For years you have been trying to improve your health, lose weight and feel full of energy. Science tells us that losing weight is 80% diet and 20% exercise.

Is body weight just a mathematical calculation of calories?

Most people still believe that body weight is simply a matter of calories in via diet versus calories out via exercise.

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Yet despite all your best efforts, your body does not cooperate. You have read books, magazine articles, followed DVDs, spoken to PTs, tried so many diet and exercise regimens… and yet you are nowhere near your goals.

What is going on?

The assumption by many is that those who can’t lose weight are simply not trying hard enough. Advice from experts is often contradictory too.

You may hear instructions to eat less sugar, or to spend more time exercising vs being sedentary, and then exercising outdoors rather than indoors, doing interval training instead of slow steady and lengthy workouts…

There is so much to listen to. And then, of course, there is illness or a rather indulgent personality.

Adrenal fatigue

But the truth need not be too mysterious or perplexing. The explanation that frequently makes far more sense is Adrenal Fatigue.

On the whole, the notion of adrenaline dysfunction does not sit well with mainstream medicine. Many doctors will likely dismiss you if you try to discuss it with them.

They will say that your adrenal glands are either perfectly fine or in failure – there’s simply no middle ground. 

In actuality, thousands of studies absolutely show that your adrenals and their functions in that in-between state can be associated with problems including obesity, high blood sugar, and insulin resistance.

Your body’s hormones

Your adrenal glands are each no bigger than a walnut and weigh less than a grape, yet are responsible for one of the most important functions in your body: managing your stress.

Today we know that adrenal glands are a critical part of the endocrine system, which is the group of glands that produce the body’s hormones.

adrenal fatigue_2Your hormones determine your answers to questions like:

– are you in good mood
– how well do you sleep at night
– is it easy to maintain your weight
– do you get afternoon crashes
– is your blood sugar steady or are you diabetic
– do you heal promptly after injuries

Adrenal glands produce and regulate your stress hormones

Normally, when the stress dissipates, the glands have time to rest and prepare for the next stressful event.

However if your stress levels remain chronically high, your body will remain locked in a state of stress.

If your stress hormone levels remain elevated for extended periods of time, your body’s ability to recover can be reduced and the ability of your adrenals to make stress hormones can be compromised.

Therefore it can be no surprise to learn that, under chronic stress conditions, the adrenals eventually ‘burn out’. At this point, the adrenals become fatigued and can no longer sustain an adequate response to stress.

Once the glands have been depleted of their ability to produce stress hormones, it becomes more and more difficult for the body to recover.

Constant fatigue and low-level depression can appear in otherwise emotionally healthy people.

In part 2 tomorrow Dr. Brunhuber will explore further issues and causes of Adrenal Fatigue as well as looking at all-important solutions.

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