Accidentally Overweight: The 9 Elements That Will Help You Solve Your Weight-Loss Puzzle

Accidentally Overweight: The 9 Elements That Will Help You Solve Your Weight-Loss Puzzle

by Libby Weaver


Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for delivery by Friday, April 23


"What leads the human body to get the message that it needs to store fat and what leads the human body to get the message that it needs to burn fat?" In a dynamic, fresh approach to weight loss, acclaimed nutritional biochemist Dr. Libby Weaver discusses the nine factors that cause us to either lose or gain weight. These factors include: calories, stress hormones, sex hormones, liver function, thyroid function, gut bacteria, insulin, alkalinity, and emotions. Let's face it - for many people it is not a lack of education that leads them to polish off a packet of chocolate biscuits after dinner, but their biochemistry and emotions. Accidentally Overweight explores the role of these two factors in fat storage and optimal wellness.Accidentally Overweight was born out of the 14 years Dr. Libby spent at university, her strong scientific background in both nutrition and dietics and her PhD in biochemistry. Libby has thousands of stories about how, what she calls the 'calorie equation' (how much you eat versus how much you move) is not the only determinant of our body shape and size. At the end of the day, if it was truly as simple as the calorie equation, everyone would be trim, taut and terrific, and there'd be no health consequences because of excess body weight. This is not just another diet book - it is a life-changing way of understanding your body and health.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401950231
Publisher: Hay House Inc.
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dr. Libby Weaver is an internationally acclaimed nutritional biochemist, author and speaker. Armed with abundant knowledge, scientific research and a natural ability to break down even the most complex of concepts into layman's terms, Dr. Libby empowers and inspires people to take charge of their health and happiness. Her holistic approach and unique form of education are embraced by audiences across the world.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Guidelines for Getting the Most out of This Book xv

A Little Background… xix

Introduction: The Big Picture First xxiii

Digestion: The Basis of Health 1

The digestive system 2

PH gradient of the digestive system 9

Stress 14

Bowel evacuation 14

Opioids 18

TCM perspective on digestion 22

Food combining 23

Signs your digestive system needs support 25

Digestion solutions 27

Puzzle Piece 1 Calories 29

You know you need to eat less… 29

Sometimes you can't stop-emotional overeating 33

Understanding why you overeat 37

Signs the calorie piece of the puzzle needs addressing 38

Calorie solutions 39

Puzzle Piece 2 Stress Hormones 41

Adrenalin and the big sugar rush 41

How coffee can make you fat 43

Cortisol-friend or worst nightmare? 47

Silent stress 52

Worrying can make you fat 53

Adrenal fatigue 55

The serotonin-melatonin seesaw 57

How to support your adrenals 59

Signs stress hormone production and/or the adrenals need support 64

Stress hormones solutions 65

Puzzle Piece 3 Sex Hormones 69

Can estrogen make you fat? 69

Fluid retention 70

What role does progesterone play? 72

The relationship between stress and sex hormones 72

What happens when estrogen is dominant? 76

Reproductive system conditions 85

Signs your sex hormones need support 94

Sex hormones solutions 96

Puzzle Piece 4 The Liver 99

The nutrients you need for detoxification 100

Liver loaders 102

Cholesterol 105

Excretion of cholesterol and estrogen 108

Antioxidant defense mechanisms 110

Signs your liver needs support 116

Liver solutions 117

Puzzle Piece 5 Gut Bacteria 119

The connection between gut bacteria and calories 119

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) 122

The no-good bug… streptococcus 127

Signs your gut bacteria needs to be addressed 128

Gut bacteria solutions 129

Puzzle Piece 6 The Thyroid 131

The thyroid hormone cascade 131

Hypothyroidism: Underactive thyroid gland function 134

Estrogen dominance 138

Elevated Cortisol brought on by stress 138

Thyroid medications 139

Blood tests and "normal" ranges 141

Signs your thyroid needs support 144

Thyroid solutions 147

Puzzle Piece 7 Insulin 149

How carbs can make you fat-or not 149

Food and insulin 151

Rushing woman's syndrome 153

How the biochemistry of insulin relates to appetite and fat storage 157

The importance of exercise 159

Fructose and the liver: Their relationship to insulin 159

The glycemic index and glycemic load 163

Sweetness of life 164

Signs your blood glucose or insulin response needs support 165

Insulin solutions 166

Puzzle Piece 8 The Nervous System 169

The autonomic nervous system 169

The nervous system and body fat 172

Craving sugar 174

Signs your nervous system needs support 176

Nervous system solutions 177

Puzzle Piece 9 Emotions 179

Food is… 181

Understand your meanings and rules: The fuel for your life 183

Specific meanings and rules 184

Emotional pain can serve you 189

Network spinal analysis (NSA) and Somato respiratory integration (SRI) 204

The Em-Matrix 205

Signs your emotional landscape needs some support 207

Emotions solutions 207

The Wrap-Up 209

References and Resources 213

Index 219

About the Author 229

Customer Reviews