Have you ever wondered why people respond differently to diets?
In the last fifty years what has changed in our society? We have the same predisposition genetics as our grandparents. We are unique and come in all different shapes and sizes.
We can’t blame is all on genetics being unhealthy solely on the DNA that was passed down to us. Everyone’s genetic makeup is different. It’s like your fingerprints.
I was always the tall, skinny, flat chested , flat butt girl in school. I remember being plagued at school for being too skinny. Having no shape. While other school mates were well endowed with large boobs, hippy hips and a nice rounder booty. Our metabolisms certainly dictate how we use energy and our genetics can dictate how we are shaped but what has started to interests me more-so lately is why we store fat on certain areas of our bodies when others don’t.
These questions have confused and frustrated people and health care practitioners for decades. But why is it so confusing? One thing we have learned is each of us are unique and have our very own biochemistry that sets us apart from everyone else. Although we might share the same common traits and perhaps the same overlapping metabolic tendencies. We can’t continue to say that one-size-fits-all when it comes to our very own unique body chemistry. There are over 7 billion people on this planet and we come in all different shapes, colors and sizes. With this being said wouldn’t you think the one-size-fits-all- approach to losing weight wouldn’t work since we are we are all unique.
Why is it that one person can eat all they want and never gain an inch, while someone else gains weight just looking at food? The fact is some people are wired to simply burn fat better than others. There are sneaky little things in your body that can halt your weight loss success.
Where you store your body fat isn’t a topic most of us women like to discuss but I feel it is one that will enlighten you and help you more on your journey to a better healthier you.
Every cell in our body responds to the foods we eat, the products we put on our bodies and the household chemicals that we come in contact with every day. Although some of us were born with the predisposition genetics as our parents that gives us our hair color, eye color, height and if we are pear shaped, apple shaped, straight or hourglass this doesn’t mean we can’t win the battle when it comes to our hormones. Our hormones have a direct impact on every major system in our body. Remember our bodies love balance. Everything has a domino affect so we have to try to figure-out that balance in what our individual body needs are. Whether it be the more fiber , fixing our gut, helping our skin get more moisture, speeding up our metabolism so we can get out of that fat storage mode and into the fat burning mode.
After researching many hours on this topic, I’ve found that where your body stores fat is hint to what is going on with you internally with your hormones. As our hormone levels change with age, pregnancy, exercise, eating habits, or other life events, fat adjusts itself to our every changing hormonal events and places itself in different area’s in our body. Our hormones have a direct impact on how much body fat we store and where it is stored on our bodies. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know what approach to take to fix those thunder thighs or that muffin top? Now even with this information its just a stepping stone of knowledge to better equip you a healthier you. So what exactly does it mean to have fat stored in certain area’s of your body and not others?
Love handles/belly: Love handles often means that you are way to stressed out and when your stressed out it raises your cortisol levels. it could also be a indicator that you might have adrenal fatigue. Cortisol adds fat around my mid-section. You are eating to much sugar where you become insulin resistant. If your body is in constant elevated levels of insulin (a hormone that regulates the metabolism of carbohydrates in the bloodstream) it will accumulate around your mid section. A lack of sleep also may lead to metabolic issues and help encourage those love handles. It also could mean you have elevated estrogen levels and more insulin production. So what do you need to do? Stop eating crap, those processed carbs and avoid sugar, even the fake sugars which are even more horrible for you. You should also go easy on the exercise, sometimes if you exercise more it adds more cortisol to your body so you are fighting a losing battle, try yoga, more sleep, meditation, Pilates , planks, lifting weights and walking are good ways to start. Don’t forget fat gained around the waist is dangerous in terms of it increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases. My book Reset your Thyroid . This is a 21-day Meal plan to reset your thyroid and jump start your weight loss journey. It is filled with 21 breakfast recipes, 21 lunch recipes and 21 dinner recipes. They are packed full of nutrients, healthy fats and proteins. All are easy to make and I’ve done all the thinking for you!
Thighs: Sometimes its our genetic bone structure that was passed down from our parents that gives us more hips or fatter thighs than the next person and other times it can mean that we have elevated estrogen levels. This is the female sex hormone. Thigh fat is a little harder to burn off than belly fat. You can also have fluid retention in your thighs. So many think that fluid retention only takes place only in the abdomen but that isn’t true It actually occurs all over your body. So what do you need to do? Start drinking your daily needed allowance of water. Your body weight and divide it by two. that’s the least amount of water to drink per day and please don’t drink it all in one sitting. there is a think called water toxicity and it will kill you. Space out your water consumption. Choose better skin care products in my blog 21 Successful Tips on Clean Beauty Swaps. I share with your what skin care products are healthier. You want to avoid chemicals such as BPA ( that can be found in plastic containers, water bottles and pretty much anything plastic unless it states BPA FREE) , parabens or phthalates. Your food should be 100% organic and you most defiantly should be avoiding all soy products like the black plague. let’s not forget that getting in a good nights sleep will also help to improve your estrogen levels. In my book , A Survivor’s Cookbook Guide to Kicking Hypothyroidism’s Booty, I’ve included clean food recipes, recipes for your home and body that are super easy to make, who doesn’t want a healthier home?
Back of Arms: This could mean that you have lower testosterone levels as well as an excess insulin.Women do have a small amount of testosterone in our adrenal glands and ovaries although this is thought as a male hormone. Start eating more avocados, as in healthy fats and fatty fish such as salmon can help improve this area. Try to avoid all red meat and all dairy products. Start trying to lift some weights. Building muscle through weight lifting can and may also increase testosterone levels.
Upper Back: This could mean you have lower levels of Thyroxine and higher levels of insulin. Thyroxine is a thyroid hormone that plays a role with your metabolism and calorie burning rate and this hormone is secreted into our bloodstream. You can help boost your thyroxine naturally by eating foods such as shellfish, seafood and cruciferous vegetables, avoiding gluten and soy, and increasing healthy fat intake.
Our metabolism does not decide to burn or store body fat based on calories. It makes these decisions based on the hormones those calories trigger. That is why the quality of calories matters so much….higher-quality calories trigger body-fat-burning hormones while low-quality calories trigger body-fat-storing hormones.
As the conclusion, Body fat is important necessity for life. It is our source of energy and it stores some much needed nutrients, a major ingredient in brain tissue. Moreover, it provides a padding to protect internal organs and insulates the body against the cold. But yet, getting too fat (more than 30 percent body fat in females and 25 percent in males) can be dangerous and is associated with increased risk of disease and premature death, regardless of where the fat is stored in the body. As a American society, we are tipping the scales to the point that obesity is now a national health epidemic.
Think about this each time you eat, hormones are released into your body and the type of calories consumed (i.e. fat, carbohydrates or protein) determines which hormones are released and where it is placed throughout your body. The only way to achieve your goal is to start eating to cater to your bodies needs. Along with proper exercise. I’ve given you all solutions to fight that fat storage on those certain areas of your body part. I suggest eating a particular way to combat the hormone imbalances and I know for a fact that if you put forth the effort it will be easily attainable.
There are no shortcuts, stop eating so much sugar, fake foods, exercise more and eat more leafy green vegetables!
Audrey Childers is a published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website Thehypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. She is the published author of : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, The Ultimate guide to healing hypothyroidism, A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way. and Secrets to my Hypothyroidism Success:: A Personal Guide to Hypothyroidism Freedom.
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WebMD. Body fat measurement: Percentage vs. body mass. 2017. http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/body-fat-measurement#1