The Ghost of Resolutions Past

When it comes to weight loss, New Year’s seems to be the favorite starting point on the calendar followed by the slim down before swimsuit season.  Classically our New Year’s Resolution failures in weight loss are attributed to lack of will power.  While extra will power no doubt helps some individuals overcome steep odds, those of us who don’t achieve the first time actually just need more resources and planning to succeed.  Naturopathic medicine is the go-to resource for this endeavor especially when hard work is not yielding results.  If it almost seems that your body is making fat out of nothing but your doctor tells you that all of your labs are normal, it is time to take a closer look.  Stubborn weight is there for a reason, and it probably isn’t just bad habits alone that are adding to your midline.  Sensible dieting, exercise, hydration, and good sleep are the foundation.  If that isn’t working for you perhaps one or more of the following obstacles need to be addressed:

Hidden Blood Sugar Imbalance

Systemic Inflammation

Intestinal Dysbiosis

Food Sensitivities

Nutrient Deficiencies

Adrenal Stress

Subclinical Hypothyroidism

Hormonal Imbalance

Pain

Toxicity

Stagnant Lymph

Neurotransmitter Imbalance Leading To:

Anxiety

Depression

Insomnia

I regularly observe individuals I am working with for other “unrelated” problems shed the extra pounds they have been carrying around for years without much effort.  Many of them had even given up hope prior to finding me.  Others come to their first appointment with “weight loss” written at the bottom of a list of five other, more concerning health issues.  Before we have the chance turn our attention specifically to weight loss, the process is already well under-way.  The other complaints, such as abdominal pain, fatigue, cravings, or rashes are clues pointing to the cause of their stubborn weight gain.  This is exactly where fad diets and diet centers fail; the one-size-fits-all approach does not always work because there are so many different potential causes of weight gain.  Even if you have great initial results with fad diet plans it is difficult to maintain weight loss if you haven’t fixed the underlying causes. Next time I will begin examining the issues listed above in more detail.  What is your experience with New Year’s resolutions for weight-loss?

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