“I haven’t lost any weight? What am I doing wrong?”
Weight loss plateaus happen to the best of us. Even if you’ve been doing absolutely everything you’re supposed to, you may still find yourself glaring at the number on the scale and wondering what in the world went wrong. Take a deep breath. The most important thing to do in these situations is to assess your recent health choices and be honest about it.
Equally as important, you should answer the question, “How long have I been on this plateau?” If it has been less than a week, you need to be patient for a bit longer before you freak out, or even worse, give up.
If it has been more than two weeks, then you should carefully consider every aspect of your daily living. For most new patients who come to see me this isn’t the problem, but it’s worth a peak.
-What have you been eating?
-Have you been eating too much or too little? Yep, not eating enough can stop you from losing weight!
-Have you been drinking water?
-Avoiding refined sugars, grains, and processed foods?
-Do you exercise? How often? Can you increase the intensity of your workouts?
-What about your stress and sleep levels? Remember those can affect your weight as much as anything else.
-And finally, do you know what a healthy lifestyle includes?
Assuming you’re doing all of the above correctly, here are some critical things to consider… In the end it’s all about figuring out why YOUR body is not losing.. or better put, what’s causing your weight gain.
Back to the begining…Tell me if this sound familiar? …
You find a great new diet, maybe lose a few pounds, a few weeks later look at food, and gain the weight back.
You rationalize it away thinking, “Well, I’m getting older, it must be my metabolism or my hormones?” So, you blame yourself and resolve to just try harder!
You get the best diet pills, hCG, Fen-Phen, counting points, Keto, Paleo,
intermittent fasting or the Cabbage Soup Diet. Really?
How long can you do this?
And how healthy is it?
The diet industry makes billions, yet Americans are sicker and fatter than ever!
What if I told you it’s likely NOT your fault?
Here’s what I find interesting, people have lost weight and kept it off using any of the above weight loss programs, yet people come to me every day having tried all of them and get no real result.
I mean if it works for one person they should work for everyone, right?
Here’s the problem, and it has nothing to do with your age, metabolism, or your hormones!
Most people I see who struggle to lose weight in spite of a healthy lifestyle their body is simply out of balance internally. This causes their fat storage hormones to become dominant.
You can diet until the cows come home but if your fat storage hormones are dominant no amount of chicken and broccoli is going to help you lose weight.
Believe me I have tried- but more on that later
So What Really Causes Weight Gain?
We can all agree, eating too much of the wrong food will cause weight gain, but the vast majority of people I see are eating pretty well and still can’t lose weight.
There are many factors that can cause your body to be out of balance and in fat storage mode, making weight loss difficult to say the least!
Imbalance in Healthy Gut Bacteria
Sluggish Liver / Thyroid /Adrenals
Stress (either current or from years ago)
If one of these is causing your weight gain, all the diet and exercise in the world will just leave you frustrated and wanting to give up…
Until you get to the root cause of weight gain!
These are a few of the things we screen for to get to the CAUSE, a much different approach than the typical hCG clinic in Phoenix, for example.
Gut Bacteria and Weight Loss Connection
Many of us have an imbalance of bacteria in the gut, which triggers powerful fat-storage hormones.
They also secrete chemicals to cause you to crave what they love – sugar, processed grains, (bread, pasta, tortillas, etc.) when you have this happening it’s difficult if not impossible to have willpower!
As a side note, the average person in this country is said to have five to thirty POUNDS of undigested fecal material sitting in their gut-growing yeast and creating inflammation.
Solution? Cleanse and heal your gut
It’s important to understand the vast majority of thyroid problems are caused by gut issues, including Hashimoto’s low thyroid
The great news is, often these problems can be corrected by custom nutrition plan and herbal supplements.
Environmental Toxins and Weight Loss
The EPA says you likely have 400-800 toxins
stored in your fat cells.
When we “diet” fat comes out leaving concentrated toxins behind. Our body tries to dilute these toxins by – you guessed it – increasing fat storage to protect you! This is called the rebound effect.
This is why the majority of our programs include cleansing toxins from the system, with a side effect being fast, healthy more permanent weight loss.
Stress and Weight Loss
Yes, we virtually all have some stress, but did you know past stress, even from childhood, may be responsible for your weight gain today?
Stress causes a release of cortisol which is a powerful fat-storage hormone
Very often the stressor is long gone yet our body tries to protect us by continuing to store fat.
Thousands of years ago stress was from lack of food or shelter so we stored body fat to protect ourselves from the environment.
Stress today is completely different yet our bodies respond the same way- storing fat!
That’s why it’s critical to deal with this aspect of weight gain.
Cleansing the Liver to Lose Weight
Think of your liver like a giant filter.
Every day it’s busy cleaning your body from environmental toxins like personal care products and cleaning products.
Considering how many toxins have been added to our environment in the last few hundred years to say our livers are sluggish and overwhelmed would be an understatement.
This is what leads to gallbladder issues and fatty liver.
The problem is it’s also your only fat-burning organ.
Cleansing and healing your liver “reignite” the furnace of your metabolism so to speak
No amount of weight loss services will make a difference if you don’t address the cause of the problem.
There are lots of gimmicks out there but there’s no substitute for getting your body healthy, the side effect of which is long-lasting weight loss.
If you’re still unsure what you should and should not be eating, give us a call. We’d love to meet you in our clinic and answer any of your questions. Call 602 866 8100