The struggle to get to your weightloss destination been a rocky road?
Let me just tell you this… I tried every weightloss drink, pill, rub, diet, etc. It really is no fun being big for no reason. I had no prior medical problems at the time just a pesky, annoying, influential sweet tooth surrounded by sweet lips.
The first step to any weightloss goal is be honest with yourself. What is truly holding you back? It’s you…correct? Nobody here but us two so let’s keep it real. Some people attempting weightloss like to make huge plates while others snack all throughout the day non-stop, others love to eat out way to much and then you have your impulse eaters who watch food shows or see fattening food commercials online and can’t resist making or buying it.
We all have our own sad story that placed us in an unhealthy state. Food makes you feel better, sugar plays on our brain like heroin causing what we believe is a much needed feeling of happiness! In reality those hormones of ours aren’t very smart and they don’t know nor care if we eat healthy good for you foods or drugs. At the time of ingestion it just can’t wait for the release of happy hormones.
Afterwards the long term effects cause suffering, pain, depression, anxiety, anger, the blame game and then eventually regret.
When a person is stressed out sometimes they choose to “stress eat” and that’s not what food is for. After stuffing your face the adrenal glands release the steroid hormone we call cortisol. Beware of Adrenal Burnout!
Cortisol is the body’s primary stress hormone, and it plays a very huge role in many bodily functions, including controlling blood sugar levels. Life is stressful so controlling our levels are important for our mental health.
The body relies on effective communication between the following three parts of the body to release the correct amount of cortisol:
- the adrenal gland
- the pituitary gland
- the hypothalamus (which is part of the brain)
Between them, they stimulate the production of cortisol when the body needs it and block it when the levels need to drop back down. Well that’s what it does in a normal brain. In an unhealthy brain “mental health problems” it malfunctions like a computer with a virus that can crash any second.
Both too much and too little cortisol can have an adverse effect on the body.
High cortisol level symptoms
Excess cortisol could result from a tumor or as a side effect of some medications.
Too much cortisol can lead to Cushing’s syndrome. Symptoms include:
- a flushed face
- muscle weakness
- increased thirst
- urinating more frequently
- changes in mood, such as feeling irritable or low
- rapid weight gain in the face and abdomen
- bruises or purple stretch marks appearing on the skin
- decreased sex drive
Some people may also find that their periods become irregular or stop altogether.
Too much cortisol can also cause other conditions and symptoms, including:
- high blood pressure
- type 2 diabetes
- impaired brain function
Low cortisol level symptoms
Too little cortisol could cause Addisons Disease & this condition includes:
- muscle weakness
- gradual weight loss
- changes in mood
- areas of the skin turning darker
- low blood pressure
Dopamine is a chemical found naturally in the human body. It is a neurotransmitter, meaning it sends signals from the body to the brain.
Dopamine plays a critical, vital, & essential part in controlling the movements a person makes, as well as their emotional responses. The correct balance of dopamine is vital for both physical and mental wellbeing as well as weightloss.
Your brain functions that affect your mood, your sleep, your memory, your learning, concentration, and motor control are influenced by the levels of dopamine in your body. A dopamine deficiency causes certain medical conditions such as depression. Depression slows metabolism therefore making weightloss dang near impossible for some.
A dopamine deficiency can be caused by a sudden drop in the amount of dopamine made by the body or a problem with the receptors in the brain.
The symptoms of a dopamine deficiency depend on the underlying cause. For example, a person with Parkinson’s disease will experience very different symptoms from someone with low dopamine levels due to prescription abuse, illegal drug abuse, or an obese person with a sugar addiction.
Some signs and symptoms of conditions related to a dopamine deficiency include:
- muscle cramps, spasms, or tremors
- aches and pains
- stiffness in the muscles
- loss of balance
- difficulty eating and swallowing
- weight loss or weight gain
- gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- frequent pneumonia
- trouble sleeping or disturbed sleep
- low energy
- an inability to focus
- moving or speaking more slowly than usual
- feeling fatigued
- feeling demotivated
- feeling inexplicably sad or tearful
- mood swings
- feeling hopeless
- having low self-esteem
- feeling guilt-ridden
- feeling anxious
- suicidal thoughts or thoughts of self-harm
- low sex drive
- lack of insight or self-awareness
It is also thought that drug abuse can affect dopamine levels. Studies have shown that repeated drug use could alter the thresholds required for dopamine cell activation and signalling.
Damage caused by drug abuse means these thresholds are higher and therefore it is more difficult for a person to experience the positive effects of dopamine. Drug abusers have also been shown to have significant decreases in dopamine D2 receptors and dopamine release.
Diets high in sugar and saturated fats can suppress dopamine, and a lack of protein in a person’s diet could mean they do not have enough l-tyrosine, which is an amino acid that helps to build dopamine in the body.
Healthy weightloss here I come!
So one day I’m at work & one of my patients say “so Shamara why haven’t you told me your pregnant, I see how big your getting and I wanna know when the baby’s coming.”
I wanted to die so I said the only thing I could think of at that time that would make him “worry about himself”🤬I said O I had twins & lost them🤷🏾♀️ “don’t judge me” I was so embarrassed but It was my fault and I should have been! I immediately started going to the gym, making green smoothies and watching what I placed in my body plus nothing after 8 PM.
Weightloss results what a beautiful thing
So who would have known, I lost weight! I saw results! I felt great! I guess it’s *TRUE* “you are what you eat” and your brain will remind your body to make you feel like it too. I was able to fit into my old cute outfits I just couldn’t part with.
I love my brain but it is so two faced turning on me everytime it gets used to my current weight. I fluctuate so we been through this time & time again now we finally have a great understanding. I actually had to rewire it “mind over matter” and my body, my health, and my love of life mattered.
So your body is meant to go into survival mode if and when you restrict food, calories, fat, etc.
Once in survival mode the brain sends messages through the body to “store as much fat as possible.” Say you don’t eat breakfast, have a salad for lunch then thereafter you have a smoothie. The brain says “hey we needs all of that” your body then stores it all even though it’s not much.
The next example…your super hungry and you eat waffles, pizza, then for dinner you eat subway. First of all “you know your wrong” second of all the brain gets all excited & orders the body again to store it as fat, I mean it’s bossy & petty but very important! It’s on a mission to collect all the fat it can to protect you, then that leads to obesity, disease, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, imbalanced hormones and many other problems.
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