Weight loss is something which millions are aiming at. But sadly, only a few successfully achieve their goals. In some cases, there is a loophole in your dietary efforts or in your fitness regime. But in some cases, it is neither and yet a person’s weight loss efforts go futile. If you have been spending months trying to lose weight and are continuously failing to do so, it is time to get you checked. Sometimes, an underlying health condition could hold you back from losing weight. Several diseases either induce weight gain or prevent you from losing weight despite your efforts. These conditions, no matter how much you diet or sweat in the gym, are likely to prevent you from shedding those extra pounds.
Here’s a list of the diseases which prevent you from losing weight despite dieting and working out:
An underactive thyroid gland or hypothyroidism actively contributes to weight gain. This is because of lack of thyroid hormone in the body. This hormone is linked to the basic metabolic activity of the body. When the hormone is produced in a ratio which is required by the body, you burn calories more quickly and easily. But when your body falls short of this hormone, your metabolism slows down and results in weight gain. Therefore, no matter how much you try, weight loss continues to be a slow process or an ineffective one.
2. Cushing’s syndrome
Cortisol is an important hormone produced by your body’s adrenal glands. This hormone is responsible for metabolizing carbs, sugar, fats and proteins into energy for your body. The Cushing’s syndrome is a metabolic disorder characterized by the overproduction of cortisol in the body. Excessive cortisol in your body can give you excessive weight on the face, neck, back and between the shoulders. This could hold you back from losing weight despite all your efforts.
3. Polycystic ovary disease (PCOD)
PCOD is one of the most common hormonal disorders affecting women’s fertility. The symptoms of this condition include irregular periods, overgrowth of hair, obesity and acne outbreak. This condition is characterized with the development of a cyst on the ovaries. It affects blood sugar and testosterone levels in a woman’s body. It also affects the efficiency of the thyroid gland. Therefore, PCOD, in many ways stops you from losing weight effectively.
4. Chronic stress
You may think that stress does not affect your weight loss goals, but it does and it strongly does. Stress increases the cortisol levels in your body. This makes your body more likely to store fat, primarily around the waist and thighs. This form of weight gain further contributes to other health problems. So no matter how much you diet or run on the treadmill, anxiety and stress will hold you back from achieving your weight loss goals. Over time, chronic stress may develop into depression, which further makes it harder for you to shed those extra pounds. Some people end up gaining weight when in depression. These people have the tendency to overeat unhealthy food which further contributes to weight gain.
5. Insulin resistance
Insulin resistance goes hand-in-hand with weight gain. When you eat carbs, your body breaks it down to form glucose. This enters your blood stream and increases your blood sugar levels. The pancreas is them stimulated to produce insulin, the glucose-binding hormone. This then allows your body to use it for energy. When your body becomes resistant to insulin, your blood sugar levels remain high. The pancreas produces more insulin to combat blood sugar but as a result of the resistance, the insulin does not get used up. Both these factors contribute to increase hunger. As a result, you end up eating way too much and these results in weight gain. So even if you are spending hours in the gym trying to shed those additional pounds, your efforts would be futile because of the unhealthy binge-eating habit.
5 Foods That Will Detoxify Your Lungs And Heal Them Naturally
Are you a chain smoker? Do you live in a polluted area? Our lungs are a vital organ and the most ignored organ of our body. It is through them that we breathe.
Consequently our lungs are also sucking in harmful elements from the air around us. They are exposed to harmful pollutants and microbes that get deposited from the air we inhale. For people who smoke, their healthy lungs turn black with the deposition of tar in their lungs. Regular detoxification of lungs will help in smooth functioning and help in expulsion of toxins. Thus it is important that we choose healthy foods to cleanse our lungs, so as to reduce common lung diseases and respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and cystic fibrosis.
Some foods which are great for good lung health are listed below:
1. Garlic: The anti-inflammatory properties along with a high level of allicin helps to fight infections and reduces inflammation. Garlic has also been considered by many as being an effective remedy in improving asthma and can help to reduce the risk of lung cancer.
2. Apples: An apple is healthy, loaded with nutrients, high energy, high fiber, low calorie food. Its flavonoids and the wide variety of vitamins, and antioxidants, particularly vitamin C, helps us to maintain a strong immune system and a healthy respiratory system. When we have healthy respiratory functions, we can fight off lung diseases and prevent them naturally.
3. Ginger: Due to its anti-inflammatory properties ginger will help to clear your lungs naturally. You can add ginger to various dishes as it is a widely used herb. Also you can add it in your morning tea.You can also use it to prepare ginger tea blended with some lemon in it. This is beneficial to remove toxins from the respiratory tract.
4. Green tea: Drink a cup of your favourite herbal green tea before going to bed to release toxins in the intestine that can lead to constipation or other stomach ailments. You should refrain from overloading your lungs with tedious work during this purification process.
5. Lentils: In order to optimize the oxygen transportation faculties of the lungs, healthy hemoglobin levels are absolutely critical. Hemoglobin is a protein molecule that is found in red blood cells and aids in transporting oxygen from the lungs to body tissue. As an added benefit, hemoglobin stimulates the internal processes that returns carbon dioxide back to the lungs to be expelled from the body. Black beans, cow peas, dried peas, lentils, red kidney beans, garbanzo beans, and soybeans are some foods containing properties that raise hemoglobin levels. Additionally, supplement beans and lentils with vitamin-C rich foods to maximize iron absorption.
Fasting may help keep age-related diseases at bay: Study
Fasting can boost the body’s metabolism and help protect against age-related diseases, a study has found. The circadian clock operates within the body and its organs as intrinsic time-keeping machinery to preserve homeostasis in response to the changing environment. While food is known to influence clocks in peripheral tissues, it was unclear, until now, how the lack of food influences clock function and ultimately affects the body.
“We discovered fasting influences the circadian clock and fasting-driven cellular responses, which together work to achieve fasting-specific temporal gene regulation,” said Paolo Sassone-Corsi, a professor at the University of California, Irvine in the US. “Skeletal muscle, for example, appears to be twice as responsive to fasting as the liver,” said Sassone-Corsi.
The research, published in the journal Cell Reports, was conducted using mice, which were subjected to 24-hour periods of fasting. While fasting, researchers noted the mice exhibited a reduction in oxygen consumption (VO2), respiratory exchange ratio (RER), and energy expenditure, all of which were completely abolished by refeeding, which parallels results observed in humans.
“The reorganisation of gene regulation by fasting could prime the genome to a more permissive state to anticipate upcoming food intake and thereby drive a new rhythmic cycle of gene expression,” he said. “In other words, fasting is able to essentially reprogram a variety of cellular responses. Therefore, optimal fasting in a timed manner would be strategic to positively affect cellular functions and ultimately benefiting health and protecting against ageing-associated diseases,” said Sassone-Corsi.
The study opens new avenues of investigation that could ultimately lead to the development of nutritional strategies to improve health in humans.
High-fibre diet lowers risk of death, non-communicable diseases: Lancet
Eating up to 30 grams of naturally-occurring dietary fibre — such as whole grains, pulses, vegetables and fruits — daily may prevent the risks of developing non-communicable diseases, finds a review of studies published in the journal The Lancet.
The results suggest a 15-30 per cent decrease in all-cause and cardiovascular related mortality; and reduced incidence of coronary heart disease, stroke, Type-2 diabetes and colorectal cancer by 16-24 per cent.
Increasing fibre intake is associated with lower bodyweight and cholesterol, compared with lower intake or synthetic and extracted fibre.
“Our findings provide convincing evidence for nutrition guidelines to focus on increasing dietary fibre and on replacing refined grains with whole grains. This reduces incidence risk and mortality from a broad range of important diseases,” said Professor Jim Mann, from the University of Otago, New Zealand.
“Fibre-rich whole foods that require chewing and retain much of their structure in the gut increase satiety and help weight control and can favourably influence lipid and glucose levels.
“The breakdown of fibre in the large bowel by the resident bacteria has additional wide-ranging effects including protection from colorectal cancer,” Mann said.
Protection against stroke, and breast cancer also increased. Consuming 25-29 grams each day was adequate but the data suggest that higher intakes of dietary fibre could provide even greater protection.
The researchers included 185 observational studies and 58 clinical trials involving 4,635 adult participants.
The study also found that diets with a low glycaemic index and low glycaemic load provided limited support for protection against Type 2 diabetes and stroke only.
Foods with a low glycaemic index or low glycaemic load may also contain added sugars, saturated fats, and sodium.
However, high intakes might have ill-effects for people with low iron or mineral levels for whom high levels of whole grains can further reduce iron levels, the researchers noted.