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3 reasons you’re at a weight loss plateau

In any fitness and fat loss journey, there are both joys and growing pains along the way. None, however, are more frustrating than following a plan and not seeing results. When there’s a mismatch between the level of effort put in and the lack of desired outcome - whether that be a change in pant size, an improved lift or run time, or a pesky symptom that won’t shake - it can make anyone wonder: Is it worth it?

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One Hormone Everyone Should be Tracking for Optimal Fat Loss 

When we say we feel “hormonal,” we’re usually referring to feeling upset, stressed, or tense. It’s less common to consider our hormonal make-up when we’re frustrated about a weight-loss or fitness plateau. 

When we hit these plateaus, it’s common to fall into the trap of randomly trying a new diet, exercise or supplement, to get the scale moving in our favor. 

Fact: Hormones do impact fat loss, as well as how you feel and function every day. 

If you’re struggling to lose fat or build muscle, you might be fighting an uphill battle with your own physiology.

That’s why you’ll hear top fitness professionals recommend lab assessments and testing. Until your internal fitness is set to achieve optimal external results — all the diets, exercises and supplements in the world may not be as effective.

While we could put together an entire series on hormones alone — if you want to look and feel your best —there are a few heavy hitters to keep a pulse on. One of the consistent top contenders for most influential spot surprisingly applies to both men and women: Testosterone. Often thought of as a male hormone (because men have a higher quantity than women), this mighty compound can influence weight and vitality for both genders. Let’s dig in to learn more. 

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Top 10 Reasons You’re at a Fat Loss Plateau

 When embarking on a mission to get healthy and lose body fat, there are challenges you’re bound to encounter: happy hour temptations, arriving at the club to realize that your workout shoes are still at home, and the increase in dishwashing duties when switching to healthier, home-cooked meals. But none of these compare to the frustration of the dreaded fat-loss plateau. Here’s how it usually goes: you’re trucking along, feeling good about losing weight and gaining muscle. Then out of nowhere, no scale movement or even (gasp!) weight gain. What in the world is going on?


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7 Laws of Fat Loss

What does it take to succeed at fat loss?

So often, people begin a weight loss journey on a whim, simply grativating to the activities and choices that worked for them years ago or that others seem to be using. 

In healthy transformation, however, our objective is to shift our body composition toward lean mass. This requires much more than trying the latest fad, taking a heavily marketed pill, or even eating less and exercising more. We do well in this case to actually understand the principles of fat loss physiology.

Read on to learn the essential laws that govern your body's ability to shed fat.

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6 Reasons to Detox

Whether you want to jump-start your fat loss or detoxify from an indulgent holiday season, there are many reasons to seek out a safe and effective detoxification program.

Each day we’re exposed to a variety of toxins through the food we eat, the beverages we drink, the air we breathe and the products we use on our skin. How well we fare depends on how well our bodies can keep up with removing these substances.

By supporting our body's own natural processes with a well-balanced detoxification system, we improve our ability to function at our best and to maintain optimal health. Detox benefits are varied and significant. Let's look at the top six advantages detoxification can offer. 


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Body Fat Primer: Everything You Wanted to Know – But Were Afraid to Ask

The human body has an amazing capacity to store energy. Throughout childhood and adolescence, we accumulate a certain number of fat cells (adipose tissue) that will remain relatively constant for the rest of our lives.

How many of these cells, you ask? Estimates are anywhere from 20 to 400 BILLION! The size of the fat cells and energy content housed within them can be manipulated, but the number is somewhat set unfortunately.

Although we often use “weight loss” and “fat loss” interchangeably when we talk about body transformation goals, the actual processes end up looking quite different in execution—and outcome.

Just what is the physiological story of fat, and what should it mean for our transformation journeys? Read on for a full body fat primer with everything you need to know for your fat loss goals.


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6 Barriers to Body Fat Loss

There's no denying it. A weight loss journey can feel like a formidable undertaking.

It shuttles us through an often surprising process of emotional, behavioral and physical change.

We take on the tasks of learning more about our bodies' needs for optimal health, of implementing new habits that support our metabolic functioning, of exploring what influences (or even people!) both help and hinder our goals.

As complex as the physical picture of fat loss can be, however, the fulcrum of our success is oftentimes our psychological experience.

Understanding our personal challenges means identifying what trips us up and applying the best strategies to address each concern. Below are 6 of the most common "behavioral" barriers that hamper body fat loss.


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