As a trainer I often hear these words; “I’ve been on a zillion diets and they just don’t work for me!” In this article I will explain failed diets in detail.

It is not always a simple case of over eating, there is however a chance that you might be eating more than you think you are.

A portion size is actually much smaller than the sizes served in restaurants. This maybe the very reason your diets are not working and you are failing to lose weight. Then again you may not be eating enough…

There are several diets out there that drop caloric input to 1,200 calories or below. You will lose weight in the beginning with these diets. However, as your caloric input dips, so does your metabolism and your digestive strength.


There are also many other factors that cause diet failure, one of them is fat intake. Fat actually aids in weight loss, but if you eat out a lot or don’t eat whole foods, your fat burning hormones that depend on a healthy gallbladder and liver may be sluggish. Thus, if gallbladder detoxification isn’t working well your body will store fat since the gallbladder’s main function is to digest fat.

It’s the balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids that are important. Omega-3’s are the most important because they provide for brain health and anti-inflammatory properties, and are found in whole unrefined foods. If your consumption of fat is predominantly from a jar, restaurant food or processed food, the fat is probably rancid, identified as foreign, will produce inflammation and be stored as fat.

Also, if the majority of your fat is unsaturated, estrogen levels rise, thus waste glucose and raise insulin levels; major hormone disruptor. But what about protein? When you are not eating enough protein, and eating higher amounts of carbs and processed foods and other foreign substances, your intestinal wall gets damaged and leads to the inability to absorb food.

Mal-absorption of food leads to lowered metabolism, including a loss of muscle mass. Furthermore, balancing protein and carbohydrate are vital to a high metabolism.

Proper carbohydrate loading and timing is the key to metabolism regulation

Your body needs the right kind of carbohydrates, at the right time. Thus your body’s main source of energy should come from carbs. However, if your body detects a lack of energy, thus a lack of carbohydrates, blood sugar rises as does insulin levels and fat storage is the by-product.

So we call fiber to the rescue. Your body needs 40-50 grams of fiber daily.

Furthermore, optimal fiber aids proper digestion of foods, slows the release of sugar in the system, and keeps the gallbladder, intestines and colon free of toxic build up. Toxins are a major culprit behind fat storage, thus optimal fiber will keep your system regular, prevent bloating and aid in weight loss. The liver is also an optimal aid for detoxification and metabolic regulation.

To release fat, your body must have its fat burning hormones working properly. These are stored in your liver. However for the liver to work optimally, the gallbladder must make enough bile to break down fat consumption. When the gallbladder and liver are working well, fat burning hormones will be at their peak, including the conversion of thyroid hormone T4 to T3. T3 is your metabolic helper to keep your metabolism at its peak.

However, too much sugar and the wrong type of fat, produce a sluggish gallbladder and liver, leading to imbalanced hormone and energy levels.

To release fat you must expend energy. Exercise is good, but too much is not. If you are over exercising, your body will hold onto fat. Also, if you over-exercise blood sugar increases to extract needed energy, and it will usually extract it from your much needed muscle, which helps keep metabolism balanced.

Under-exercise may also be the case and is self-explanatory, as you may need more. You may also need more sleep. Later in the evening insulin levels peak. Therefore if you are low carbing, your blood sugar will be at its peak as well, thus cortisol levels will follow suit.

Cortisol levels should be dropping in the evening hours. However, if you leave carbs out of your dinner meal, you will go through the evening tired and wired, leading to higher cortisol levels, thus insomnia. To combat insomnia you may decide to eat something, which will only lead to further fat storage.Eating late is not good for your metabolism or your brain.

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Tiredness usually leads to negative thinking. Thoughts that are negative are a threat to your brain, thus your brain speaks to the rest of your system, including your adrenal glands.

The adrenal glands take on the brunt of negative thought processes. The adrenal glands are regulators of cortisol, the hormone that is released due to blood sugar spikes. Negative thinking leads to stress which raises blood sugar, thus contributes to fat storage.

As a suggestion: “Think on those things that are lovely, praiseworthy, honorable, admirable, etc.” These thoughts calm the brain and help keep cortisol intact.

Cortisol’s role is to control blood sugar throughout the day. Dieting, or skipping meals is a threat to the body, thus cortisol levels will rise due to the perceived threat. When cortisol rises, it is a call to extract energy. Thus, the body will extract energy from the muscles and liver. A consistent rise in cortisol sends a message to store fat for energy.

However, there is a way to eat plenty of carbs and still release fat

Cortisol levels rise during any threat to the body, such as inflammation, stress, lack of sleep, medications, dieting, depression, relationship issues, toxins, etc. Thus just in the past 20 years our food and air has become more toxic, our pace has increased tenfold, noise is everywhere, food is laced with more sugar, decreased fiber, and taxed with chemicals.

Our time in the sun has decreased, we sleep less, worry more over financial futures and have less true friends.

So the more your body struggles physically, mentally, or emotionally the higher the rate of stress, thus fat storage.

As you can see there are numerous reasons you maybe failing to lose weight but I hope this has given you good information and insight.

I have an in-depth “metabolic weight loss program” available on my website and you can find out more and connect with me here on my profile page.

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