Why can’t I lose weight despite dieting and exercising?

In my practice people often come to me with the problem of stubborn weight loss, despite workouts 5 days per week and a healthy diet. What used to work for them no longer works and frustration is high. The good news is that there is an explanation and it can be corrected. The bad news is that it can be one or many of the following reasons:

  • Chronic stress causes cortisol levels to rise in the body. Cortisol not only tells the body to store fat, but blocks important hormones such as thyroid.
  • Inflammation from food sensitivities, injuries and intestinal overgrowth such as Candida yeast leads to insulin resistance. Insulin resistance increases fat storage.
  • Toxins from medications, chemicals, body care products, pesticides and plastics burden the liver. Without proper nutrients, the liver cannot metabolize them and stores them in fat.
  • Chronic “yo-yo dieting” lowers the body’s metabolism and fat-free diets remove the building blocks to proper hormone balance and ability to burn fat.
  • Toxins such as chlorine and fluoride reside in the thyroid where iodine should reside, causing hypothyroidism.
  • Clients may unknowingly take supplements that are toxic or harmful for their specific body chemistry again causing inflammation and fat storage.
  • Physical activity or the exercise routine may not be proper for the client’s current condition or stage of life, causing adrenal fatigue, high cortisol, low metabolism, injury or fat storage.

Correcting these issues can be as simple as discussing your medical history and lifestyle questionnaire with me. Keep in mind that as a functional medicine practitioner and clinical nutritionist, I will be looking at lab work through a different lens of what is considered a healthy range for meeting your goals. After an initial assessment and lab review, we will meet again to present your personalized plan to sustained weight loss and better health.

How long does it take for changes to happen in my body?

One of the first questions often asked when receiving a nutrition plan is about the timeline of results. This, of course, is dependent on what system we are trying to correct, how chronic the condition has been and the client’s ability to stick to the plan. Here is a general list of some common results:

  • Balancing blood sugar will begin to change immediately. In some cases, we must monitor closely, because medications may need to be weaned as we see glucose readings getting lower.
  • Correcting insulin resistance takes more time as the body generates new healthier cells given the right nutrients and conditions. Lowering cortisol levels and inflammation are an important part of the equation.
  • Weight loss can be drastic in the first week, if inflammation (water retention) was a factor and identified inflammatory triggers are cut.
  • Digestive disorders are dependent on the condition and length of time suffering. Bowel movements, pain, gas and reflux can be corrected within 2-3 days once triggers are identified. Yeast overgrowth takes a minimum of 30 days to correct, but can take months if the immune system is weak or condition has been long-term. Feeling better from intestinal damage such as Crohn’s, celiac disease and diverticulitis can take months or years, although improvement should be felt along the way.
  • Bone and joint issues, such as osteopenia, osteoporosis and arthritis can take 6 months to a year to see results, given the right nutrients. If autoimmunity is a factor, such as rheumatoid arthritis, then the digestive tract (immune system) must be corrected and healed as well (6-8 weeks).

Although many factors decide the timeline of seeing results, the takeaway here is that the body does have the ability to heal itself given optimal therapies. Success is always dependent on the client’s ability to invest in necessary lab testing, proper nutrients and determination.

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