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The Calorie Theory
One of the most common and accepted theories regarding weight loss is the calorie theory, in which your weight loss/gain is dependent on calorie intake versus expenditure.
While this theory does make up a large piece of the weight loss pie, I wish it were that simple. The major flaw in this theory is that everyone is different and, therefore, burns calories and loses or gains weight at different metabolic rates.
Note: In my free Weight Balancing eBook, I discuss the gamut of issues that contribute to weight gain, above and beyond calorie theory.
Metabolic rates are primarily determined by thyroid health, which seems to be a persistent and growing problem in America. The American Thyroid Association estimates 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, and up to 60% of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.6
Numerous studies on an Ayurvedic herb called guggul (Commiphora mukul) show impressive support for normal thyroid health and weight loss. In one study, guggul supplementation alongside regular exercise resulted in a significant decrease in fat mass, as well as improved mood state.1
There are active plant steroids found in the resin of the guggul plant called guggulsterones. Guggulsterones have been shown to support optimal thyroid health, meaning they help stimulate the body’s natural ability to regulate metabolism.2
Weight gain due to slow metabolism is often accompanied by mild fatigue, dry skin, and cold hands and feet.
How to Check Your Metabolism
Check your temperature first thing in the morning, before getting out of bed, for five days in a row. The average should be about 98.2 degrees. If it is less than 97 degrees, go to your doctor.
An average temperature on the lower side may indicate weight gain could be related to slow metabolism.
Traditionally, guggul was used for detoxifying fats cells and supporting thyroid health. These traditional uses are now being supported by studies showing guggul’s effect on healthy cholesterol levels.3-5
For best results, take guggul 3 times per day after meals. Learn more about LifeSpa’s Guggul Lean.
As guggul is a more difficult herb to acquire and digest, is best to take guggul with other herbs to boost absorption, such as amalaki, shilajit, and black pepper. Guggul Lean has all of these herbs in one pill for better absorption, thyroid support, and metabolism boosting.