If you have difficulty losing weight or sustaining weight loss without understanding why, you may need to rule out a few medical reasons to safely and rewardingly attain your goal. This two-part article will look at a complex web of factors which influence metabolism and may hinder your ability to maintain an ideal body weight.
Check your thyroid. The thyroid hormone acts as the body’s metabolic regulator. In a hypothyroid state, the thyroid gland releases inadequate amounts of thyroid hormone to meet the body’s metabolic demands and the metabolic rate is therefore reduced. One symptom of hypothyroidism is weight gain. A hyperthyroid diagnosis should be based on your TSH levels as well as your T4 and T3 levels. A review of your medical history and a physical exam are important as hyperthyroidism results in many different symptoms throughout the entire body.
Check your adrenals. The purpose of your adrenal glands is to help your body cope with stresses as well as contribute to your health even when you’re not under stress by releasing hormones that are essential to the body. When adrenal function is compromised, every organ and system in your body is profoundly affected. There are changes in your carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism, fluid and electrolyte balance, heart and cardiovascular system. Your visceral fat (belly) can be one sign of adrenal fatigue. A good predictor of adrenal fatigue in men is a waist circumference over 40 inches, and in women, a waist over 35 inches. A cortisol saliva test is the best lab test available for measuring your levels throughout the day because the test can measure the amount of hormone inside the cells where the hormone reactions takes place.
To correct these conditions I suggest taking functional medicine approach with a qualified practitioner to reveal the cause of the disease, allowing you to repair the body first. One step aiding in weight loss is detoxification, which is the process of clearing toxins from the body or neutralizing them as well as clearing excess mucus and congestion.
Assisting in detoxification includes eating balanced meals of mainly local or organic vegetables, lean proteins, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats (alkaline diet). Reducing chronic medication use, quitting smoking and not drinking tap water can also help. The ClearChange System™ is a useful product to detox the liver and kidneys. By reinforcing lifestyle changes including some form of exercise, will help to execute a successful plan. Some of the supplements I suggest are the Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), which are among the most important supplements you can take as they lower inflammation associated with increase body fat.
To improve your digestive effectiveness try digestive aids and probiotics. And take Egcg (the most active component in green tea, MangoPlex™), Vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin), and amino acids to aid in metabolic function. Again, finding out the cause of why you are not losing weight is first, before considering necessary supplements. Working with a practitioner who practices metabolic and functional medicine is essential in finding the underlying cause to help you correct your conditions in order to lose weight.
In Part Two next month, I will address hormones, food allergies and medications.