That is a harsh title, but I decided to use it for this article because I am asked that question by patients almost every day. It is not meant as a judgment from me, but as an acknowledgement of how frustrated many people are about their weight.
As most people would guess, diet and exercise play a huge role in your ability to lose weight, but there are multiple other things also going on that are making it difficult for you to drop the pounds.
In this article, I will discuss 9 commonly ignored reasons that anyone should consider if they are failing in their weight loss attempts.
These include thyroid issues, stress, poor sleep habits, insulin resistance, and many others...
Why can't you lose weight even though you are trying to eat right and exercise?
Why do diets that worked in the past have little or no benefit now?
Your hormones are probably playing a huge role. These include cortisol, thyroid, leptin, insulin, testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone.
Until you get these hormones in balance, it will be almost impossible for you to get to your ideal body weight.
In this article, I will discuss how these hormones lead to weight loss resistance and give you 8 tips to get you back on track...
Research has shown the benefit of using low dose naltrexone for Hashimoto's thyroiditis and other autoimmune conditions.
If you have an autoimmune condition such as Hashimoto's thyroiditis, reducing the inflammation in your body is crucial to help you feel better and lower your antibody levels.
If you don't lower the inflammation, it will be next to impossible to lose weight or feel as good as you can.
Lose dose naltrexone has been shown to substantially lower inflammation. It also helps to raise endorphin levels which makes you feel better overall.
There is also a lot of anecdotal evidence that LDN can help some people lose weight.
In this article, I will discuss LDN and what some of the research is showing about it. I will explain how it can be used to potentially lower antibody levels, help with chronic pain, and maybe even help people with Hashimoto's to lose weight.
Let's get started...
SHBG is short for Sex Hormone Binding Globulin.
This test is rarely ordered, which is unfortunate because it can give you a lot of information about the hormones in your body.
High levels can lead to symptoms of excess estrogen, excess thyroid, and low testosterone.
Low levels can lead to symptoms of low thyroid, low estrogen, and excess testosterone.
In this article, I will discuss how to interpret your SHBG test results, and list some common causes of elevated levels and low levels.
I will show how SHBG can be used to monitor your thyroid function if you are on thyroid medication.
I will also discuss some things that you can do to help you get your SHBG level back into the optimal range whether it is high or low...
If you have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), you know how hard it is to treat.
You were probably told to "lose weight." Easier said than done. You were probably also told to cut back on your sweets and carbs.
You may have even been prescribed metformin, which is a medication for diabetes. Or perhaps a birth control pill or an antidepressant.
Like most health problems, if you truly want to have success at reducing or eliminating your PCOS symptoms, you must get to the root causes instead of just treating symptoms.
In this article I will discuss PCOS, what causes it, common symptoms associated with it, how to diagnose it, and several natural treatments that can help you manage it.
Here we go...
Selenium is crucial for normal thyroid function.
In fact, if you have undiagnosed selenium deficiency, it could be making your thyroid function worse.
If you have chronic digestive issues, there is a good chance that you have inadequate selenium levels.
Selenium is especially important if you have an autoimmune thyroid disease such as Hashimoto's or Grave's Disease.
In this article, I will discuss selenium deficiency and the thyroid, how to know if you are selenium deficient, give you some great food sources of selenium, and discuss how and when you should consider using a supplement.
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Have you been diagnosed with insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, or even diabetes?
Even if you haven't been diagnosed with insulin resistance, there is a good chance that you have it and don't even know it.
Insulin resistance is primarily a dietary disease - what you have been eating has played a major role in causing you to have this condition.
The good news is that by changing what you eat and how you live, you can make major strides in reversing this condition.
In this article I'm going to discuss a comprehensive approach on how to treat insulin resistance.
This will include a proper diet, activity level, supplements, medications, and much more...
Do you struggle with stomach issues like gas, bloating, abdominal cramps, diarrhea and/or constipation, or nausea?
Does it seem like you have a lot of sensitivities to food that you haven't always had?
Do you struggle with chronic skin rashes, fatigue, asthma, and other symptoms for which you have never gotten relief?
If so, there is a good possibility that you are suffering from small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, also called SIBO.
In this article I will discuss SIBO - what it is, what causes it, and how to diagnose it.
I will also give you a 6 Step SIBO Natural Treatment Guide that will help you resolve the problems and improve your quality of life.
Here we go...
Hashimoto's thyroiditis is the most common autoimmune disorder.
If you have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, there is a high likelihood that you have Hashimoto's and don't even know it.
It's important to be tested for Hashimoto's if you have symptoms of low or high thyroid or both!
If you have an autoimmune disorder, you should also be tested for Hashimotos.
In this article, I will discuss the common symptoms associated with Hashimoto's thyroiditis - in the early stages, middle stages and late stages - and how to make the diagnosis by showing you what tests you will need to request from your doctor.
I discuss the best natural treatments for Hashimotos in this article.
Here we go...
Reverse T3 dominance could be the reason why you still have hypothyroid symptoms even though you are taking thyroid medication.
Or why you struggle to lose weight even when your thyroid labs are "normal."
Never heard of reverse T3 dominance? Most people haven't, including most doctors.
High levels of reverse T3 could be slowing down your metabolism, reducing thyroid function at the cellular level, and causing multiple symptoms of hypothyroidism.
The purpose of this article is to inform you about reverse T3 - its purpose in the body, what causes it to get elevated, how to test for it, and how to reduce it back to optimal levels.
Let's get started...