How Does Adrenal Fatigue Impede Weight Loss and Muscle Gain?

by Leigh Brandon |  Date Released : 27 Jan 2011

Prolific author and fitness professional Leigh Brandon discusses why, contrary to popular belief, weight loss is not as simple as energy in versus energy out. Join Leigh as he takes us through the scientific rationale of why adrenal fatigue can derail our clients’ progress and what to do about it.

  • Definition of adrenal fatigue
  • Stress
  • Fight or flight
  • Redirection of blood flow
  • Fast instinctive thinking
  • Parasympathetic system dominance
  • Internal organs are required to regenerate tissue and proper immune function
  • Neocortex is responsible for planning and problem solving
  • 3 Stages of adrenal fatique
    • Stage 1: Initial response to stress
    • Stage 2: Continuous stress fatigues adrenal glands
      • Difficulty to get out of bed
      • Run down
      • Muscular weakness and/or soreness
      • Lack of libido
      • Sugar cravings
      • Increased menopausal symptoms
    • Stage 3: Cortisol secretion is impaired
  • Adrenal fatique is caused by too much stress or the inability to cope with stress
  • Types of stresses:
    • Physical
    • Chemical
    • Financial
    • Electromagnetic
    • Mental
    • Emotional
    • Thermic
    • Nutritional
  • How does adrenal fatigue impede weight lose?
  • Less DHEA means less growth and repair hormones meaning less muscle repair ultimately lowering metabolic rate
  • Compromised immune function
  • Immune, hormonal, metabolic breakdown
  • Calories consumed vs. calories expended?
  • Reducing adrenal fatigue
  • Optimal levels of stress
  • Feeling drained vs. invigorated after a workout
  • Working in vs. working out
  • Piezoelectric current
  • Postural stress
  • Knowing when to refer clients
  • Food sensitivity

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Leigh Brandon

About the author: Leigh Brandon

Leigh Brandon, the Founder of BodyCHEK is a CHEK Practitioner Level IV, Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level III, Metabolic Typing Advisor, Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist, Strength & Conditioning Coach and a Sports Massage Therapist.

He has specialized in injury rehabilitation and sports conditioning since 1996. Leigh uses a truly holistic approach combining, corrective and high performance exercise, nutrition and lifestyle modification and soft tissue work.

Leigh has worked with a wide range of clients and athletes including those recovering from chronic pain syndromes, such as spinal disc pathologies, through to British and European Champions, Record Holders and Olympic Athletes.

Leigh is also a member of the CHEK Institute Faculty, teaching CHEK Institute advanced level courses around the world, teaches the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition course for San Diego FDN in the UK and he also teaches workshops on "core stability" and "speed development" to fitness professionals.

Leigh is also the author of “Anatomy for Strength & Fitness Training for Speed and Sport,” “Anatomy of Yoga for Posture & Health” and “Anatomy of Sports Injuries.”

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