If you’d like to shed a few extra pounds, you’re not alone. According to the Center for Disease Control, almost 70% of adult Americans and 30% of children are either obese or overweight. Not just an “extra weight problem,” obesity is a condition directly linked to diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, fatty liver, and cancer. Miracle diets promising overnight weight loss are a multi-billion dollar business in the U.S. – but 85% of people who lose weight by dieting gain everything back within two years. Bariatric surgery can be dangerous and expensive, and can leave the patient with unpleasant post-surgical complications.
I approach weight loss from multiple angles, customizing a program to the individual with the understanding that every body is different. For weight loss to be consistent and permanent, a multifaceted approach is necessary—as is a lifelong commitment to lifestyle change. Although eating less and exercising are two essential components for shedding weight, they may not be enough. Few people realize that other factors may be at play, such as food allergies, insulin resistance, impaired detoxification, stress, dysbiosis, imbalanced hormones, and insomnia. My program is highly effective because it includes a thorough evaluation designed to address contributing factors like these.
Food Allergies and Weight Gain
Recent studies suggest that over 60% of Americans suffer from undetected food allergies. These allergies set off an inflammation reaction, which subsequently alters the hunger response in the satiety center of the brain. Luckily, my office provides patients with innovative procedures that can accurately identify these “culprit” allergies, and once they are omitted, weight loss can be effectively and safely achieved.
The Stress Factor
Stress is another factor that can manifest as insomnia, depression, and anxiety. Individuals who are under stress tend to accumulate abdominal fat that is especially difficult to lose. This is due to increased levels of cortisol, in addition to unhealthy coping habits such as overeating. Studies show that sweet and fatty foods increase the release of dopamine, the neurotransmitter of pleasure, as well as serotonin, the neurotransmitter of tranquility. To tackle this obstacle, I use specific stress-reducing food supplements and techniques.Did you know that appetite and hunger are two different things? While hunger is a physiological response to a true need to eat, appetite is a psychological event sparked by various triggers—stress being one of them. The block of cheese that you devoured like a zombie last week, after a three-course meal, is a good example. To suppress a compulsive urge to eat, I use special psychological tactics and acupuncture.
The last time you went grocery shopping, did you look for the organic label? Eating foods that are not certified as USDA organic can lead to a buildup of toxins in the body. I offer detoxification and chelation therapy to help patients cleanse the liver and kidneys, which further promotes weight loss and boosts energy. Toxins are frequently stored in adipose tissue, and as the patient sheds fat they are released into the bloodstream. That’s why many people feel weak and lethargic while losing weight—but this is all easily managed with a successful detoxification program. For my patients I frequently use the 14-Day Detox Program (or a shorter version) to help support detoxification.
Losing Fat, Saving Muscle
While you’re shedding weight, you want to save muscle and lose fat, and this is achieved by selecting foods with high nutritional value. If you choose to eat only cabbage soup for a week, you risk suffering a vitamin deficiency as well as slowing your metabolism. In some cases I start with an intravenous infusion of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to correct these deficiencies. Stored in muscle tissues, protein is an essential component of a balanced diet that can be quickly lost if not properly replaced; that’s why I often recommend Designs for Health’s protein-rich PurePea formula. I also encourage supplementing any diet with omega 3 fatty acids, soluble fiber, L-carnitine, niacin, and vitamin B6 – nutrients that promote insulin sensitivity and weight loss.
Treating dysbiosis is essential for weight loss. You may say, “I can’t even pronounce that” but in simple terms dysbiosis is the overgrowth of abnormal bacteria, causing inflammation, malabsorption of nutrients, decreased detoxification, hormonal imbalances, and a heightened craving for sweets. Yeast overgrowth is especially known to cause an intense sweet tooth. The metabolic consequences of dysbiosis make losing weight difficult, yet these can be easily corrected.Lastly, you might be surprised to hear that regulating your thyroid and sex hormones may also help you achieve an optimal weight. If that is the case, Bio-identical Hormone Replacement can be very helpful.
Treatments I Use for Weight Loss: