Do you eat well and exercise regularly but still can’t lose weight?
For some people, no amount of dieting or regular exercise makes any difference when they jump on the scales. This can be very frustrating and upsetting. When this is the case, it is important to look beyond the standard “kilojoule in / kilojoule out” equation in order to uncover the reasons underlying an inability to lose weight. Don’t be afraid to seek professional help if you are struggling to lose weight. A good Naturopath can help with a wholistic approach that is goal orientated and suits the individual.
Factors such as age, gender and family history can play a role in the metabolic process and our responsiveness to diet and exercise. It may also be that the food choices, albeit low in kilojoules may not be appropriate for the individual. Similarly, the type and duration of exercise may also not be best suited for weight loss.
Looking beyond these areas, a Naturopath will also consider the following:
- Hormone imbalance
- Suboptimal thyroid function
- Fluid retention
- Inflammation in the body (example- from food sensitives or poor gut health, skin issues or arthritis ) – which could be contributing to immune activation and weight gain
- Impaired glucose metabolism and insulin function
- Elevated cortisol and an altered tolerance for stress
- Over stimulation of the food reward centre
- Support for organs of elimination (ie gut, liver and kidney)
- A need to reset the body’s weight point
- Elevated cholesterol and hyperlipidaemia
- Gut dysbiosis and an imbalance in the microbiome
- Disturbed sleep and altered satiety hormones
So, if you can relate to any of these points and would like more information, please contact Naturopath Kath McFarlane.
A healthy body composition is not only associated with better health outcomes, it also improves our mood and confidence. So don’t let stubborn weight gain hold you back.Previous Post