According to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) the rates of obesity in Australia have increased for both adults and children over the past few decades. Comparisons among other developed countries show that Australia has the second highest rate of obesity for males and the fifth highest for females. Many experts are concerned about the effect rising obesity may have on our rates of diabetes, heart disease and other disorders, perhaps even on our life expectancy. Halting and reversing this trend has now become a national priority.
Couple these figures with a recent report in The Age that only 6% of Australians are eating adequate levels of fruit and vegetables, it becoming quite obvious that our lifestyles, what we eat and how we eat are reflecting our significant weight gain as a nation.
Poor diet and lifestyle are the most common reasons people become overweight. It is logical, then, to presume that reversing these western lifestyle factors will be enough to reverse the weight gain.
However, as most of us know from experience, getting the weight off and keeping it off is often not that simple.
Insulin Signalling Disturbances
The relationship between obesity and insulin resistance is highly complex. Poor eating habits sustained over long periods of time cause elevations in blood glucose and a subsequent increase in insulin secretion. Insulin is the hormone that our muscle, fat and liver cells use to uptake glucose from the blood and use for energy. When people are insulin resistant, their cells do not respond properly to insulin. As a result their bodies need more insulin to help glucose enter cells. The pancreas tries to keep up with this increased demand for insulin by producing more. Eventually the pancreas fails to keep up with the body’s need for insulin and the excess glucose builds up in the blood stream, setting the stage for diabetes. Many people with insulin resistance have high levels of both glucose and insulin circulating in their blood at the same time.
To lead to more effective weight loss, as well as long term health, insulin resistance must be addressed.
Regulation Of Energy Balance: (Energy In Vs Energy Out)
In pure mathematical terms the energy we put into our body (food) should equal the energy expended from our body (movement). If this occurs then the energy stores within our body (fat stores) will remain the same:
Energy In → Energy Stores ← Energy Out
However for over 60% of Australians it actually looks like this:
Energy In → Energy Stores ← Energy Out
To effectively … long term weight loss we need to identify and address is the contributing factors of the above imbalances.
Contributing Factors Of Increased Energy In:
- Large food portion sizes
- Affordable, energy-dense (high fat, salt & sugar) diet
- Stress and mood disordered eating (reward eating)
- Blood Glucose imbalances
Contributing Factors Of Decreased Energy Out:
- Sedentary Lifestyle
- Low muscle mass
- Slow Metabolism
- Hormonal Imbalances (eg thyroid)
- Lack of dietary phytochemicals (low vegetable and fruit intake)
Contributing Factors Of Increased Energy Stores:
- Insulin Resistance
- Gut Toxicity
- Environmental Chemicals
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Vit D deficiency
So what becomes obvious is… what we eat, how we eat, the amount we eat and why we eat coupled with lack of movement, will directly influence how and where our body metabolises and stores energy (fat).
Toxins (from our food and environment), stress, lack of sleep and nutrient deficiencies will all impact our body’s fat metabolising pathways. Other physiological pathways including our “satiety system”(feeling of fullness), mitochondrial system (the cells the body uses to convert our food into energy), insulin production system and metabolism are directly influenced not only by the food we eat and the exercise we do, but also by the amount of stress we are under, the amount of sleep we get and whether the body has the right nutrients available at the time for them to actually work effectively.
So that simple mathematic equation of energy in should equal energy out is very simplistic. And we as individuals are anything but simplistic.
But what we do know, at the very basic level, is that the quality and quantity of food we eat, the amount of movement we do each day, the amount of stress we are under and the level of toxins we are exposed to will directly influence every cell of our body which in turn will directly impact the way we look, the way we feel and the way we age.
So if you are serious about losing fat and are ready to Transform it is up to you to start reducing your serving sizes and start moving… every day.
The thing is, nobody can do it for you. It is entirely up to you to make the decision to live a different life and be the person you want to be. We are certainly here to help you and give professional and expert advice. But we can’t do it for you… this has got to be all you.
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