One of the most common and accepted theories regarding weight loss is the Calorie Theory, in which your weight loss/gain is dependent on your calorie intake versus calorie 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, burn calories and lose or gain 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 the calorie theory.
Metabolic rates are primarily determined by the health of the thyroid, which seems to be a persistent and growing problem in America. The American Thyroid Association estimates that 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, and up to 60% of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition. (6)
The Research on Guggul
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. These 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 5 days in a row. The average should be about 98.2 degrees. If it is less than 97 degrees, go to your doctor.
A lower than average temperature may indicate that your 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 in studies that show guggul’s effect on healthy cholesterol levels. (3,4,5)
For best results, take guggul 3 times per day after meals. Learn more about LifeSpa’s Guggul Lean herbal formulation here on my site.