help raise your Oxytocin if you are inclined to lower levels. While you may not qualify for medication, there are ways to raise your levels naturally if you need to.

3. Eating Disorders

Usually when people think of losing weight they focus on diet, and of course, it's extremely important, but some people have a genetic tendency towards Eating Disorders.

While some Eating Disorders such as anorexia and bulimia lead to unhealthy weight loss, others can lead to weight gain, when a person compulsively eats, or they may go through periods of binging and purging. If this is something you struggle with, it’s extremely important to resolve it.

You can take a Genetics Test to discover your tendencies towards Eating Disorders, and of course there may be Psychological Trauma or other psychological issues at play, which we’ll cover next.

4. Mental/Psychological State

Lastly, a key issue that can stop us from losing weight, that many in the health world ignore, are Psychological factors. It’s important to find out if you have Genetic Tendency towards Stress and/or Low Mood because in either case whether we’re feeling stressed or down, very commonly we will self medicate by over eating food (especially junk food high in sugars and fats) which can lead to both general weight gain and Visceral Fat gain.

Research has found Vitamin D3 [16] and Turmeric [17] to be helpful in reducing Visceral Fat.

It’s vital to take Vitamin K2 alongside Vitamin D3 because too much D3 by itself will pull calcium out of your bones, leading to lower bone density vascular calcification, or hardening of the arteries. Vitamin K2 works to put calcium back into your bones [18], as well as helping to keep your arteries clear. We recommend our Vitamin D3 and K2 formula for its perfect balance of these 2 nutrients.

Our Genetic Tendency towards Psychological Trauma is also important, because when we overeat it's often to distract ourselves from uncomfortable deep-rooted feelings. For example, Fatty foods will tend to raise our levels of Oxytocin, which will make us feel content, Carbohydrates will raise our levels of Serotonin making us feel confident, happy and relaxed, and Proteins will raise our levels of Dopamine, which is the motivational feel good chemical.

We tend to medicate ourselves with food to avoid feeling painful feelings, so it’s especially important to be aware of your feelings and to address them appropriately and in a healthy manner to increase your chances of having a successful weight loss regime.

As well as being aware of your feelings, for Stress, Low Mood and/or Psychological Trauma we’d recommend Omega-3s, which help to reduce inflammation in the brain, improve mood, and reduce stress and anxiety. Also helpful for this is Ashwagandha, which can help with Thyroid optimization [21] and also reducing stress chemicals [22], specifically cortisol. Saffron has also been shown to improve mood by increasing neurotransmitters like Serotonin [23], and reducing stress chemicals [24].

Vitamin D is also crucial to mood and low levels are regularly linked to people with Low Mood or depression [25].

Lastly, in terms of supporting general weight loss (no matter what the cause) we recommend CLA which is also a type of fat (like Omega-3) that can help to boost your metabolism, thus aiding obesity & weight management by reducing body weight, reducing BMI, total fat mass, fat percentage and fat burned while sleeping [26].
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