Gaining weight might not be your fault

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It might not be your fault.

In my related article, I discussed the importance of the hormone Leptin in weight loss.  I explained that if this hormone mechanism fails, then most diets and exercise will fail as well – despite your best efforts.  There are two potential reasons for this hormone mechanism failure:  First, the over-consumption of sugar and processed grains, and, second, toxicity.

Toxicity may be the less obvious, but in my opinion, the greater problem of the two.  When toxins enter your body, they have an affinity for fat cells, due to the fact that they are fat soluble.  When the toxins attach to the outer cell membrane, which is made of a lipid bi-layer (two layers of fat), it causes the cells to continually release Leptin.  And when Leptin is elevated too often, just like Insulin in Type II Diabetes, the receptors burn out and the message is not heard.  Remember, Leptin is the hormone that tells the brain to burn fat for energy.  Therefore, weight gain that does not respond to exercise or diet is inevitably due to Leptin resistance.

According to Dr. Richie Shoemaker, MD, “One-third of all leptin resistance comes from the chronic biotoxic illnesses that are now spreading rapidly” across North America.  When we add in general toxicity from our food and environment, the problem is epidemic.  Dr. Shoemaker is the foremost authority on biotoxic illness, and believes that ninety-eight percent of those who are significantly overweight are leptin resistant, most of which he feels is due to toxicity.

The toxins also cause the release of chemicals called cytokines that damage Leptin receptors in the brain (hypothalamus).  Once the receptors to Leptin have been damaged, Weight Loss Resistance is only the first of many problems.

Your body makes an extremely important hormone called MSH (Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone).  MSH is produced in the hypothalamus by Leptin, and it controls nerve, hormone, cytokine functions, skin and mucus membrane defenses, and the production of endorphins and melatonin.  If your brain cannot hear Leptin, and is therefore “Leptin Resistant,” you will eventually become MSH deficient.

What does this mean?  It means that every immune and hormone response in your body will be altered.  Practically speaking, you feel horrible and cannot figure out why.  You find yourself on medications, chasing symptoms on a never-ending downward spiral.

Once this hormone mechanism fails it will become nearly impossible to lose weight.  Nonetheless, there is hope. If the Advanced Nutrition Plan is the correct diet for you (based on 5 simple factors), the weight will come off with ease.  Maximized Living’s Advanced Plan was designed to target hormone imbalances in the body and is the only diet that corrects the problem.

However, if you remain unable to burn fat, toxicity must be considered and is likely the cause of your uncontrollable cravings, diet failures, hormone imbalances, and your inability to lose weight despite your best efforts.  In Maximized Living, with the help of our partners, we have tests that determine if toxicity is the problem.  An optional toxicity pre-screening is now available and at a discount to Maximized Living Seminar participants.

In our Maximized Living Seminar, I will discuss this in detail.  I will teach about the factors involved in customizing a diet based on your hormones.  You will be able to have your Leptin levels tested scientifically – and be screened for toxicity, body mass index, weight, and body fat percentage.  Finally, we will discuss which exercises hinder weight loss and which exercises promote it.  Most people equate weight loss with aerobic exercise.  Look around any health club and you will see countless people fervently running, jogging, stepping and even bouncing with the expectation of the pounds melting away.  The truth is, after their first five to ten pounds of losing weight, their hormone mechanisms begin to work against them.  Because of this, they must continue to invest even more time to maintain just the five or ten pounds that they originally lost.  The good news is that the proper exercises to lose weight only take minutes, and in our Maximized Living Seminar, we will demonstrate how with even the busiest of schedules this can be accomplished.

This science of Weight Loss Resistance will bring us out of the dark ages of extreme dieting and exercise, not only for those who cannot lose weight, but also for those who are challenged with chronic illness.
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Dr. B.J. Hardick

About Dr. B.J. Hardick

Raised in a holistic family, Dr. B.J. Hardick is an organic food fanatic, green living aficionado, and has spent the majority of his life working in natural health care. In 2009, he wrote his first book, Maximized Living Nutrition Plans, which has now been used professionally in over 500 health clinics. Dr. Hardick regularly blogs healthy recipes and holistic health articles on his own website, DrHardick.com, and speaks to numerous professional and public audiences every year. In his spare time, he invests his keen interest in sustainable living into urban development in his hometown of London, Ontario.

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