I’ve seen it time and time again.
Women who are tired.
They can’t sleep.
They get sick all the time.
They hold on to a few extra pounds, no matter how little they eat or how much they workout.
They can’t make it through the day without gallons of coffee.
They regularly have a case of the “blahs” and their motivation level’s tanked.
Many of these women come to me looking for a solution. They are tired of living life this way, and are looking for a change. Many of them suffer from something called adrenal fatigue to varying degrees, and my FASTer Way to Fat Loss program looks like a viable option to getting them some results.
Adrenal fatigue is a term used to describe HPA Axis Dysregulation. The HPA axis is what controls your body’s response to stress. The HPA axis (which includes your hypothalamus, pituitary gland and adrenal glands) produces stress hormones in your body, including cortisol.
Cortisol plays an important role in your body’s overall functioning. When under significant stress, cortisol helps redistribute energy to important parts of your body including your brain, heart, and muscles. This is why people are able to flip over a car after they’ve been in accident to save someone inside. Our bodies are able to perform incredibly under extreme stress...for very short periods of time.
When functioning properly, your HPA Axis regulates your body’s responsiveness to stress, and everything works as it should. However, when your HPA axis is dysfunctional, your body is no longer able to respond to daily stressors, and regulate its response to them. When this happens you typically experience huge spikes and drops in cortisol levels, leaving you feeling completely wiped out and moody.
While there are plenty of reasons you could be experiencing this, one of the most common reasons I see this in women looking to join my program is they are over exercising and under eating, specifically, cutting out carbs.
When you exercise at insanely intense levels 6-7 days a week, you are placing your body under an extreme amount of stress. When you pair that with not eating enough, or not giving your body the right combination of nutrients, you can really mess with your HPA axis and its ability to function properly.
Again, there are plenty of other things that can cause adrenal fatigue, including a lack of sufficient sleep, trauma, chemicals and pollutants, and chronic disease. But, what I most commonly see in women trying to lose weight or stay fit is extreme over exercising + extreme under eating.
If you think you may be suffering from adrenal fatigue, consider changing a few things up for a few weeks to see if there are any improvements. Depending on how bad things are, you may need much longer, but implementing some of these strategies should begin to offer some improvement.
Clean up your diet.
If your diet is heavy on processed foods, then it’s time to clean it up. Sugars and chemicals are empty calories. They provide our bodies with no nutrients, yet require them to work. In response, our bodies increase cortisol and insulin output, which puts strain on the adrenals.
If you want to see a huge impact on your overall health, I highly suggest you cut out most processed foods and cut back on sugar significantly. Naturally-occurring sugars found in fruits are fine since they come with other vital nutrients our bodies need.
Say yes to carbs.
The reason I have based my FASTer Way to Fat Loss program on carb cycling and not a strictly low carb/no carb approach is because our bodies need carbs to function optimally. Cutting out carbs completely depletes your body of glycogen, which supports brain function and overall energy levels.
If you’ve been eating low carb or no carb for a while now, it’s important to begin adding carbs back into your diet. My FASTer Way program does this in a cyclical fashion with low carb days and regular carb days, so your body learns to burn fat effectively while maintaining your energy levels.
If you are not getting enough sleep, you are placing stress on your body in big ways. You are not allowing your body the time it needs recover from the day and from your workout. This lack of sleep causes cortisol levels to increase, straining your adrenals. Do your best to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Doing so will give your body the time it needs to heal itself and have a significant positive impact on your adrenal functioning.
The women in my FASTer Way to Fat Loss program only really kill it in the gym twice per week. There is no need to beat your body down every single day. It is so important you give your body time to rest and recover in between workouts. When you go full out every single day, your cortisol levels remain elevated way longer than they should. Again, this places stress on your adrenals and can worsen the symptoms of adrenal fatigue. If you are someone who hits it hard in the gym every day, consider cutting back to two heavy lifting workouts per week, with some shorter HIIT workouts and two active recovery days per week. This will keep your body in the fat burning zone without becoming too taxing on your body.
Adrenal fatigue is not as uncommon as it may sound, and many of its causes can be reversed with some lifestyle changes. Women in my FASTer Way to Fat Loss program find that they have increased energy levels and sleep better. They see overall improvements in their mood and feel leaner and stronger than when they were eating less and working out more.
When you give your body what it needs each day, and exercise in an effective and intentional way, you will not only see incredible fat loss, but will see an overall improvement in your quality of life.
This program can absolutely help you deal with the symptoms of adrenal fatigue as you learn to listen to your body, fuel it well and exercise in a way that makes sense. If you are interested in joining my next round, we will begin on March 27th. Sign up before slots are filled, and join the thousands of other women who have shed fat and experienced incredible non-scale victories!
Intermittent Fasting and Carb Cycling are the foundation of the FASTer Way program, because they are incredibly effective nutritional strategies. In addition to helping your body burn fat more effectively, they can help repair the damage done by over exercising and under eating. If you'd like to learn more about why they are effective, grab my FREE guide Intermittent Fasting and Carb Cycling 101 through the link below!