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If losing weight was as easy as losing your cell phone or your car keys, you’d have reached your goal weight long ago. Unfortunately, getting rid of that extra weight takes quite a bit of effort. That being said, there are a few things that might be making it harder for you to lose weight.
Here are 3 reasons why you might be struggling to lose weight and what you can do about it:
1. Poor Digestive Health
Our gut contains approximately 100 trillion microorganisms, featuring hundreds of different types of bacteria. Some bacteria are beneficial to our health while others are harmful. The so-called “good” bacteria work to do things like –
- Promote normal gastrointestinal function
- Support immune function
- Regulate metabolism
And it’s the ratio of good to bad bacteria that determines how well these functions are carried out. Any imbalances and you end up with potential disruptions to metabolism (the process by which you breakdown and utilize the nutrients from the foods you eat) and satiety responses (your feeling of fullness after a meal) – two things that can have a large impact on your weight.
2. Low Protein Intake
Getting enough protein in your diet is critical when it comes to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Why?
- It helps to control your appetite. In other words, it keeps you feeling full for a longer period of time which likely translates to fewer calories consumed over the entire day.
- It provides the building blocks for muscle. Thus, it helps you to maintain lean body mass (more muscle, less fat).
Skimp out on the protein and you’ll likely have trouble regulating your appetite as well as building and maintaining muscle – both of which are essential for weight management.
3. Slowed Metabolic Rate
Your metabolic rate reflects how quickly your body uses the energy provided by the food you eat as well as what has been stored in the body*. A large portion of this energy is used to carry out physiological processes like digesting your food, breathing, and pumping your heart.
Some energy is used to produce heat which helps regulate body temperature. And a portion of energy goes to supporting your physical activity. Certain tissues have higher energy demands to support their physiological functions and thus, are considered more metabolically active. These tissues include the heart, liver, kidneys as well as muscle.
As we age, our metabolic rate slows down because we start to lose muscle and our physical activity levels often decrease – two things that can largely impact the amount of energy you use on a day-to-day basis. Thus, if trying to lose weight, you’ll need to account for a decrease in your metabolic rate by reducing the amount of food (energy) you are taking in. Otherwise, any energy coming from food that is not used will be stored and can eventually lead to weight gain.
- *Energy that is not immediately used is stored as glycogen (in the muscle or liver) or as fat. The liver and muscle can store small amounts of energy whereas fat has an unlimited storage capacity.
How to Achieve Your Weight Loss Goals
Now that you know why you might be struggling to lose weight, whether it be as a result of one or a combination of the factors discussed above, the question becomes how do you fix those problems?
For the low protein intake and the slowed metabolism, the solutions are little more obvious: for example, adding a protein source to every meal, being active on a regular basis and adding weight training to your exercise regimen. But despite the solution being fairly obvious, it’s the implementation piece that trips most of us up.
We all know that we should go to the gym most days of the week, but actually making that happen is another story. And the digestive piece, well that’s not so straightforward (although most of us know that a healthy diet can support digestive health). How else then can you ensure that you are getting enough protein as well as supporting your metabolism and digestive health?
The answer – by utilizing LifeVantage’s new product line PhysIQ.
The PhysIQ System is a combination of 4 products that work to boost your body’s internal weight management system.
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Here is a summary of how each product works…
Your digestive system is exposed to a number of toxins each day, coming from both your diet and the environment. There are systems in place to take care of these toxins but if exposed to excessive amounts, the toxins can linger in your gut and potentially get in the way of healthy digestion. This means you might have problems digesting and absorbing essential nutrients from your foods. Even worse, the increased toxins can disrupt your gut bacteria.
PhysIQ Cleanse is a safe and gentle way to cleanse your digestive system. It contains a blend of ingredients that stimulate healthy digestion and wake up your body’s innate cleansing power. Ingredients work to –
- encourage regular bowel movements,
- promote healthy gall bladder function,
- stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria, and
- support the digestion of nutrients.
A healthy digestive system requires a flourishing environment of bacteria. Things like an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise and poor sleep can disturb your gut bacteria resulting in what’s called dysbiosis – an imbalance of microorganisms in the gut. When harmful bacteria take over, problems arise and can lead to issues within the communication system between the gut and brain. This often causes a disruption to the signal that indicates you are full (and should stop eating) after a meal and consequently, increases the likelihood of overeating.
PhysIQ Probio can be used to support and maintain a healthy ecosystem of bacteria in the gut. Probiotics help to restore balance of good and bad bacteria and thus, support long-term gut health. And because most probiotics have a hard time getting through the acidic environment of the stomach, PhysIQ Probio uses a unique controlled-release technology to deliver live probiotics into your small and large intestine.
This product also includes Wellmune, a clinically proven ingredient that strengthens your immune system.
PhysIQ FAT BURN
As metabolism slows with age, it is necessary that we change our eating habits and exercise regimen to ensure that our calories in match our calories out. In other words, we need to burn the same amount of energy as we are consuming through foods otherwise the energy balance scale is tipped and we start to gain weight.
The problem – the difference between what we need to do and what we actually do. Thus, having a tool like PhysIQ Fat Burn is beneficial because it can assist in your efforts to get rid of unwanted fat that has accumulated over the years. It works by stimulating lipolysis, the natural breakdown of fat.
For best results, PhysIQ Fat Burn should be combined with exercise and a healthy diet as this product alone does not provide the many other benefits you get from regular activity and a wholesome diet.
PhysIQ PROTEIN SHAKE
Protein is an essential component of a healthy diet as it helps to regulate appetite and provides the building blocks for our muscles. Unfortunately, many of us do not get enough protein throughout the day. This is where PhysIQ Protein Shake comes into play. It provides you with an alternative protein option. This delicious shake contains a healthy dose of key proteins that can be used to build and maintain lean body mass as well as help to keep your appetite in check.
Combined with a balanced diet and exercise program, the PhysIQ System is the smart way to meet your weight management goals.
But wait… there is MORE!
LifeVantage also has “The 30 Day Smart Restart”, a total lifestyle platform providing all the programs, products and support for your weight-loss and fitness goals. You’ll have a blast following this affordable yet effective path to a healthier you.
Whatever your goal, from losing a few inches to a complete body transformation, this program has what you need to be successful.