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5 Reasons Why You Aren’t Losing Weight

5 Reasons Why You Aren’t Losing Weight

 

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Have you ever asked yourself “Why am I not losing more weight?” I have, and many of my clients come to me with this very question. Here are 5 things that are stopping your weight loss.

  1.  Vitamin Deficiencies
  2.  Mineral Deficiencies
  3.  Digestion Issues
  4.  Water Deficiency
  5.  Lack of Sleep/Cortisol

 

Vitamin Deficiencies

  • 95% of Adult Americans are not getting enough Vitamin D
    • Correlations between Vitamin D Deficiency and Obesity exist
    • Vitamin D deficiency also has effects on bone strength, heart disease, and more.
  • 94% of Adult Americans are not getting enough Vitamin E
    • Lack of Vitamin E may not make you gain weight, but will make you have weakness and other issues.
  • 39% of women are low on Vitamin B12
    • Weakness, Anemia, and other issues reported
  • 51% of Adult Americans are not getting enough Vitamin A
    • Vitamin A helps with vision, reproduction, and keeping organs working right

Vitamin deficiencies will make you not perform at your best, which will impact your weight loss.

 

Mineral Deficiencies

  • 61% of Adult Americans are not getting enough Magnesium
    • Magnesium is critical for weight loss because it helps regulate insulin levels inside the body. It also aids in muscle and nerve function, along with blood pressure.
  • 49% of Adult Americans are not getting enough Calcium
    • Calcium is in our bones and teeth, helps muscles contract, and studies show that diets rich in calcium help people lose weight
  • Iodine Deficiency in America
    • There were conflicting rates, however Iodine consumption has lowered drastically over the last 30 years.
    • Iodine deficiency is a leading cause of thyroid related issues and making weight loss extremely difficult.

Mineral deficiencies are causing numerous health related diseases and effect weight loss.

Digestion issues

  • American Nutrition Association says that 70,000,000 Americans (1/5) have digestion related issues
    • 12% of Adults eat enough Fruit
    • Less than 10% of Adults eat enough Vegetables
    • Most Adults are not eating enough Fiber
    • Not enough healthy gut bacteria
    • Constipation and other issues contribute to weight gain

Digestion issues have a drastic effect on your weight loss potential. Making sure you eat enough fruits and veggies and enough fiber will go along ways.

Water Deficiency

  • CDC states that most Americans are not drinking enough water
    • Studies show that water increases metabolism, keeps you fuller, helps with digestion, helps hydrates the muscles, and helps you be more alert.

Not drinking enough water will cause a great impact on your weight loss. I tell clients to shoot for 100 ounces a day.

Lack of Sleep/Cortisol

  • More than 1/3 of Americans are not getting enough sleep according to CDC
  • Cortisol, the stress hormone rises with lack of sleep and contribute to weight gain
    • Leptin is a hormone that regulates hunger, and is decreased with lack of sleep.
    • This causes your body to want to eat more

Sleep deprivation and added stress causes you to have issues controlling weight loss.

 

Dustin’s Solution

These 5 items are easy fixes in most cases. Here are some suggestions (I am not a doctor*). Free Shipping Links through 1st Phorm Links!

Micro Factor from 1st Phorm: Micro Factor is an all in one pack of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, probiotics, COQ10, Essential Fatty Acids, and veggies/super foods that you take once a day.

The ingredients will help keep inflammation down, regulate blood sugar, and help hit the vitamins and minerals levels that you need.

Opti-Greens 50: Opti-Greens 50 is a super food and vegetable powder you drink once a day that includes 11 servings of vegetables, fruit, probiotics, digestive enzymes, and other great products.

Drink 100 Ounces of Water a day. Drinking a glass of water 30 minutes prior to a meal will help increase metabolism and decrease hunger. Water also helps flush away fat metabolites and toxins.

Stop caffeine 6 hours before sleep and workout in the evenings. This will help you be better ready for sleep.

Ensure you are eating enough fiber.

 

Questions or Comments?

 

Let me know!

 

Dustin Holston

Personal Trainer

 

*I am not a doctor, this is general information that I have found through research. Talk to your doctor before starting any diet, workout, or other health program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Diet- A Comprehensive Guide

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How to Diet- A Comprehensive Guide

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Dieting isn’t as hard, or as expensive as people make it out to be.

The Weight Loss Formula

As mentioned in the linked article the weight loss formula is simple.

(BMR) > (Calories Consumed)-(Calories Burned)

Or quite simply: Eat less calories than  your body needs. 

Step #1. Figure out how many calories your body needs to maintain current weight (BMR).

Before you can start dieting, you really should figure out how many calories your body needs to maintain your current weight . I like to use this calculator to calculate my BMR. Currently my BMR is approximately 1900 calories (I’m 5’8, 192, 32 years old). BMR is the calculation of how many calories your body needs to maintain current weight if you were just sitting and breathing all day. This doesn’t include what your body needs if you workout, work, etc.

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Step #2. How many pounds of fat do I want to burn each week?

Of the thousands of people who will read this article, I’m sure 95% of you will say “as much as possible”. Although this sounds like a good idea, it is not. Losing weight too fast can be detrimental to your health. You should want to lose weight safely and effectively while leaving as much muscle as possible.  The old adage is that cutting calories by 500 a day will help you burn 1 pound of fat a week. Although there are multiple studies confirming and denying the 500 calorie figure, I like to use it in my cheat sheet.

There are three ways to “cut calories”. The first way is to eat fewer calories. The second way is to burn those calories. The most effective way to diet is to do both. Burning calories through weight training and cardio will help you grow muscle and burn fat. Changing your diet will further help your weight loss journey. The third way to burn calories is through supplements such as The Bliss Go Pack or Commander Go Pack from 1st Phorm. These help speed up your metabolism to help you shred fat faster.

How many pounds should I shoot for losing each week? In most cases I don’t suggest trying to lose more than 1-3 pounds per week. This is equates to 4-12 pounds per month. Keep in mind that we are talking about “Fat” and not clearly just pounds. If you were normally eating a high sodium diet, you will lose a ton of water weight the first few weeks on top of the fat.

Equation:

To Lose 1 pound per week- Cut/burn 500 additional calories than your body needs each day.

To Lose 2 pounds per week- Cut/burn 1000 additional calories than your body needs each day.

To lose 3 pounds per week- Cut/burn 1500 additional calories than your body needs each day.

Step #3. How am I going to burn these calories?

Part A. Plan a Diet

I suggest starting out to try to eat your BMR. The BMR is the amount of calories your body needs at rest to maintain current body weight. Since you will be active and in the gym, your body is going to be burning much more calories than normal, so eating your BMR should be 500-1000 calories less than your body will actually need to maintain current body weight.

This means I need to shoot for around 1900 calories per day.

Sample Meal Plan

Breakfast- Level-1 Shake + Banana= 230 calories

Snack #1- 1 servings of almonds= 160 calories

Lunch- Broccoli and Chicken Breast (6 oz)- 330 calories

Snack #2- 1 servings of almonds- 160 calories

Dinner-2 fillets of Tilapia, 2 servings of brown rice (200 grams), Cauliflower- 500 calories

Post-Workout Snack- 2 servings of Phormula-1 + 1 serving of Ignition= 360 calories

Before Bed Snack- Peanut butter with apples- 200 calories

Total Calories= 1940

Part B. Workout Plan

When I’m cutting, I want to be in the gym at least 5 days a week. I like to hit specific muscle groups on specific days. I will then finish the workout by doing cardio.

Monday- Biceps/Triceps + 20 minutes HIIT

Tuesday- Chest + 20 minutes of HIIT

Wednesday- Legs + 20 minute jog

Thursday- Back + 20 minute jog

Friday- Shoulders + Calves + 20 minute HIIT.

Weekends- I may go for a jog or play basketball. I try to give my muscles the weekend off.

Part C. Supplement Plan

Supplements help supplement your diet and exercise. If you are a gym rat, you will need to supplement your diet more because you lose many vitamins and minerals through sweat. We also miss out on a lot of vitamins and minerals because of our diet. Many American’s don’t eat enough fish.

Here is my supplement plan:

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Commander + Thyro-Drive with Breakfast– Commander is my favorite fat burner on the market. Commander gives me energy, reduces cravings, and burns fat.

Commander  with Lunch– Commander is my favorite fat burner on the market. Commander gives me energy, reduces cravings, and burns fat.

M-Factor Hero before bed– A great multivitamin that isn’t pixie dusted. It works by giving you essential vitamin and minerals your body needs in a capsule, much more proven way to inject vitamins.

Thyro-Drive before bed– Thyro-Drive helps maintain optimal thyroid performance to maxmize weight loss.

Opti-Core before bed– Stress makes you gain weight, lack of sleep helps prevent gains. Opti-Core helps reduce stress and increase sleep.

Full Mega before bed– We don’t eat enough fish. Fish Oil is great for your heart, is an anti-inflammatory, and studies have shown weight loss with fish oil.

Creatine Post Workout-  I mix creatine with Ignition and Phormula-1 Protein post workout to help with muscle growth and recovery.

 

Summary:

Losing weight isn’t difficult, but keep consistent with it can be. Plan everything from your workouts, to your diet, to you supplements to ensure that you maximize the weight loss. After each month I take a look back to see if I achieved the results I wanted. I then make tweaks.

 

If you need further advice on diet, training, or other goals, feel free to email me: nutritionandpersonaltraining@yahoo.com. Also feel free to click on any of the links through the page to receive the lowest price and free shipping on your 1st Phorm orders.

 

Thank you,

 

Dustin Holston

Certified Personal Trainer/Sports Nutritionist

1stphorm.com/nutritiontrain

 

Stress and Cortisol adds fat! OPTI-CORE will fight back and help you sleep!

Ever hear that stress is a bitch? That is because it is true! Stress hurts your sleep, and it equally hurts your body! The body has a hormone called “cortisol”. When stressed, your cortisol levels rise causing anxiety, lethargy, and weight gain! Even people who diet and exercise can have add weight gain from cortisol!

Here is a scientific study on stress-induced cortisol:

Stress-induced cortisol response and fat distribution in women

Recent studies have shown an association between uncontrollable stress and abdominal fat distribution. It has been suggested that changes in cortisol secretion might represent one possible mechanism for this relationship. This study investigated whether body fat distribution, determined by waist-to-hip ratio (WHR), is related to salivary cortisol levels in response to laboratory stressors. Subjects were 41 overweight women with a Low or a High WHR. Multiple measures of cortisol and mood were obtained during a session of stressful tasks (eg., timed arithmetic) and during a time-matched, control rest session. Also, background life stress and psychological trait variables were assessed. Compared to Low WHR subjects, High WHR subjects secreted significantly more cortisol during the stressful session after 60 minutes of stress, and considering the total area under the curve of secretion. This difference was not seen on the rest day. In terms of background and psychological measures, High WHR subjects were characterized by poorer coping skills and differences in mood reactivity. Specifically, although all subjects became more angry in response to the stressful session, High WHR subjects showed smaller increases in anger. This could indicate that they are more likely to evidence a helpless reaction to uncontrollable stress. These findings support the hypothesis that cortisol secretion might represent a mechanism for the observed association between stress and abdominal fat distribution. Furthermore, differences in coping and appraisal may suggest that a particular psychological pattern might influence the reactivity of the adrenal-cortical system to stress, and subsequent fat distribution (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16353426).

So what can we do to prevent cortisol increases? 

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There are several key factors to losing fat and one of the most important, and often ignored is controlling the levels of the harmful stress hormone called cortisol. In today’s society stress is everywhere and whether it’s mental, physical, or emotional it increases your cortisol levels. When your cortisol levels remain elevated it signals your body to hold onto fat in your midsection as well as cause lethargy, anxiety, and a weakened immune system. Opti-Core™ was formulated to reduce your cortisol levels, bringing them back down to a healthy level, in order to promote optimal weight loss results and an overall healthier you. A prominent factor in reducing cortisol and maintaining those healthy levels is deep, restful sleep. The AdrenaCort Recovery™ in Opti-Core helps you unwind, and relax to reduce stress levels. By reducing stress and getting a relaxing night’s sleep, cortisol levels will be dramatically reduced. This optimizes your metabolism and allows your body sufficient time to recover to its full potential. We’ve addressed another key nighttime fat loss problem by adding our Lipozyme Optimizer™ to further enhance recovery. We do this by aiding in digestion and nutrient assimilation while you are asleep. A proper blend of digestive enzymes keeps your body’s metabolism working as efficiently as possible, keeping your metabolism up, even while you sleep. This positive impact on your metabolism not only helps assist with fat-loss while you sleep, but puts you in an optimal fat burning state immediately upon waking.

Ingredient Analysis: 

Vitamins and Minerals:

  • Zinc Chelate: Helps with immune system, cell growth, and control insulin
  • Magnesium Asparate: Great for muscles, nerves, cells, sleep, and hormone functions
  • Vitamin B6: Can decrease chances of psychological illness and increase metabolism

AdrenaCort RecoveryTM

  • GABA: Helps control stress and increases relaxation
  • Valerian Root: Relaxes central nervous system and used as sleep aid
  • Kava Kava: Used to reduce stress and relax
  • 5 HTP: Helps with relaxation and studies show it effective for limiting binge eating
  • Alpha GPC: Supports cognitive function
  • Melatonin: Helps with relaxation and sleep

“AdrenaCort Recovery is a fantastic combination of stress reducing compounds and sleep aids.”

Lipozyme OptimizerTM

  • Alpha and Beta Amylase, Protease, Lipase, Cellulase, and Lactase: Digestive aids that help breakdown food
  • Bromelain: Digestive Aid
  • Black Cherry: Digestive Aid

“Lipozyme Optimizer is a great combination of proven digestive aids to help breakdown food and get them out of your system faster.”

Overall, OPTI-CORE with the combination and diet and exercise should not only help you lose weight faster, but also help you sleep and recover better. OPTI-CORE comes in a great stack with Bliss and Thyro-Drive that will help you lose weight fast 24 hours a day. You save a lot of money by purchasing the stack!

Train hard my friends!

Dustin Holston

1st Phorm

http://www.teamnutritiontrain.com

Serving Size: 3 Capsule
Servings Per Container: 20
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Zinc Chelate 30 mg 200%
Magnesium Aspartate 450 mg 113%
Vitamin B6 10.5 mg 525%
AdrenaCort RecoveryTM: 1500 mg +
[GABA, Valerian Root, Kava Kava, 5 HTP, Alpha GPC, Melatonin]
Lipozyme OptimizerTM: 250 mg +
[Digestive Enzyme complex (Alpha and Beta Amylase, Protease, Lipase, Cellulase, and Lactase), Bromelain, and Black Cherry.]
OTHER INGREDIENTS: Gelatin, silicone dioxide, and magnesium stearate.