At the Institute of Healthy Aging of South Africa (IHASA) we fully endorse the concept that one cannot lump everyone who is obese into the same bag. Once we have identified the individual reason for what caused someone to be overweight then we have a much better chance of permanently correcting it. This cuts to the heart of one of the big problems with the weight loss industry. By putting people onto very strict diets for 2 months many companies can show successful weight loss results in the short term. Look at those same people a year later and often 95% of them have regained all the weight that they lost and in some cases they have picked up more weight than what they lost.
We have identified 6 areas that are critical to people losing and gaining weight and we help people identify which of these areas are weaknesses in them. Once they correct their weaknesses, then they are armed to maintain that weight loss by avoiding the area that is pertinent for them. Weight loss is not and never was just about calories in, calories out.
At IHASA we look at the following areas which contribute to weight gain, these areas are:
- Sleep – if we don’t sleep then our hormones are not replenished and we will eat the wrong foods. It is not so much that if you sleep, you will lose weight, but if you are sleep-deprived, meaning that you are not getting enough minutes of sleep or good quality sleep, your metabolism will not function properly
- Cravings – if our happy hormones are deficient then we will cheer ourselves up with comfort eating. This is because when our happy hormones are deficient we tend to rely on our happy hormone dopamine which provides us with that instant gratification to make us happy. This explains why people who live a more stressful unhappy lifestyle, tend to put on more weight through comfort eating.
- Sugar – if we have a sensitivity to sugar then we will absorb it quickly and develop a fatty liver quickly. Your liver plays a central role in the metabolism of any type of calorie. During weight gain your liver is being punched in the nose by inflammatory metabolic flu signals coming from your white adipose tissue (stored fat) and your digestive tract. At the same time, your white adipose tissue is unable to store fat fast enough, turning to the primary backup location for fat storage – your liver. Now your liver gets clogged with excess fat, metabolism becomes even more strained, your waistline expands, and you are at risk for developing far more serious health problems.
- Fat Sensitivity – if we are sensitive to fats then the wrong ones will make us put on weight. It is important that you are aware of the fats you are consuming. Bad fats increase cholesterol and your risk of certain diseases, while good fats protect your heart and support overall health. In fact, good fats—such as omega-3 fats—are essential to physical and emotional health.
- Liver Function – if our liver is unhealthy then it will tend to store foods as fat. If your liver cannot handle the excess fat and sugar coming at it, then fat and sugar will pile up in all the wrong places all over your body – hardening your arteries, your brain, and generally accelerating aging across the board.
- Fat Storage Release – if we cannot turn fat back into energy, then we will continuously accumulate the fat.By identifying where in this pathway our weaknesses are we can fight fat effectively and optimize our health. At the Institute of Healthy Aging (IHASA) we have changed the lives of many women and men. Stop the guess work and the never ending quick fix diets. At IHASA, we enable you to target your genetic weaknesses and correct them, so that you are able to cut off those unwanted/stubborn fat for GOOD!
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