As I mentioned in the email, the three main obstacles to losing weight are:
- Sluggish fat burning
- Blood sugar imbalances
- Micronutrient deficiencies
Let’s look at each of them in more detail.
Sluggish fat burning
Our bodies are capable of producing energy from both fat and carbohydrates. If you’ve been eating a diet high in carbohydrates and lower in fat (like a Standard American Diet, or vegetarian diet), and you abruptly switch over to a diet that is lower in carbohydrate and higher in fat (like a Paleo or “low-carb” diet), there’s usually a transition period where your body has to switch from primarily burning carbs for energy to primarily burning fats.
During this transition period it’s not uncommon to experience intense sugar cravings and dips or even crashes in energy, because your body is not yet getting the cellular fuel it needs.
For the lucky ones, this adaptation only takes a few days. For others, it takes longer and may not happen completely without additional support. The process of turning dietary fat into usable energy requires several nutrients; carnitine and riboflavin (B2) are especially important.
If you’re low in either of these nutrients, which many people are, then you’re ability to burn fat will be impaired, and you’ll have trouble losing weight.
Blood sugar imbalances
Blood sugar imbalances include hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and reactive hypoglycemia (a combination of both high and low blood sugar). Each of these conditions can cause fatigue, irregular energy and sugar cravings, along with numerous other symptoms.
Glucose, the sugar in our blood, is used in all cells for energy production, so any difficulty in delivering glucose into the cells will quite literally affect every system of the body. This is especially true for the brain, which has a higher need for glucose than other body tissues.
Unfortunately, blood sugar problems are common in the modern world. Recent statistics suggest that 10 percent of Americans have type 2 diabetes—the most extreme form of blood sugar imbalance—and up to 25 percent could be classified as “pre-diabetic”. There are a number of reasons why blood sugar problems have become so common, including:
- Poor diet
- Too much sitting
- Lack of exercise
- Not enough sleep
- Chronic stress
- Nutrient deficiencies
Whatever the cause, if your blood sugar is out of whack you’re likely to experience strong sugar cravings, energy crashes, and other unpleasant symptoms that can make weight loss difficult.
In addition to carnitine and riboflavin, which are two of the most important nutrients for fat burning, there are several micronutrients essential to energy production and blood sugar regulation. These include chromium, magnesium, biotin, choline and CoQ10.
Chromium is an essential mineral that enhances the role of insulin and helps transport glucose into cells. Diets high in simple and refined sugars deplete body chromium stores, and even mild deficiencies of chromium can interfere with blood sugar regulation and cause fatigue, anxiety and sugar cravings. Infection, intense exercise, pregnancy and lactation, and chronic stress can also reduce chromium levels, especially if they were already low to begin with. This may explain why an estimated 20-25% of Americans are deficient in chromium, despite adequate dietary intake.
Magnesium in another mineral that plays a crucial role in blood sugar regulation. It is used by the body’s enzymes to process glucose efficiently, and it has been shown to decrease inflammation, which is one of the primary drivers of insulin resistance.
A 2010 study showed that people who took in the highest amounts of magnesium were half as likely to develop diabetes 20 years later than people who took in lower amounts.
Unfortunately, most Americans are deficient in magnesium. The median intake across all racial groups is far below the RDA, which is 420 mg/d for men and 320-400 mg/d for women. Although half of Americans take a multivitamin daily, most don’t contain enough magnesium to prevent deficiency.
Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin sometimes referred to as vitamin B7 or vitamin H. It’s involved in energy production, and it helps with burning both fats and carbohydrates.
People with higher biotin levels in their blood tend to have lower blood sugar, and vice versa. In one human study, biotin levels were significantly lower in 43 patients with type 2 diabetes than patients without diabetes, and one month of biotin supplementation decreased fasting blood sugar levels by 45%.
Biotin is found in meat, fish, egg yolks, milk, poultry and some legumes and grains. It’s also produced by gut bacteria in amounts approximately 2-5x higher than what is generally obtained from the diet. Deficiency of biotin due to inadequate dietary intake is not common. However, anything with a negative effect on the gut flora (such as antibiotics, birth control pills, gut infections, inflammation, SIBO, stress, etc.) could potentially decrease biotin production and lead to deficiency. These factors are incredibly common in the industrialized world, so biotin deficiency may be more common than typically assumed.
CoQ10 is an antioxidant that is present inside of all cells. It plays a major role in generating cellular energy. In fact, 95% of the body’s usable energy is produced in this way, so even a mild deficiency of CoQ10 can have a significant impact on energy and cellular function.
CoQ10 deficiency can be caused by low dietary intake (CoQ10 is highest in red meat and liver and some fish), oxidative damage and insufficient levels of B vitamins, vitamin C and selenium.
The important thing to realize here is that low levels of any of these nutrients can interfere with your efforts to lose weight.
The Solution: AdaptaBoost from Paleologix
Over the last five years, I’ve helped hundreds of patients to lose weight and improve their metabolism. Through that experience I learned that the three problems I mentioned above—impaired fat burning, blood sugar imbalances, and nutrient deficiency—are extremely common in people that are overweight.
Initially I tried to address these issues through dietary changes alone. While this did lead to positive results for some people, others simply couldn’t seem to lose weight or stick with the healthy diet I had prescribed, no matter how hard they tried.
I began to realize that many people needed additional support above and beyond a clean diet. Their metabolisms had been damaged from many years of eating refined, nutrient-depleted food, chronic stress, physical inactivity, antibiotic use, and many other aspects of the modern lifestyle.
So I started to experiment with supplements that I hoped could address the problems I was seeing. I had some success, but I wasn’t able to find a product that I really liked.
That’s when I decided to create my own. I teamed up with nutrition expert (and former biochemist) Robb Wolf and we created a formula called AdaptaBoost. It contains a broad spectrum of nutrients—including those I mentioned above—that work together to support fat burning, weight loss, and healthy blood sugar levels.
AdaptaBoost has several additional benefits:
- It reduces cravings and helps you stick to a healthy diet. AdaptaBoost contains ingredients that have been shown to reduce sugar cravings and stabilize appetite. This makes it easier to stick with a healthy diet and achieve your weight loss goals.
- It promotes steady energy levels. AdaptaBoost promotes a feeling of steady energy with fewer and less extreme energy dips.
- It improves metabolism. AdaptaBoost contains carefully selected nutrients that help to keep your cellular energy production running as cleanly and smoothly as possible. This leads to cleaner, more efficient metabolic function.
How much should you take?
I recommend taking two capsules three times a day with meals during your intensive weight loss phase. This is the dose I’ve found to be most effective in my work with patients—and many other clinicians that are using AdaptaBoost in their practices have had a similar experience.
At two capsules three times a day, you’ll need two bottles of AdaptaBoost for a 30-day supply.
Is there anyone that shouldn’t take AdaptaBoost?
AdaptaBoost is safe and well-tolerated by most people. If you are pregnant or nursing, you should speak with your doctor before taking AdaptaBoost (or any other supplement, for that matter).