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I’m sure we all know someone super skinny who can wolf down a whole pizza, a footlong sub, and more everyday and not gain an ounce.

And many of us have also probably met someone, perhaps even our self who consumes barely 500 calories a day, exercises, and still gains weight.  Perhaps then to add another 500-1000 calories per day and find the weight comes off much easier.

Clearly this is faulty logic: Calories In > Out = Weight Gain, while Calories In < Out = Weight Loss.

So what gives?

A number of things come into play here, including digestion, set point, ‘starvation’ mode–as in the example above, sleep quantity and quality, type of fitness, stress, and the three biggies:

  • hormones,
  • toxins, and
  • carbohydrates.


The thyroid plays a huge role in metabolic rate, oftentimes dictating whether someone is overweight or underweight. The thyroid is controlled by hormones secreted by the pituitary-hypothalamus connection.

Too much estrogen can also lead to weight gain and a body composition overly skewed toward fat. This is true in men and women.  Men tend to shift muscle to fat with too much estrogen, while women just pack on the fat.

So get your hormones in line first, if you want to lose weight.


The body protects the vital organs by surrounding toxins with fat cells.  It creates an insular cushion, packing on the fat as toxins accumulate.  Its a protection or self-preservation method.  And it works well, to a point.  Then the fat becomes as harmful or more so than the toxins (think heart disease).

If you’re pouring in or rubbing on your skin a lot of toxic products, the body tries to process them out through the liver, but even the liver gets overwhelmed and can’t keep up. And the fat piles on along with the toxins.  So detoxify!

As you lose weight, your body sheds the fat releasing the toxins freely into your body, so you better plan to have a damn good detoxification program to go with your weight loss plan. <–Check out “Clean”


Too many carbs, particularly the ‘wrong’ carbs–those that are high on the Glycemic Index but low on nutrient density–are going to spike blood sugar.  When blood sugar is spiked, insulin spikes, glycogen stores get full, and the body doesn’t know what to do with all this extra glucose (sugar in the blood) so it converts it to F-A-T.

Likewise, it works in reverse too: eat a carb-restricted diet, don’t spike blood sugar, begin to deplete stored glycogen, your body will turn fat–ie its stored fuel–and convert fat into energy via a process known as ketosis. This is why the Atkins and Dukan diets have been so popular and effective.

Recent double-blind placebo-controlled studies have indicated green coffee extract slows the rise of blood sugar, slows the release of insulin, and encourages the fat stored in the liver to be burned as fuel. (For green coffee extract, click the link, then look at “Burn.”)


And there ya have it, folks.  Three key issues to remember and examine when you’re trying to lose weight.  For more on the sticking points of weight loss, check out my previous post: 10 Reasons You Can’t Lose Weight.


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