First and foremost you need to make sure that you even have adrenal fatigue. Too many people misdiagnose themselves because of the small things they are feeling. Not to get too technical but AdrenaFigue is caused when your adrenal glands don’t produce enough hormones for your body to function properly.
Chronic and prolonged stress is one of the biggest triggers for Adrenal Fatigue. Some of the basic symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue are unexplained weight changes; hair loss; chronic fatigue, dizziness, chronic body-aches, etc. However, even if you do experience any of these symptoms you should still consult with a doctor and have them administer some diagnostic tests to determine whether you do indeed have Adrenal Fatigue.
The recovery from Adrenal Fatigue can be anywhere from 6 to 18 months or occasionally shorter than that depending on the severity of your condition. So how do you lose weight when you have Adrenal Fatigue? First off you need to cut stress out of your life by over 60%. Whatever the chronic stresser in your life is, you need to remove it immediately.
Remove any negative people around you that can lead to this type of stress. Try not to be a slave to email and social media. Sometimes even that alone will stress you out, having to respond to everybody business-wise or personal. Another thing that can help relieve stress is meditating and deep breathing and also getting at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night.
Exercise is one of the biggest stress relievers out there and it will help to reduce your cortisol levels significantly. Try exercising a minimum of 3 days and a maximum of 5 days per week and exercise for at least 30 minutes per session. If you have a severe case of Adrenal Fatigue and your body suffers from serious aches, then jogging may not be initially suitable for you. You can try lower intensity activities such as swimming, jogging, yoga, etc. If your Adrenal Fatigue is not severe, then jogging, sprinting, and lifting weights should be okay.
Your diet and proper supplementation is also very important when trying to lose weight while you suffer from this condition. You need to incorporate a healthy balanced diet which includes fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low healthy fat products. Try not restrict any macro-nutrients as they are all important and your macros should be balanced. Personally I like the 40/40/20 rule which is 40% carbs, 40% proteins and 20% fats.
Eliminating and minimizing junk food in your diet will be crucial to losing weight whether you have Adrenal Fatigue or not. Take away all the desserts, cookies and any high fat processed foods from your kitchen and your eyesight. Drinking water over high caloric beverage drinks will help big time and help to control your appetite. You should be conscious of the portion sizes of your food and meals and this will help limit your daily caloric intake to a respectable range to help you lose weight.
You need to remember to take a daily multivitamin, which will help you to get important vitamins and minerals in your body. Most people who have Adrenal Fatigue are typically deficient in certain vitamins and minerals, which they aren’t getting regularly from whole food consumption.
If you do have a severe case of Adrenal Fatigue a doctor can do several baseline tests to diagnose your condition and to see if you are a candidate for hormone replacements such as DHEA, adrenal extract, progesterone, pregnenolone, cortisol, etc. Any medications or supplements should be recommended or prescribed by a health care professional or doctor who can advise you exactly about what to take to treat your condition.
You can recover from Adrenal Fatigue and lose weight if you follow all of these things collectively.