Inability to lose weight
I have been on a weight loss and exercise program for approximately 6 weeks. I have followed the program, and have not cheated. I walk every day. Yet, I have not lost any weight. Could there be a medical reason for my inability to lose weight? Thanks
First of all, I understand your frustration. I have
had many frustrated people come to office after being disappointed about the
results of weight loss program, even when the followed it to the
"T". The reason is that for most people weight loss is not always
as simple as eating and exercising. There are many different issues to
consider. The type of exercise is one factor that can be very
important. Most people focus 90% of their energy on cardiovascular
exercise such as the treadmill or elliptical machine when in reality it is
muscle building through strength training that really helps to build metabolism
and thus foster more weight loss. Even just trying to balance strength training
and cardio 50/50 would be a major improvement than just focusing on cardio
alone. When getting back into a strength training program, make sure to
go slow because improper use of weights can lead to injury.
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Another very important issue relates to hormones. The main players in
this arena are the sex hormones estrogen, progesterone and testosterone and
thyroid hormone. If any of these are significantly out of balance, your
weight loss dreams will be very difficult. For women, the time
approaching menopause can create a significant challenge because hormone levels
are changing significantly. It is also around this time that many women
can experience abnormalities in thyroid function.
It is best to find a doctor who can effectively evaluate hormone levels through
blood and saliva tests. Often times both are needed to detect the slight
variations that can affect metabolism and weight loss.
When it comes to thyroid, many people suffer from what is called sub-clinical
hypothyroidism. Basically this means that standard blood tests show no major
abnormalities and most likely your doctor has told you your thyroid levels are
normal. However there are more detailed tests and approaches to
evaluation that can reveal the abnormalities that are causing weight loss challenges
but are not severe enough to qualify you for a diagnosis of
hypothyroidism. For further information about what tests to ask for and
more on sub-clinical hypothyroidism read my other blog entry by following this
Cortisol is your body's major stress hormone and can contribute to issues
related to weight loss and weight gain. Increased levels due to chronic
stress can trigger excess weight to be distributed particularly around the
midsection. If chronic stress is prolonged cortisol output can begin to
falter which can lead to a reduction in metabolism. Again, getting blood
and saliva evaluation is necessary to pick up these subtle hormonal imbalances
that can so strongly affect weight loss goals.
Some of these issues might represent a medical reason why you are having trouble
shedding those extra pounds. Make sure to follow up with an appropriate
doctor to get the type of evaluation necessary to identify these or other
medical issues preventing you from losing weight.
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As a certified and fully trained Naturopathic Doctor, Passero has trained and preceptored with some of the nation's leading doctors in the field of natural medicine, working under the guidance of MD’s, Chiropractors, Naturopaths and Acupuncturists. Furthermore, he is currently the Vice President of the Maryland Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
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