Did you know that there are 5 things you can do, starting today, that will help flip these fat-producing “switches” inside your body to the OFF position—AND that doing this will enable your body, no matter how long you’ve struggled with issues of weight gain, to more easily and quickly restore itself to your ideal body weight?
If this is all news to you, don’t feel alone. This is cutting-edge research that’s too new to be found in most books, and unless you have dedicated your life to reading boring clinical studies on weight loss, and the psychology of women, there’s no way you could have known about this until today.
My name is Andréa Albright, and for the past 11 years of my life, I’ve done just that. In fact, I’ve dedicated my time and my career to discovering the hidden, often mysterious reasons why women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and even 70s, start gaining weight…and why we struggle to LOSE weight, even when dieting and exercising.
Ladies, the good news is that, while achieving your ideal body is your right and your responsibility, the REASONS for your weight gain, even things like, "I eat too much," or, "I don’t have the willpower to exercise," is NOT your fault.
Below, you’ll find these 3 triggers, and you’ll also discover the first steps you need to take to flip the fat-storing switches off, and at the same time, empower your body to naturally begin burning more fat…
Many women I work with don’t even know how dangerously high their chronic stress really is. That’s because, like you, they’re strong-willed. They can mentally handle so much, but unknown to them, their adrenal glands simply cannot. The Mayo Clinic published a study in 2012 that do ented stress as one of the number one causes of hidden weight gain, and adrenal fatigue was the primary reason.
Your adrenal glands rest atop your kidneys. When any stress in your life occurs, they release critical "fight or flight" hormones. These hormones are crucial in real emergencies, but your body doesn’t know the difference between the intense daily stress you are under (work, family, emotional hurt, etc.) and being chased by a tiger!
That may sound silly, but not too long ago in human history, being chased by a tiger was a real possibility. So our bodies adapted this "fight/flight" adrenal response. The problem is simple: these hormones include high levels of cortisol, the primary fat-storing hormone, and at the same time drains your adrenal function. Why? Because unlike tiger-chasing, your chronic, often hidden stress is ongoing.
Your glands were never designed to handle this level of emotional and physical stress, so guess what happens? This stress triggers your hunger response! You turn to food because your blood sugar crashes after these hormones are released. That means you crave sugar and other fattening foods. Yet as you can see, this isn’t because you lack “willpower”—it’s because your body thinks it NEEDS it.
Stress must be handled, and the topic is too broad to cover in one article. However, to reduce your stress and cortisol output, look into eating foods with more L-Theanine in them. L-Theanine is an amino acid that’s often depleted in stressed-out women, and it helps reduce cortisol.
Supplementation is faster, of course, and more effective, but foods high in L-Theanine include spinach, brown rice, green tea…
Now, don’t worry—of course, I encourage joy. You just need to be aware of a few of those “switches” that a state of misplaced joy can flip on—switches that say, "Let’s store some FAT!"
The women who struggle with fat gain and the emotion of joy are often raised in families that ociated food with feelings of accomplishment, pleasure, and excitement. For example, think back to the time when you were a little girl. Maybe you played sports, or you knew friends that did. When you or they won the ‘big game’, did you celebrate by eating pizza or ice cream?
There’s nothing wrong with that…unless you’re a child whose brain is forming connections between an emotion and a response.
As you became a young , every time you experienced the emotion of joy—through a victory, a good grade, a great date, you name it—your brain was triggered by what’s known as an anchor. You form mental anchors all the time by accident.
Think about your favorite song in high school. Now, if you heard that song today, wouldn’t you immediately think about high school? Of course—it’s an anchor!