The Hidden Barriers to Weight Loss

By Dr. George Springer

  • Can’t seem to get those extra pounds to leave your waistline no matter how hard you work?
  • Confused about what diet is best for weight loss and optimum health?
  • Struggle with carb and sugar cravings?

Well, you may be surprised to hear: It’s not your fault!

Today’s weight loss programs are designed for the masses. Diet plans, diet books and diet pills are a “one size fits all” approach to weight loss. The problem with this is that no two people have the same physical body and body chemistry.

People work differently and handle stress differently, exercise differently, if at all, eat differently and digest food differently.  And, each person has their own unique set of metabolic barriers to weight loss which can keep them from losing weight and/or keeping it off. 

Identifying the Barriers

If you are someone who struggles to lose weight despite following a weight loss plan, you may want to consider what your personal barriers might be. These could be anything from hormone imbalances to thyroid issues, some of the most common being:

Allergies – Whether it is food or environmental, allergies promote inflammation which can interfere with any weight loss efforts.

Cortisol - Studies have shown that chronically high-levels of cortisol due to chronic stress can make some people fat or even lead to obesityStudies have shown that chronically high-levels of cortisol due to chronic stress can make some people fat or even lead to obesity. Stress has also been shown to directly cause the build-up of belly fatbuild-up of belly fat. In addition, chronic stress increases levels of the hunger hormone, ghrelin. By reducing stress and ghrelin, increased hunger and overeating can be avoided.

Inadequate sleep - Not getting adequate sleep can keep you from losing weight. Studies on sleep deprivation have shown that it can lead to metabolic and endocrine changesStudies on sleep deprivation have shown that it can lead to metabolic and endocrine changes, including decreased insulin sensitivity, increased levels of hunger-promoting ghrelin and decreased levels of hunger-reducing leptin. These metabolic and hormonal changes can lead to over-eating, weight gain and obesity.

Hormonal changes - can not only make it difficult to lose weight, but the changes can also cause weight gain. Many studiesMany studies report that weight gain occurs because of changes that happen around menopause when women generally experience a slowing of their metabolism and struggle to lose weight.

Gut issuesIf you are not digesting your food optimally, it can be hard to balance the nutrients your body needs for proper metabolism.

Thyroid issues – The thyroid gland is responsible for producing hormones that regulate metabolism. When the thyroid becomes underactive, it results in a condition called hypothyroidism or low thyroid, which in many people goes undetected. Weight gain is common and people with low thyroid can have a hard time trying to lose weight.

Breaking Down the Barriers

At LifeWorks Wellness Center we recommend that before you embark on any kind of diet, you are evaluated to determine if you have any hidden metabolic barriers so we can then identify the keys that will unlock these barriers.  This initial evaluation may include a standard blood panel to allow us to evaluate your individual hormonal balance and body chemistry as well as assessing any medical reason(s) that could prevent you from successful weight loss.

Then we can perform applied kinesiology to determine if these barriers are adversely affecting your metabolism and then prescribe natural supplements that will work best to reverse the situation.

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In 1995, Dr. Minkoff's wife became ill and her physicians couldn't find what was wrong. Not accepting their "no hope" conclusion, Dr. Minkoff went on a search to help her which led him out of emergency medicine into complementary and alternative medicine to find the answers. In the process he gained expertise in Biological medicine, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. The answers he found were soon in demand when others learned of his wife’s return to good health. In response to this, he and his wife, Sue Minkoff RN established Lifeworks Wellness Center in 1997 and it quickly became one of the most comprehensive complementary and alternative medicine clinics in the U.S.

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