2 Hidden Weight Gain Factors

How the Liver and Lymph Affect Fat Loss

There are more than 100 million of us currently fighting the infamous battle of the bulge. And if you’re one of those who have a genetic propensity for being overweight you know how challenging it can be, not to mention how discouraging it is, not to lose even a pound even when we “do good.” So, what can we do when nothing else seems to be happening or helping?

What we need is the truth so we can set ourselves free!

There are two major culprits that have nothing to do with genes and every thing to do with simple body chemistry imbalances.

  • The Liver...the liver is your major fat-burning organ
  • The Lymphatic System...the lymph is your major fat-processing system

The Liver Link

There is a surprising connection between weight loss and the liver. Biochemistry demands that the liver be kept in tip-top shape or fat metabolism will not occur.

A liver overloaded with pollutants and toxins cannot efficiently burn body fat, and thus it will sabotage your best weight loss efforts.

Bile helps the liver break down fats. Bile is synthesized and secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. Bile cannot do its job if the liver is overloaded with chemicals, toxins, and/or heavy metals. We have to detoxify pollutants and chemicals in the body before any form of effortless weight loss can be experienced.

When fatigued, toxic livers no longer perform as they should, hormones get out of balance, fat accumulates around the abdomen, toxins build up, bloating, swelling, indigestion, and cellulite appears. Other symptoms such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, fatigue, mood swings, depression, and skin rashes are a result of sluggish livers.

Sugar robs the body of essential nutrients which are essential for proper liver function.

Did you know that Americans consume over 150 pounds of sweeteners and another 15 to 20 pounds of artificial sweeteners per person on an annual basis?. And sugar is used in a host of foods and products that we sometimes are unaware of. Sugar is what makes ketchup retain its color and browns the crust of bread and rolls. Sugar and sugar substitutes are in nearly all processed foods. Even cigarettes, toothpaste, aspirin, postage stamps, and hairspray contain sugar.

Anything that keeps insulin levels elevated will promote fat accumulation since insulin is a fat storage hormone. Diets low in protein and high in carbohydrates elevate insulin levels.

One of the best stress-busting dietary tips is to increase protein to at least 6-8 oz of poultry, fish or lean meat per day. The body needs more protein when it is under stress.

Sugar inhibits the liver’s production of enzymes that are necessary for detoxification and makes the liver go into overdrive just to convert the sugar into fats such as cholesterol and triglycerides.

Trans Fats impede the liver’s ability to burn fat.

Trans fats are created when vegetable oils are hydrogenated. They thicken the bile flow and increase fatty deposits within the liver. Remember that frying foods with margarine, vegetable shortenings, and commercial vegetable oils clog up detoxification pathways.

Once the liver is maxed out, it shifts the fat to those prime fat storage areas of the body like thighs, buttocks, and abdomen.

Probably nothing you do to control your weight is as important as keeping your liver healthy.

Fat Flushing and Liver Enhancing Foods

If you want to flush fat, now’s the time to eat lots of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, and cauliflower. Go for sulferic rich foods like garlic and onions and add a couple of eggs a day to your diet. They all stimulate bile secretion and enhance liver function. Great herbs for a healthy liver incude: Ginger, Dandelion Root, Milk thistle, Turmeric, and Oregon Grape Root.

What You Should Eat:

  • The best oil for cooking is olive oil. Flax oil is good for salad dressings but should not be heated.
  • 4-8 oz. of fish, especially those with high levels of Omega 3 fatty acids like salmon and tuna, and lean poultry, lamb, and beef
  • Vegetables of all sorts. How should you eat them? Every way but fried! Include every color from asparagus to yam
  • Fruits: From Apple to Watermelon
  • Beans and Peas
  • CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) is a very good supplement to add
  • Fat-Flush Drinks: Cinnamon-Cranberry Tea (1/4 cup unsweetened cranberry juice + ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon + ¾ cup purified water) Sweeten with SweetFiber®

The success of losing fat will depend as much on what you avoid eating as what you should eat. The best way to prevent sabotage of your healthy eating intentions is to create a menu and shop the "outer limits" of the store, bypassing of substituting those items in the list below.

What Not to Eat:

  • Margarine, vegetable oil shortening, and foods with trans-fats (and partially hydrogenated oils) are a major enemy in weight loss.
  • The following foods are too high in fat to allow liver & lymph cleansing: Lean sirloin, Pork sausage, Lean T-bone, Lean bacon, lean rib roast, bologna, country-style sausage, spareribs, and frankfurters.
  • Sweets and processed foods containing sugar and sugar substitutes like high fructose corn syrup. If it ends in "ose" think twice!
  • High glycemic carbohydrates that tend to raise insulin, thereby triggering fat storage.

One of the key resources I used for information on detoxing through the liver and lymphatic system are the great books by Ann Louise Gittleman. Her suggestions for diet and the delicious recipes are available below.

Sweet Fiber® and Detox Help for Fat Flush

The Fat Flush Plan
The Fat Flush Plan

The keys to overweight are liver toxicity, waterlogged tissues, fear of eating fat, excess insulin, and stress, asserts nutritionist Ann Louise Gittleman. Her Fat Flush Plan addresses these problems with a targeted diet.

Get the Sugar Out, Revised and Updated 2nd Edition: 501 Simple Ways to Cut the Sugar Out of Any Diet
Get the Sugar Out, Revised and Updated 2nd Edition: 501 Simple Ways to Cut the Sugar Out of Any Diet

In this new edition of the bestselling Get the Sugar Out, nationally renowned nutritionist and well-known author Ann Louise Gittleman explains that sugar not only contributes to weight gain but also to mood swings, weakened immunity, diabetes, some cancers, and cardiovascular disease. Here she offers 501 simple, resourceful, and practical tips for cutting sugar from your diet, giving you the knowledge and inspiration you need to live a healthier life.


The Lymph Link

Understanding the lymphatic system

The lymph system cleanses every cell, carrying nutrients to the cell and waste products out of the cell. Without adequate physical activity, the cells are left to stew in their own waste products and are starved of nutrition. Vigorous exercise such as walking or rebounding is beneficial to help the lymph system remove that waste. Rebounding is reported to increase lymph flow by 15 to 30 times. The main lymph vessels run up the legs, up the arms and up the torso. This is why rebounding's vertical movement is so beneficial for stimulating the lymph.

Did you know that many people carry an extra 10 to 15 pounds of water trapped in their tissues. The result is abdominal bloating, cellulite, and face and eye puffiness. Waterlogged tissues act just like “false fat.” Actually, consuming too little water can cause your body to retain water. When your water intake is low, the kidneys hoard water.

Insufficient water slows the lymphatic system. Women with cellulite have lymphatic deficiencies. Proteins play an important role in helping the lymphatic system. Protein controls water between and within cells and within arteries and veins by attracting the water molecules. When water accumulates, we call this the Bloat.

If you have these symptoms you may have sluggish lymphatic system:

  • Arms and legs appearance puffy or swollen
  • Fat layers are thicker than normal
  • Have stuggled with excess weight since childhood
  • Slow metabolic rate or gain weight very easily
  • More prone to fluid retention and swelling in the arms and feet
  • Cellulite is common
  • Mood swings and hormone sensitivity
  • Crave dairy products, especially those that are fatty and rich

Cleansing the Lymph System

What to do:

Besides following all the dietary suggestions that have been covered, there are a few extra things you can do to keep the lymphatic system functioning optimally.

  • Increase metabolism by moving more. A walk a day is an excellent and low impact way to get your metabolism going without risk of injury. Walking increases ciruclation of both the blood and lymph.
  • Deep breathing insures an adequate amount of oxygen gets to the tissues. It also stimulates lymphatic drainage.
  • Eliminate or greatly reduce caffeine and alcohol which act as mild diuretics and cause the kidneys to excrete more urine.
  • Avoid dairy products. Dairy products overload their lymphatic system and thus cause weight gain and fluid retention.
  • Eat food high in fatty acids, and consider taking an EFA supplement.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking sufficient amounts of pure, ionized, alkaline water to flush out impurities.
  • Flush out the bloat by bouncing on a mini-trampoline or exercise ball and dry brushing regularly.
  • Take a good nutritional supplement that assures you are getting sufficient essential nutrients. A sluggish lymph means the nutrients aren't being delivered as efficiently to your tissues and stress depletes the body of needed nutrients, as well.
  • Supplement with L-Carnitine – vital to keeping normal liver enzymes in the blood. L-Carnitine carries fat to the mitochondria in the cells, where the fat is converted to energy. L-Carnitine also helps clear waste products from the mitochondria to avoid free-radical accumulation. L-Carnitine protects the liver from powerful toxins.
  • Hot-water with lemon, pure water with ½ lemon squeeze into it (2 or 3 times a day), promotes peristalsis and helps empty stubborn fat stores.

Drain the Lymph to Flush the Fat

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