Have you noticed it is becoming increasingly more difficult to lose or maintain a healthy weight, especially as you add more candles to the birthday cake?
Since the ‘50s and ‘60s, obesity rates in the U.S. have grown nearly 30%. Americans are at risk for developing heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic obesity-related illnesses. Because many people choose the route of quick weight loss via fad diets or severe caloric restriction, it has become less popular to seek help from a physician to ensure safe, effective and lasting results.
We have found that patients are most successful in their weight loss journey when they work with a practitioner to:
- Identify the underlying causes of weight gain
- Address nutrition and/ or nutrient deficiencies
- Determine the appropriate diet based on genetics and current health status
- Ensure that an individual does not become toxic or sick during the process of weight loss
After all, what will a calorie-restrictive diet achieve if the real problem is related to a potential hormone imbalance or lack of proper nutrition? The idea is to identify the issue at its source and resolve through naturally safe remedies.
Here are some common underlying causes of weight gain:
- Thyroid deficiency or malfunction – Your thyroid governs your metabolism and plays a vital role in energy production within cells. This means that a decrease in the production of thyroid hormones, or the inability to properly utilize the hormones, can have a significant impact on an individual’s energy levels and weight.
- Toxicity – We are exposed to both Exogenous toxins (present in the outside environment) and endogenous toxins (produced as a result of imbalances in our metabolism) on a daily basis. Our livers are responsible for filtering toxins yet exposure to too many toxins can cause the liver function to become bogged down, putting the body at risk for toxins re-entering the bloodstream (sometimes at a higher potency.) This dangerous scenario can lead to brain toxicity, cognitive dysfunction, fatigue, infertility, hormone imbalance, obesity, and even the development of certain cancers. The backup plan in the body is to create fat stores to house excess toxins. More toxins = more fat. It is pertinent to try and reduce toxic exposure as much as possible and partake in a regular detox regimen to support the liver and its processes.
- Nutrition – Most people attribute weight gain to poor nutrition and expect that eating less unhealthy foods will result in quick and easy weight loss. However, nutrition goes far beyond cutting fast-food from a diet. Our bodies naturally produce several nutrients and antioxidants and are designed to also gather essential nutrients from the various foods we consume. Nutrients such as Magnesium support brain function, Vitamin C supports heart function, Glutathione support liver function and so on. Therefore, in order to obtain and maintain optimal health (and ideal body weight), one must assess their current nutrient levels and work with a practitioner to create a custom nutrition plan to support what may be lacking.
So, are you ready to tackle weight loss at its source and achieve lasting results? If so, we’d love to partner with you. Our physicians are trained to detect and address the underlying causes of weight-related issues. Click here or give us a call today at (281)746-9284 to schedule your initial consultation!