"I hit a breaking point the other day and nearly threw the scale across the bathroom floor," my 36-year-old patient Genie confessed. After nearly a dozen consultations, I knew she wasn't being dramatic. During Genie's journey to heal Hashimoto's thyroiditis, she hit a frustrating weight-loss plateau and subsequently, as she described it, "tried every diet in the world."
As a medical doctor who specializes in gut health, I frequently have patients who hit stubborn plateaus as they work through their gut (or, in Genie's case, thyroid) issues. One day, they're sailing along losing weight; then one morning they get on the scale and…nothing. Maybe they've even gained a pound or two.