What should you do if you’re already low weight and now are losing even more weight on the Candida diet?
A big part of my clinic is to try to get people’s metabolic rates working optimally. The metabolic rate is what your body is going to do with the food you eat. It’s either going to keep you in a normal state like it is with me. It’s either going to make you too big or your metabolism will make you too skinny.
Metabolic rate is governed by a whole bunch of different factors.
Genetics, personality, diet, environment, stress levels, all sorts of things will make up how quickly you gain weight, and how quickly you lose weight.
How do you gain weight when you’re skinny? The first things I probably ask of you if you’re a very thin person, are you a relaxed
person? Do you have the ability to be able to sit down and relax and move more slowly and speak more slowly and take your time doing things and not be in a hurry?
If you get irritated by other people, if you bump into people all the time or run up and downstairs, if you move quickly, if you drive your car very fast, if you get very impatient with people, if you’ve got lists of jobs to do and then lists of lists of lists of jobs to do, maybe you suffer a little bit from anxiety.
Maybe you need to slow that anxiety down a little bit by doing some nice relaxed, controlled breathing. These are the unseen things that help you to gain weight.
I get at least one patient per day like this. He’s very underweight.
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He’s got high anxiety. Tends to be a little bit on the hypothyroid or hyper adrenal side. She or he may well have a high cortisol rate, and frequently they’ve got many different issues with their health as well.
Many will have fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, digestive issues.
How the heck do you gain weight if you’re skinny, if you can’t relax?
It’s not easy. But I certainly encourage you to have larger portion sizes or meals more regularly, particularly to sit down and slow down and relax a lot more.
Let’s just say that you are skinny but also very relaxed and easy-going.
In those situations, I like to do a thyroid function test, a salivary cortisol test to look at their stress hormones, and see if a hormonal issue is present.
Usually, people that can’t gain weight despite eating a good amount of high-calorie food need to slow down.
What are some high-calorie foods? Fatty foods. Coconut fat.
Meat with a little bit more fat on it. Eggs. Nuts.
Skinny people will often benefit from chewing very well and slowly and eating more things.
Try to find the kind of carbohydrates that sit well you and your personality. It could be potatoes for some people. It could be sourdough bread for other people. Try to find a type of grain. It could be quinoa.
Eat more fat, relax more, and exercise less. All of those things can help you prevent weight loss while on the Candida diet.