Why can’t I lose weight?
Over the past two decades of being a healthcare provider I’ve had the opportunity of working with patients whose primary concern was difficulty losing weight. They would tell me that they were doing everything right, eating a high protein low carb diet, exercising, going to the gym or doing other forms of training, and then I would hear the following statement: “No matter what I do I can’t seem to lose any more weight.” Some were actually gaining weight. Regardless of how they were eating or what they were doing, their body wasn’t letting go of any more fat. The truth of the matter is weight loss is not linear. There are other factors that can halt fat metabolism despite all of the effort people put in to stimulate it. These “barriers” are often overlooked by traditional dietitians and doctors and can play a significant role in fat metabolism as well as overall wellness.
Let’s take a look at some of the barriers that can impede weight loss:
- Food sensitivities: Food sensitivities are not allergies. They occur when the digestive system can’t properly break down food. They’re much more common and difficult to diagnose than food allergies. If you’re eating food that you’re sensitive to, it could lead to bloating, stomach discomfort, fatigue and headaches; so you’re less likely to exercise if you’re not feeling well. The other component is certain foods can trigger your immune system generating an inflammatory response which can lead to weight gain.
- Immune challenges: It’s important to be aware that humans can harbor bacteria, viruses, fungus and parasites which can be opportunists in the intestinal tract. We have good bacteria and various other microbes that when out of balance can trigger the immune system in your gut called GALT, and can create havoc in your body via the gut-brain axis. It’s important to remember that the gut, the immune system, detoxification pathways and hormones are all connected and can impact your metabolism.
- Heavy metals: There are various metals that fit into this category but the most common metal is mercury. Mercury is, in fact, the perfect poison because the vapor is odorless and tasteless. Most people never consider the possibility that they might have been mercury poisoned. Exposure to mercury can come from various sources: dental amalgams, environment, fish, household items, pharmaceuticals, and vaccines. Mercury can also be passed from mother to child (between one-third and two-thirds of a mother’s mercury burden is passed to her offspring via the placenta in the womb and after birth in the breast milk). Heavy metal accumulation in the body is stored in body fat. This is how the body protects our nervous system. The body will resist letting go of the extra fat stores for your own protection leading to weight loss resistance.
- Toxic chemicals: The same principal above applies to toxic chemicals. Here we have our chemically sensitive individuals who can’t be in a room with others wearing perfume or cologne and get sick from car exhaust. Our body won’t let go of our fat stores until properly detoxified.
- Scars: Scar tissue can disrupt the energy flow of the body’s meridians. Wounds and incisions are the primary reason scar tissue develop, tattoos and body piercings are another. Some scars can act as capacitors and harbor the energy flow of acupuncture meridians. Handling “active” scars can help the body promote proper energy flow to various organs of the body and is one of the barriers of healing worth checking.
What can I do to lose weight?
All of the above barriers can be checked with a procedure called Nutrition Response Testing. It’s a safe and effective way of identifying the barriers to healing as well as promoting a sound nutritional constitution. Nutrition Response Testing can help you achieve you optimal wellness goals and can play a direct role in assisting with weight loss resistance as well as other health challenges.