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Allergic To Exercise?

Amberleigh CarterComment

Feel like you're "allergic" to exercise?

Most people in society, including health professionals, currently view weight gain as a result of not moving enough and eating too much.  It would be logical to then assume that increasing your exercise frequency would help you to lose weight. 

However, weight gain is not the outcome of not enough exercise; it is the end result of being hypo-metabolic (having a damaged or an inefficient metabolism).  This all starts with food quality (organic vs. conventional), type (fresh produce vs. processed products), frequency (how often you eat), and ratios (protein, carbohydrate, and fat amounts in one meal/snack).

By decreasing energy intake (reduce eating calories from food), while increasing energy demand (increasing the amount of movement) with breathless exercise, you are putting your body further into a stressed state.  It's not as simple as calories in, calories out.

When the consumption of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are inadequate (either not enough, or the wrong types/ratios/frequency), your body does not have enough fuel to get through the day, much less to get you through exercise (a stressor, itself).

Starting an exercise program and eating less to lose weight causes many to become discouraged about their health when symptoms arise, such as weight gain through water retention (edema/swelling), muscle atrophy (your body eating muscle for fuel), increased anxiety, trouble sleeping, constipation, altered menstrual cycles, infertility, rapid heart beat (over 85 bpm), etc.

If you are already in a hypo-metabolic state from not properly fueling the body before performing breathless exercise (a stressor), the outcome of the exercise may put you further into a hypo-metabolic state.  So no, you're not "allergic" to exercise, you just need to work on food, first.  As Dianna Schwarzbien, MD, points out, you must get healthy to lose weight, not lose weight to get healthy.

Go Bloat Yourself

Amberleigh CarterComment

Beans, beans, they're good for your heart; the more you eat them, the more you...create a sluggish metabolism.

When it comes to eating the right protein sources, grains, lentils, soy, and beans tend to be low quality nutrients and contain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), which can greatly slow down energy production in the body.

These "protein" sources lower protein digestion, reduce mineral (i.e., calcium, zinc, etc.) absorption, decrease oxygen intake in your cells (decreased energy), and contain phytoestrogens, which increase your level of estrogen in your body. 

Increasing your estrogen levels (whether you're male or female) causes edema (swelling/bloating), increases cortisol (stress hormone), creates blood sugar instabilities, and much more.  So your body isn't bloating just for sh*ts and giggles...it's telling you something.

Although eating the right kind of protein decreases estrogen and many other anti-metabolic factors, it does not mean to increase your animal protein intake by 10.  Consuming high-quality, non-inflammatory protein plays an essential role in the body; however, too much protein, not enough carbohydrate, and vice versa, all contribute to blood sugar instabilities.

The key is to keep meals balanced and frequent to normalize blood sugar, stabilize hormones, decrease inflammation, increase absorption and nourishment, and create a healthier metabolism for increased energy.

So you can tell your grains, soy, lentils, and beans to go bloat themselves.