10 Reasons Why You Can't Lose Weight

1.     Not Eating Breakfast – Ironically, I always make sure the kids have a healthy breakfast, but me? I’m too busy to eat in the mornings, which means my metabolism is sluggish throughout the day until lunch and by then I’m famished and overeat throughout the rest of the day to catch up on my calories. Anyone else like this? One solution is to prep your breakfast for the week with healthy options like high protein smoothies, hard boiled eggs, apple slices and nut butter, and paleo friendly bars.

2.     Overeating Healthy Foods.  I love that you’re eating almonds, avocados, fruit, salads, but they all still have calories. Make sure you are eating an actual healthy portion of your healthy snack and not eating the whole bag of trail mix in one setting. See #4. Don’t even get me started on the sneaky hidden sugars in foods. Hidden calories – hidden sugars are everywhere – salad dressings, cereals, peanut butter, granola bars, ketchup, mayo, fruit juices, flavored waters, most sauces and condiments.  All these “hidden’ calories add up in a day and studies have shown that sugar is more damaging to your body than big sugar binges!

3.     Underactive Thyroid (Hypothyroidism) – it controls your metabolism and contributes to most of your biochemistry.  Did you know that 20-30% of people are walking around with undiagnosed thyroid disorders? Maybe that’s why you are cold all the time, can’t lose weight, feel puffy, and bloated. When was the last time you had a full thyroid panel? (that is your TSH, Free T3, Free T4, and Reverse T3 levels).

4.     Portion Sizes – slowly over the past few decades the American serving size has nearly doubled, if not tripled, in comparison to our counterparts in Europe and Latin America.  We are being served larger and larger portions in restaurants and changing our perception of what an actual “normal” size of food should be on your plate. Take a look - https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/wecan/eat-right/distortion.htm

5.     Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes - When you eat a diet high in carbs (bread, pasta, sweets) your body will overproduce insulin to try and keep your blood sugar normalized. Overtime your body becomes resistant to your own insulin, blood sugar goes up, and fat synthesis increases. Many of our patients are screened for insulin resistance which can occur up to a decade before any overt signs of diabetes. Luckily insulin resistance is reversible and treatable.

6.     Hormonal Imbalance – when your hormones are out of whack, it’s harder for you to lose weight and easier for you to gain weight. In premenopausal women, too much estrogen (or estrogen dominance) causes adipose or fat gain, water retention, and bloating, along with a long list of other health issues.  In men, loss of testosterone also leads to weight gain.

7.     Chronic Sleep Deprivation – Let’s face it, when you’re tired your less physically active and more apt to eat high carb foods that give you temporary energy. However recent studies have also shown that chronic sleep deprivation can actually mess up your hormones that help with weight metabolism. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evidence-based-living/201611/the-link-between-sleep-deprivation-and-weight-gain

8.      Stress and Adrenal Imbalance – One of the most common causes of not being able to lose weight is due to our fight-or-flight stress hormone cortisol.  “Over time, high cortisol, when sustained, is linking to high blood pressure, diabetes, increased belly fat, brain changes… depression, insomnia, and poor wound healing. In fact, fat cells in the belly have four times more cortisol receptors compared to fat cells elsewhere, so you just keep reinforcing the muffin top as your cortisol climbs and stays high. It’s not pretty.” http://www.saragottfriedmd.com/cortisol-switcharoo/

9.     Medications – Did you know many medicines are known to have weight gain associated with them? Antidepressants, diabetes medications, antipsychotics, epilepsy drugs, and certain blood pressure medications. If you need to take medications, you have choices that do not cause so much weight gain.

10.  Vitamin Deficiencies – Low levels of vitamin D, B vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and other nutrients cause a slow cellular metabolism.  Unfortunately, most people do not realize that they aren’t getting enough optimal levels of vitamins from their foods.  Most Americans are known to have vitamin deficiencies.

10 Reasons Why You Are Tired

 YOUR THYROID – When was the last time you had a thorough evaluation of your thyroid?  Most people will have a TSH lab test on their annual physical but that is not ENOUGH to determine if you have an underlying thyroid condition. Research has shown that approx. 5-20% of people with underactive thyroid will have a normal TSH, but further lab testing shows that they have an underactive thyroid.  You need a full thyroid panel, thyroid exam, basal body temperatures, and physical exam to fully evaluate the thyroid.

2.     YOUR HORMONES – You don’t have to be menopausal to have a hormone imbalance.  Many people are walking around with low testosterone, low progesterone, high estrogen levels due to poor sleep, life stressors, and a poor-quality diet, all which will disrupt your natural hormone balance and cause fatigue. Checking a random partial hormone panel is not enough.   Hormones need to be checked properly and by someone who is trained in abnormal hormone levels to determine if there is an imbalance.

3.     YOUR DIET – Many people have underlying food sensitivities that they are unaware of and when they inadvertently eat these foods, will get episodes of fatigue that can last up to 3 days as the body is trying to eliminate that problem food.  We do extensive food sensitivity testing to determine what foods you are eating that your body doesn’t like and needs to be eliminated from your diet.

4.     YOUR METABOLISM – Along with thyroid conditions, many people have a slowed metabolism due to other disorders such as insulin resistance, pre-diabetes/diabetes were essentially you are eating too many carbohydrates for your biochemistry and you are having large shifts in your blood sugar that cause fatigue.  If you get really tired after eating, you should be evaluated thoroughly for this.

5.     VITAMIN DEFICIENCIES – Over 80 % of the people I check Vitamin D levels on are low in this critical vitamin.  If you live anywhere outside of Florida or the Bahamas, even eating a diet rich in dairy and going outdoors frequently usually will not give you enough of this critical vitamin.  Low vitamin D causes depression, fatigue, memory loss, and a long list of other disorders. Do you know your vitamin D level?  Also 90% of patients I screen have significant vitamin deficiencies due poor nutrient rich soil and foods in their diet.  Cellular or red blood cell testing is the most accurate testing for vitamins and minerals, unfortunately conventional physician lab tests do not offer this testing.

6.     YOUR GUT – We all walk around with good and bad bacteria and yeast in our gut to help us digest out food.  The problem that can occur that can cause fatigue is when one of these bacteria or yeast get overgrown and can cause significant fatigue. Other things in our gut that can cause fatigue is inflammation. Inflammation can come from food sensitivities/allergies, stress, and infections that can all rob your body’s energy.  We offer detailed comprehensive stool testing to check for these.

7.     YOUR METHYLATION – Some people were born with a genetic inability to process their B vitamins from food correctly, causing significant B vitamin deficiencies, and fatigue.

8.     YOUR ADRENALS – The adrenals are small glands in your body that have a huge control over your stress hormones.  People who have a lot of stress in their life, over time will essentially “burn out” their adrenals, causing them the inability to have appropriate cortisol levels which helps regulate your energy levels in times of stress. 

9.     YOUR SLEEP – What are your sleep habits?  Do you turn off ALL screen time at least an hour before bed time? Is your bedroom dark and cool at night?  Do you avoid sugar and caffeine after 2 pm to allow your body to wind down naturally?   What do you do to relax at night?

10.    YOUR MIND – Do you struggle with anxiety and/or depression?  One of the first symptoms of these disorders is fatigue. Many people daily will struggle with underlying depression and anxiety from a lot of the health issues listed above as well.  There are ways to address and treat your mental health naturally, while trying to find the underlying root cause.