Do you ever wonder why you have so much trouble losing weight? Have you ever done a diet or “a cleanse” with a friend and they lose weight so easily but you barely lose a pound? This is one of the biggest complaints I get from my patients when we first meet.
I meet so many people that have tried every diet out there with little to no results. If they have had great results, it usually ends with them gaining the weight back plus a few extra pounds.
The problem with diets
There are so many different types of diets out there. The problem is that most of them are not designed with HEALTHY weight loss in mind. You find yourself eating packaged food that contains harmful chemicals or a 100 calorie snack packs that are full of sugar! One of the worst things I hear people say is “a calorie is a calorie”. One hundred calories of highly processed cookies or even pretzels is not even close in nutritional value to 100 calories of almonds. These highly processed foods send your body into a terrible cascade of events that leaves you feeling tired, moody and STARVING!
3 Reasons diets don’t work..
Don’t you notice that when you diet all you think about is food?? When you put yourself on these strict diets it makes your brain notice food more and makes food look more appetizing and harder to resist.
When you restrict calories it causes hormonal shifts that increase hunger hormones and decrease satiety hormones. This leaves you feeling less full on the same amount of food.
The reason why you can gain more weight after each diet is because restricting your calories slows down your metabolism, which makes you more efficient at storing fat and less efficient at burning it.
Could there be something deeper going on that is keeping you from losing weight?
Of course the type of food you eat plays a major role in what we look like inside and out, however, there is more to it than that. Here are just a few of the other things that could be going on in your body that is causing the excess weight:
- Gut infections like parasites, bacterial overgrowth and candida
- Low thyroid function
- Blood sugar imbalances
- Food intolerances
- Adrenal gland dysfunction
- Sleep deprivation
In the functional medicine approach to weight loss we look to find the deeper problem and address the underlying cause of your weight gain and health issues. Excess weight is usually a warning sign from you body that something deeper is going on.
How thin should I be?:
Each person has a healthy weight range for his or her body that is different from everyone else. It is important to understand that not everyone is meant to be super skinny. One of the worst things people do is compare themselves to other people. When you focus on health as your number one priority, a healthy weight will follow.
So what should I eat?
Food can vary for each person based on food sensitivities. With that being said:
- Focus on real food that is not man made
- Try not to eat anything that comes in a box or a bag
- Eat Lean grass fed meat
- Eat fruit that is low on the glycemic index like berries
- Eat Vegetables that are low in starch (there are certain conditions that require elimination of other types of veggies)
- Eat raw nuts and seeds
- Eat healthy oils such as coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil
Putting it all together
The key to being successful in getting healthy and losing weight is to find out if there are any underlying issues that can be inhibiting your weight loss in addition to eating the right foods for your body. Functional medicine doctors can do thorough and specialized testing to help you figure out what is going on with your body and customize a treatment plan to get you on the right path to a healthy future.
If you are suffering with any health related issues, I am currently accepting new patients. To start the testing process and discover what is driving your health issues and to get on the road to recovery call our office at +1 (866) 498-1958 to schedule your initial consultation. If it is after our normal hours of operation you can click here to leave us a message. Please only leave a message if you would like a call back to schedule a consultation.