Was one of your New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight? You’re not alone, that, along with exercise are the most common goals people have at the start of a new year. And it’s a great goal but….
Most people who lose weight gain it back.
I know that’s a bummer. A review of 29 long-term weight loss studies “found that within two years more than half of all weight lost is gained back. And even worse, at five years, more than 80% of lost weight is regained. “
The study shows that losing weight is easy, keeping it off is the challenge.
Let’s look at some of the reasons why it might be hard to keep the weight off.
- Sugar is in practically every processed food – this causes insulin resistance
- Processed foods make your body want more food
- Endocrine-disrupting chemicals screw up your metabolism
- Working at a desk equals not enough movement
When I talk to my patients the common theme is “I don’t snack, I eat healthy,” or they might think that if they just had the willpower to stop eating that would result in weight loss. The more likely reason the weight doesn’t stay off is due to your metabolism not working right.
Here’s my approach when it comes to weight loss and weight management:
Testing. If you have routine labs run that say everything is “normal,” I’d like to take a second look. I look at the nuances and patterns that clue me into what your metabolism is doing. I also go beyond the routine tests to see if there are other root causes to your metabolism not working.
Assessment. I review your current diet and what might be causing the problem or what’s missing. I also look at other aspects of your life that could be interfering with weight loss like sleep, stress, toxin exposures, or endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
Recommendation. One diet doesn’t fit all. One person may need to do a detox, and another person may need support for adrenal function. I’ll combine all the best tools to address what’s holding you back from a healthy weight.
Sound complicated? That’s why I’m here. Most people can’t figure out the nuances of weight loss alone. We need to look at the whole person and consider everything that’s affecting your metabolism.