One Important Reason Why Weight Loss Programs Fail

Today, people are bombarded with advertisements for weigh-loss programs, from TV commercials, print ads and even websites or blogs. Indeed, in an era where lifestyle diseases have become prevalent, the Holy Grail of modern men and women is to have greater health and fitness.

But beyond images of chiselled physiques and numerous, if not contrasting, studies, why are there still so many people struggling with excess weight? What the so-called experts won’t tell you is that stubborn fat can almost always be attributed to one factor: your gut.

Your Gut and Fat Loss

The digestive tract, or your gut, is responsible for the nourishment of all the cells in your body. You may think that you are eating smart with Paleo and gluten-free diets, but from a microscopic perspective, there might be something wrong. How do you know that your body and its cells are getting and absorbing all the essential nutrients they need?

When you have the condition that is known as increased intestinal permeability, or leaky gut, your digestive tract and its lining break down. In turn, this hampers its ability to block toxins, bacteria and even poorly digested food particles. In turn, these can lead to obesity and problems with your metabolism.

How a Leaky Gut Effects Your Body

When your gut loses its ability to block out toxins, your body reacts by mounting an attack on those toxins in the form of inflammation. Inflammation is your body’s way of protecting you. However, if the problem persists over time and your body remains in a constant state of inflammation, the body allocates its resources toward this instead of fat loss.

A leaky gut also has an adverse effect on your body’s ability to create and traffic hormones. When your body is in a state of inflammation, this triggers the overproduction of the cortisol hormone which plays a vital role in weight loss. Simply put, you cannot burn fat if you have high levels of cortisol in your body due to a leaky gut.

How Do You Know if You Have a Leaky Gut?

A leaky gut manifests itself in a variety of symptoms including chronic fatigue, autoimmune disease, food sensitivities, joint pain, skin problems and more.

Fixing a leaky gut involves three important steps.

First, look at what you’re eating. Often, a leaky gut is triggered by the food you consume. For most people, this could either be grains or eggs. Celiac and gluten sensitivity, in fact, can be considered a form of leaky gut.

Once you have identified the food items that cause your leaky gut, the next crucial step is to modify both your diet and your lifestyle. People often overlook the effect of their lifestyle, particularly stress and anxiety and the role of both in causing fat. To repair your gut, you need to buffer yourself against the things that cause your stress.

Finally, you need to consult a medical professional to root out the cause of your leaky gut, the most common of which is digestive tract infection.

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