27 Mar Why am I struggling to lose fat? Part 2: Digestive System
Now, we may all think that our journey to lose fat is all about what we can see on the outside. A reduction in measurements, better fitting clothes, progress pictures….YES, they are a huge part of your fat loss journey, of course! What is just as important (if not slightly more) is what is going on inside the body also.
In part one I covered what is going on deep in our minds but today let’s looking at what is happening in our digestive system. If your digestive system isn’t working efficiently, you will find fat loss very difficult to achieve, but this can be fixed. But first, here are a few ways in which digestive health can be compromised!
Poor digestion can be a result of low hydrochloric acid levels in the stomach. This acid plays a crucial role in breaking down your food properly in the stomach, so low levels can mean that you are unable to absorb quality nutrients from your foods. (Protein, fats, carbohydrates)
Inflammation of the gut can be caused by food sensitivities, and an inflamed gut then produces a stress response which in turn will elevate cortisol production in the body. If you have read part one of this blog, you will be clearer on the effects cortisol plays in your fat loss process.
What I would suggest to my clients, is to keep a food diary and include any instances of digestive discomfort (whether that’s cramping or toilet troubles). If there seems to be particular foodstuff that aggravates your stomach, you may choose to remove it from your diet to save any further reactions. For confirmation of any dietary issues and any additional treatment or advice, speak to your GP.
Also, there is a supplement that can be used called Hydrochloric Acid (HCL) this will support your current low levels and improve digestion and absorption. Again, usually with my clients, I would look at keeping a food diary and tracking reactions and feelings.
There are more expensive ways of being tested such as lab tests, but we must be realistic to which is more affordable and easier.
I hope you have enjoyed part two. Look out for part three which will be on Health Issues.
~ Craig – Tailored Physique Fitness