Problems losing weight or keeping it off ? Many patients we see at Brisbane Natural Health for chronic health issues also suffer from excessive weight and its detrimental influences on their physical and psychological wellbeing. Often having been on countless diets only to regain all or more weight resulting in overwhelming frustration and often depression.
There are numerous reasons as to why you may have gained excess body fat, have problems losing weight, or maintaining your weight after dieting, other then lifestyle and eating habits. This article written by our Naturopath Kareen Nagel will be followed by other editorials exploring some of the issues that can influence your body weight and well-being. Naturopathy is based on treating the cause of health issues and not just the symptoms; the same approach applies when addressing weight problems, the cause needs to be found and treated before adequate and life long weight control can be achieved.
Some of the causes for resistant weight loss, regaining weight after dieting or why you may have gained excess body fat in the first place are :
- Insulin Resistance
- Thyroid Gland Dysfunction
- Sex Hormone Imbalances
- Fatty Liver
- Genetic Influences
- Abnormal Appetite Regulation
- Medication Related
Not only can these have an impact on your body composition, but also affect your health and wellbeing, thus treating your weight issues often will also correct any other health issues you may be suffering from at the same time. Our Natural Weight Loss Programs include an assessment of your medical history, dietary habits and pathology testing to find out what may be the cause of your weight problems. A (BIA) Bioimpedance Analysis and Report will be included and used to monitor your progress. BIA via the VLA (Vitality, Longevity and Healthy Ageing Program) is a highly accurate tool for measuring your body fat, muscle mass and cellular fluid levels, it can also provide information in regard to possible inflammation, your cellular health and cellular energy production, ideal body composition, hydration and your biological age.
Moreover it will assist us to set targets based on figures calculated by the computer program. If your weight gain is purely caused by over eating around Christmas or during Holidays then this can usually easily be corrected with a gentle detox/cleansing program and some extra physical activities with the guidance of our Naturopaths, to be completed ideally at least once or twice per year. Beware of quick weight loss programs or detox options from a retail shop or chemist as these generally only make you lose lots of water weight and muscle, which can initiate the commonly experienced cycle of weight loss followed by more weight gain. Our subsequent articles will explore some of the specific health issues mentioned above in detail and how they can influence or affect your body weight.
To make an appointment with a naturopath at Brisbane Natural Health, call us on 07 3367 0337 or click here.