There are plenty of diets, exercise programs and supplements that promise weight loss. If there was a “one size fits all” approach that worked for everyone then losing weight would be easy and straightforward. Unfortunately, this is not the case. This is where functional medicine and the help of a functional medicine doctor can help you breakthrough the barriers and lose weight successfully.
Why can’t I lose weight?
There are many possible reasons you can’t lose weight. Below are some of the most common I see in my office:
- Chronic inflammation
- Low thyroid function
- Poor blood sugar control
- Problems with digestion
- Food allergies or food sensitivities
- Slow metabolism due to poor energy production in cells
- Hormone imbalance
- Lack of physical activity
- Overactive adrenal glands
Which diet should I follow to lose weight?
There are many different diets that might help you lose weight, but the problem with a “diet” is that most people can’t follow them for very long. Instead, you want to adopt a new way of eating, a lifestyle change you can sustain and develop a new relationship with food. Otherwise you may lose the weight but it will just come back again once you fall off the diet.
Which exercises should I do to lose weight?
When it comes to exercise, I tell my patients to pick the things they like to do. Some prefer resistance training with weights or machines while others prefer cardio, yoga or walking. I suggest you start with the activities you prefer and can safely perform and develop a consistent habit of doing them. Just so you know, exercise is not always enough; most people need to combine proper foods with exercise. Exercise alone is not enough for most people to reach and maintain their weight loss goals.
Which supplement helps with weight loss?
This has been a hot topic for years. I believe it is because taking a supplement is a lot easier than changing your diet or exercising regularly. This “easy solution” usually does not help many people. There are not any magic supplements that are going to boost your metabolism and melt the pounds away. There are some supplements that can help support energy production and metabolism, but change in diet and exercise are usually needed to get you where you want to go. There are some “supplements” that act as stimulants and may cause you to temporarily eat less, but this is not healthy and not a good solution.
If you have tried different diets and you are exercising and getting your basic nutrients and still not losing weight, then it is time to dig deeper and find out what is preventing weight loss. Maybe you are not eating the right foods for your body or you have chronic inflammation or digestion problems; etc. If you can’t lose weight then something is wrong.
Let’s see if we can’t discover what that is.
My wish for you… health, happiness, and a better quality of life!
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