By Alane Stieglitz, ND, CNC
Every day we hear about health problems from people, including their struggles not losing weight. Most patients say the numbers on the scale will not go down even if they are eating healthy. Some have cut calories so much they are starving and still have not dropped those extra pounds they need to for better health.
The reasons many people are not losing weight can be different for everyone! The key is to figure out why your body is struggling to burn fat long-term and keep it off. Your weight loss goal can be met if you know what your body wants you to do for it. A friend and trainer I know always says, “Numbers don’t lie”. I agree! When counting numbers from the food we eat plus blood tests, blood tests always tell the story and the answer.
Here is a list of items we check for when patients ask us why they are not losing weight. Their goal is to get to a healthy weight, increase muscle mass, and have a realistic weight loss strategy that works for them.
*Hypothyroid (thyroid is NOT just about TSH, do not forget T3, Free T4. Free T4 and your thyroid antibodies.
*Adrenal stress – YES, that nasty word “stress” can increase cortisol and thus will be one reason someone is not losing weight
*Excess Hormones or Low hormones – blood tests tell you which hormones are in the blood, but they do NOT tell you which hormones are stuck in the tissues, thus leading to why you are not losing weight. Both low and high hormones have weight gain side effects.
*High leptin – I always say I’m not too fond of this hormone. It has been one of the main reasons people are not losing weight when eating high fat or high carbohydrate diet. BUT I know what to do to improve leptin levels; that part is easy!
*Lack of exercise – yes, we all need to get moving but at our own pace. Some people can go to the gym and run for one full hour, and others can barely make it around the gym machines for 20 minutes. Finding YOUR best exercise routine can help. Once in a while, but not often, we see perfect labs, and the answer is to sweat out the yuck at the gym.
*Toxins – YES, those daily toxins that we breathe into our bodies can contribute to someone not losing weight. Toxins get stuck in fat cells, so the more toxins, the more weight someone may have. Toxins lead to endocrine disruptors and more fat cells.
*Poor diet – sorry, but yes – you are what you eat. We will show you healthier ways to eat and teach you how to enjoy your food. Everyone needs a cheat day; we understand that, but you need to learn WHAT You can cheat on to prevent weight loss.
Nutritionally Yours understands what reasons you are not losing weight. But what works for one person may not work for another. The idea is to get tested and learn more about yourself, so weight loss comes easier. Please don’t’ be scared to try; it is scarier not to try!
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Medical disclaimer: Nutritionally Yours is not a medical clinic. Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor. We have a nutritionist, naturopath and a medical doctor on staff to help you feel your best.