The Truth About Weight Gain and How to Reclaim Your Health

It’s not just about this summer or the next.  Year after year, people rush to find the next best thing to help them drop the pounds.  Why is it so easy for some to lose weight and keep it off, while much harder to nearly impossible for others? 

HERE ARE THE TOP 3 THINGS TO CONSIDER:

Issue #1: Fad Diets

They’re a fad.  Here are some top reasons they fail:

  • They are not sustainable
  • Some of us get results from them, while the rest of us don't
  • They can lead to overabundance of some micro & macronutrients, and deficiency of others
  • Long term, they can lead to weight gain by affecting our neurological, endocrine, and metabolism in a negative way.  

Solution:

Finding what works for you on a personal level is key to long term success: 

  • Do you metabolize carbohydrates, fats, or proteins more efficiently?  
  • Do you respond better to intense, moderate, or low intensity workouts?  
  • Are you looking to lose weight or maintain weight?  

If you want to better understand how to get the most out of your nutrition, then consider genetic testing.  Most diets, by their extreme nature, can help lose weight, but keeping it off requires a personalized approach that no diet can deliver. 

With genetic testing results you’ll be able to fine tune how much fat, protein, and carbohydrates you should be eating and how intense & frequent of exercise you should be doing for best results.  In addition, not only does it provide insight into behavior patterns such as sugar cravings, overindulgence, and appetite control, but also how to change your behavior.   

Issue #2: Your Gut

Our gut is our second brain—we’ve got more bacteria in our gut than the total amount of cells in our bodies combined.  Gut bacteria play an important role in digestion, hence when there is bacterial imbalance, we can have symptoms of indigestion, gas, bloating, and altered bowel movements.  

But, the microflora of our GI influence not just our digestive health.  It also:

  • Effects our metabolism
  • Influences our mood
  • Predisposes us to weight gain or loss
  • Regulates our immune system
  • Plays a vital role in endocrine health

Solution:

As you can see, when you are trying to lose weight and you experience resistance, correcting gut bacteria imbalance can be an important step in the process.  Most people try various probiotics and claim they don’t work.  However, establishing good microflora is only one of many things anyone can do to optimize weight loss.  Considering food allergies, leaky gut, bacterial overgrowth, and other issues is just as important and should not be ignored!

Get help from your physician, who can evaluate your GI health, implement the right nutrition plan, lifestyle changes, and provide good quality supplements to get you back on track.

Issue #3: Hormones

Our hormones are chemical messengers, and one of their functions is to regulate our metabolic rate.  Most people think of metabolism in the context of how quickly we convert calories into energy.  But, metabolism refers to all the chemical reactions involved in maintaining the function of the cells in our bodies.  

The slower the metabolism, the slower the cellular function and that can present itself as: weight gain, low energy, infertility, decline in cognitive function, lowered libido, poor digestion, changes in skin tone/texture, headaches, and cold intolerance just to name a few.

Top reasons why hormone imbalance can occur:

  • Poor nutrition
  • Stress
  • Genetics
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Environmental toxins
  • Preexisting condition
  • Pregnancy and postpartum

Solution:

Hormone imbalance should be high on the list in someone who is doing everything right, yet still struggles to lose weight.  The key to understand with hormones is that reversing the damage caused by some of the factors listed above requires intervention more often than not. 

You may be trying to get your health back on track by eating right, exercising, and managing stress, which are all great starting points.  But, having a professional work up and treatment will take the guessing game out of what’s working or not, and identify which hormones are out of whack that are contributing to symptoms such as weight gain and resistance to lose weight.  

Your physician should help you get a baseline for your hormone function and identify the best approach using specific laboratory tests to asses adrenal & thyroid function as well as complete assessment of other bioavailable hormones. 

At Proactive Health, Dr. Elena specializes in weight loss & wellness using traditional and alternative techniques.  She focuses on individualized nutrition and exercise programs, and provides a comprehensive evaluation and treatment for patients seeking to optimize weight loss & health.  Schedule your complementary session to learn more about gut health, hormones, and sustainable weight loss.