The most obvious is eating too much!
However if you are following a healthy weight management plan, like a zest4life low GL programme and struggling to shift those lbs. it could be ‘inflammation‘ that is stopping progress.
What Is Inflammation?
Inflammation is the bodies biochemical safety response to any form of assault. Chemicals known as cytokines call our body to action whenever we are bruised, injured or attacked in some way. We are familiar with the obvious signs of inflammation – redness, swelling, heat increase and pain, however food choices, lack of exercise, poorly managed stress, toxins, and obesity (particularly central abdominal obesity) can all trigger inflammatory responses that continue at a low-grade.
Fat Cells Produce Inflammatory Chemicals!
Fat cells and especially fat cells around the middle produce hormones called adipocytokines and these set off the bodies inflammatory response and trigger further inflammatory chemical release. Inflammatory chemicals interfere with insulin management; the hormone that manages blood sugar and also affect the use of a hormone called leptin. Leptin is the hormone we produce to help regulate appetite and metabolism and where this is not effectively working, a sluggish metabolism occurs and our ability to know when we have had enough to eat is reduced.
What You Can Do….
For health and for healthy weight management a ‘REAL FOOD’ diet is required.
However we also need to note that some foods are pro-inflammatory and thereby trigger the inflammatory response; notably red meats, high fat dairy foods, white and refined sugars, refined processed carbohydrates and processed hydrogenated fats.
Some foods have anti-inflammatory effects and where these form a large part of the diet they will aid healthy weight loss.
The Basis of an Anti-inflammatory Diet
- Remove foods you are intolerant to (you may know what these are or use the help of a Nutritionist),
- Reduce the foods listed above.
- Daily eat 7-9 portions of rich, dark coloured vegetables and berries,
- Eat 3 portions (a portion is approx. the size of a pack of cards) of fish and especially oily fish weekly,
- Have 1 portion of brassica vegetables daily (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, brussel sprouts) or rocket or watercress
- Take a tablespoon of freshly ground flaxseed daily on or with meals.
For more help with food choices and eating a diet that will promote healthy sustainable weight loss, contact a qualified Nutritionist.
At Orchard clinic, I offer eating and meal plans for weight loss and coaching to ensure successful results are achieved. I also offer Skype and phone appointments.