In our clinics we see the highest prevalence of weight loss outside of pain management. Weight loss is a huge industry. There are countless weight loss diets, health coaches, personal trainers, magic pills marketed at the overweight as an instant cure and promising to deliver them to a slender figure in 30 days. Then there are the invasive medical procedures out there that will freeze the fat, place a large rubber band around the stomach (lapband surgery), or even cut part of the stomach off and reroute the intestinal contents to prevent absorption of the food that is eaten (gastric bypass surgery). Everyone wears gym clothes and belongs to a gym, and TV and food manufacturers market foods that are a “healthy choice”. But why are most Americans still overweight?
If you are overweight, 20-50 lbs over your normal weight, tired all the time, think you’re eating well and manage to drag yourself to the gym a few times a week but don’t see any improvements, then you are not alone. In fact, the typical patient we see come into our clinics, complains: “I don’t know what happened, I am 30 lbs overweight, tired all the time, and I think I eat ok, yet I’ve lost control of my life, do you have a magic pill for me to lose weight doctor?”
Most MD’s do not understand nutrition and tell their patients that metabolism is a simple equation of calories in equals calories out, so they either tell the patient to be more active or eat less. This can be very frustrating when the patient isn’t really eating a lot to begin with yet struggles to even lose one or two pounds.
Metabolism and weight loss are actually more complicated than them seem. There are many factors that can affect our metabolism. In our clinics, when you sit down with our physician, he will spend time exploring in detail with the patient their dietary choices, lifestyle habits, and family history. The physician may order blood work when relevant to uncover some metabolic roadblocks to have a normally functioning metabolism.
Here are some of the most common factors that can prevent weight loss and once addressed can kick start the metabolism:
1. Thyroid dysfunction
2. Insulin Resistance
3. Liver detoxification dysfunction
4. Emotional eating
5. Sugar Addiction
7. Hormone dysfunction
9. Dysfunctional microbiome in the gut (use of antibiotics and lack of good bacteria that help digest the foods we eat)
10. Resulting in too much yeast/Candida which can cause intense sugar cravings
12. Food allergies
13. Autoimmune disorders
15. Adrenal Fatigue
We understand nutrition from both a Western and Eastern perspective, so with the help of elimination diets, food journals, and some trial and error, you, the patient and the physician will come up with a diet that fits your constitution, situation and lifestyle that is uniquely your own, because when it comes to diet, one size does not fit all.
With proper lifestyle adjustments, dietary changes and restrictions, perhaps a cleanse if needed, exercise, possibly some supplements that target specific functions or deficiencies in your body along with acupuncture, you can meet your weight loss goals. Once your energy comes back, your appetite and food cravings have normalized, your dietary choices and lifestyle habits are corrected, then you will thrive with energy to exercise and enjoy your life once again. Results vary but the average patient loses around 20 lbs within the first 1-3 months and continues to lose weight as long as they stick with their program.