They All Go Hand-in-Hand
Inflammation, Weight Gain & Pain
Here's how it works in a nutshell:
Inflammation causes swollen, painful joints and muscles.
It also puts you at a greater risk of becoming obese.
And worse yet, weight gain results in the release of more pain-causing hormones, and even more inflammation.10
It’s a self-perpetuating system that’s nearly impossible to escape from.
Most people don’t realize the vicious cycle that these three variables lock you into.
And most doctors don’t address it, because it involves crossing over three specialty areas of advice with natural solutions… (Meaning prescription drugs won’t help.)
Not to mention, most doctors still subscribe to the old “if it hurts, don’t do it” mentality—which doesn’t help us when we’re trying to proactively solve a problem.
And prevent worse problems from developing later on.
Drugs aren’t the answer. And neither is stopping all the activities you love.
In order to stop inflammation in its tracks, you need to have a basic understanding of:
- How it works.
- How it's related to weight gain.
- And how to get it under control.
This is critical.
I need to arm you with this knowledge before we go any further.. otherwise you can only hope for short-term pain relief at best.
Not sustainable pain relief, reductions in inflammation, and sustainable weight loss.
If you fix your inflammation problem, you’ll fix your weight problem AND your pain problems.
But it has to be done the right way.
So—a quick introduction to inflammation:
What is inflammation?
Inflammation is part of your body’s immune response, primarily designed to heal injuries and defend the body against foreign invaders.
In the case of a burn or injury, inflammation is a critical process for healing.
But, when inflammation stays high for a long time, a host of cascading, negative side effects start coming to the surface.
This can lead to the breakdown of joint structures, heart disease, and even damage to your gut lining.
For MANY people, "weight gain" isn't the issue that needs addressed.
Weight gain and joint pain are the SYMPTOMS of an inflammatory disorder.
Not the other way around.
I'm saying that inflammation is causing all the issues.
While most doctors or dietitians tell you that your inflammation/pain issues are the result of weight gain, poor diet, lifestyle choices and so on.
That's partially true.
But it doesn't address the issue at it's root.
I'll show you what I mean.
How Inflammation Causes Weight Gain
#1: Inflammation Causes Insulin Resistance
We know based on research from the American Diabetes Association that inflammation precedes weight gain. Using plasma protein markers, researchers can predict future weight gain based on inflammation levels.*
The mechanism isn't completely clear. But we know from animal studies that pro-inflammatory cytokines cause insulin resistance.
Pro-inflammatory cytokines are cells released by your body's immune system in response to inflammation.
Insulin is a type of storage hormone your body produces in response to high levels of blood sugar.
Why is insulin resistance a bad thing?
Because it prevents your body from using nutrients properly. And not only does insulin resistance lead to increased fat storage, it can cause to Type 2 Diabetes.
#2: Inflammation in Fat Cells Causes Oxidative Stress
Fat cells are often the first cells affected by inflammation.
The inflammatory process actually begins in fat cells.
As fat cells expand in response to weight gain, they produce inflammation.13
This causes oxidative stress (also known as "free radical damage").
Which leads to much bigger problems down the road.
Diabetes, neurological diseases, heart disease and arthritis are all exacerbated (if not CAUSED) by oxidative stress.
Reference Study: Chronic inflammation and oxidative stress as a major cause of age-related diseases
#3: Inflammation of the Brain Causes Appetite Disregulation
Inflammation produces cells and free-radicals that circulate through your entire body.
So it doesn't just impact your fat cells and joints.
The worst effects are in your brain.
In 2010, neuroscience & obesity researcher Stephan Guyenet wrote an article explaining how inflammation causes leptin resistance.*
Leptin is your master appetite hormone. It tells your body when it's full, and when it needs more food.
When you become leptin resistant, your body doesn't know when it's full.
Your natural appetite shut-off valve is broken.
In my estimation, this is the most UNDERSTATED negative consequence of inflammation as it relates to weight gain.
#4: Inflammation Breaks Down Joint Tissue
Inflammation breaks down joint tissue.
This leads to joint pain, and often to full blown osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of joint cartilage and underlying bone. In addition to causing pain and stiffness (usually in the hips, knees and thumbs), it makes your bones weaker, exposing you to more risk of life-threatening injuries.
Studies show overweight women are four times more likely to develop osteoarthritis than those with healthy weights. Overweight men are five times more likely to develop osteoarthritis.7
This quote is from Eric Matteson, MD, chair of the rheumatology division at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota:
“Weight plays an important role in joint stress, so when people are very overweight, it puts stress on their joints, especially their weight-bearing joints, like the knees and the hips.”5
So not only does inflammation lead to arthritis.
It causes weight gain.
Which makes arthritis develop more quickly.
Again, not good.
Pretty depressing stuff. But there is good news.
There are several favorable metabolic changes that take place in your body when you adopt an anti-inflammatory diet.
You might associate “being on a diet” with being miserable.
But not this kind of diet.
You’ll feel better—even in the short-term.
The Short-Term Benefits of Anti-Inflammatory Eating:
1. Near-instant pain relief. Adding certain foods and eliminating others reduces inflammation and pain-causing enzymes.14
2. Improves your “gut biome”—meaning the mix of healthy bacteria and yeast in your digestive tract.16
Research shows that the digestive tract of obese individuals has several marked differences from those of healthy individuals.16 This is a relatively new field of study, but it’s already apparent that the disruption of normal gut bacteria can lead to food cravings, mood swings, declines in energy levels, and weight gain.
2. Leverages the power of "dietary displacement" to boost feel-good hormones and suppress inflammatory hormones.
"Dietary displacement” is a fancy way of describing how to avoid the few foods that cause immediate increases in inflammation—and replace them with other foods that suppress inflammation. With fewer inflammatory hormones roving around in your blood stream, your body just works better.
…Now, you might be wondering why I’m so confident in all this without even knowing you.
What ailments you suffer from, injuries you’ve incurred, or what your diet looks like…
It's because my team and I know what works for people with elevated inflammation levels.
After working with hundreds of face-to-face clients and thousands of online clients, we became experts at systematically breaking the Inflammation/Weight Gain/Pain Cycle.
Look, I’ll be the first to say it—Nothing beats 1-on-1 consultation, but when you develop a system based on thousands of case studies, it comes pretty darn close.
In some cases, our data-based approach is superior to personal consultation—because it removes individual factors that distract from the main point….
You have to break the Inflammation/Weight Gain/Pain Cycle in order to lose weight and keep it off. And to experience lasting pain relief.
If you're in pain, you need to focus FIRST on losing weight with low-inflammation eating tactics.
And when you do, you'll get relief.
"You have to break the
Inflammation/Weight Gain/Pain Cycle in order to lose weight and keep it off."
And you’re in luck.
Because we’ve gotten pretty darn good at helping our clients achieve sustainable weight loss and pain relief.
Without sacrificing their favorite foods, or their social life.
You can do the same if you follow three basic steps.
These are the three most important nutrition strategies we use.
The next page illustrates why our method is easy to follow, AND how it suppresses inflammation.
Summary & Subtext
- We can predict future weight gain by measuring inflammation levels. Think about that for a second... Inflammation precedes weight gain: American Diabetes Association Article "Inflammation-Sensitive Plasma Proteins Are Associated with Future Weight Gain"
- Inflammation screws up your appetite hormones. This causes overeating when you would normally feel full and satisfied. A major, major problem that is often overlooked. Article by Stephan Guyenet here. This is heavy stuff. All you need to know is that inflammation fouls up leptin. And that you get it back in check by eating a "smart carbohydrate" diet and lowering inflammation.
- Different strokes for different folks.. If you have inflammation issues, they need to be addressed in a specific way... Normal "dieting" or "healthy eating" won't work.