Weight Management – Weight Loss Plans
Do you suffer from Fatigue, Digestive Issues, or Brain Fog?
Do you experience Headaches, Allergies, Joint or Muscle Pain?
Excess weight can be associated with a number of symptoms that affect your daily life. When the root cause of your weight gain is determined, these issues can be reduced or eliminated. Our goal is to help you shed those excess pounds and begin feeling better.
Why Is Losing Weight Challenging?
Weight loss can be a stubborn challenge for most people. Weight gain is often a result of poor diet, portion control or insufficient exercise. However, we cannot just exercise our way out of a poor diet. Weight gain can also be due to some underlying medical condition such as:
Stress can cause the body to make too much cortisol, which can make you store fat around your midsection. Excess weight in your core can increase your risk of health problems.
Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone helps the body burn stored fat and speeds up your metabolism.
Your hormones are controlled by a number of organs in the body, including your reproductive organs, your thyroid gland, your pituitary gland and your adrenal glands. When any of these organs do not function properly, a hormone imbalance can occur and lead to weight gain or difficulty losing weight.
Malabsorption of nutrients
When you are unable to absorb nutrients from your food, your body may crave foods to help make up for a nutrient deficiency. Oftentimes, it will be a carbohydrate craving and you may always feel hungry.
Cushing’s syndrome occurs when the adrenal glands make too much cortisol. With Cushing’s syndrome, you do not need to be under a lot of stress to have high cortisol levels. With this medical condition, fat is stored in the upper back, upper abdomen and face.
Polycystic ovary syndrome
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormone imbalance that causes weight gain, thinning hair, irregular periods, excess facial hair, acne and difficulty getting pregnant.
Insulin resistance is when the body does not properly use insulin. This can lead to higher glucose levels and even type II diabetes.
Many hormones are secreted during sleep. Staying up late can cause a hormone imbalance. Additionally, when you are tired, you tend to eat more. On average, staying up late can cause you to eat an average of 500 extra calories.
Weight Management – The Functional Medicine Approach
From a Functional Medicine perspective, we need to find the cause of weight gain. Some common reasons include:
- Dietary patterns
- Insufficient exercise
- Increased and continuous stress
- Lack of adequate sleep
- Hormone imbalances
- Sugar control
- Nutrient absorption
Our team of professionals will do a complete medical history, laboratory tests and a complete physical exam to see if there are any underlying medical conditions preventing you from losing weight. We will check for nutritional deficiencies, discuss your diet and lifestyle choices, issues that may be causing stress and any sleep issues you may be having. Additionally, metabolic testing will be done to help determine what changes are needed for weight loss.
If it is determined that you have a hormone imbalance, our integrative physician can help rebalance your hormones using bioidentical hormones and medically-approved detoxification processes. Once your hormones are rebalanced, you will begin your journey to weight loss.
Ready to Loose Some Weight?
At Rose Wellness Center, we are dedicated to helping you lead a fulfilling lifestyle. Our board-certified nutritionist, Elizabeth McMillan, MS, CNS, will create an individualized weight loss plan to ensure you are getting the nutrition your body needs for optimal health while losing weight. Simple lifestyle changes, including exercises (http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048389) and stress relief techniques, will be discussed to help bring your body into optimal working condition.
We encourage a 3 month commitment to ensure your weight loss success. During your follow-up appointment, body measurements and weekly weigh-ins will be done to ensure that you are on the right track to a healthy weight.
Call our office at (571)529-6699 and ask about our Weight Loss Packages and get started on your journey to optimal health and wellness. For a limited time, 15% Off Weight Loss Packages.
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