You eat healthy, limit your portions, and try to limit inflammatory or unhealthy foods as much as possible. You work out several times a week—sometimes even twice a day—but still, the number on the scale only budges in the upward direction. If it’s really all a matter of "calories in, calories out," then what’s wrong with this picture?
That’s a question I encounter on a regular basis in my practice. Patients come to me frustrated by their inability to lose weight or keep from gaining it, despite their best efforts. I find myself equally frustrated because the guilt, self-loathing, and stress I see in these patients only compounds the problem. But in most cases, their weight gain isn’t about self-control, or what they did or didn’t do, at all. It’s my job to help them become aware of this and be more caring toward themselves.
I didn’t learn about healthy weight control in medical school, and today, most doctors still focus solely on food intake and energy expended. But, having dedicated my practice to finding the root causes of my patients’ conditions and diseases and not just treating the outward symptoms, I’ve learned that there are other physical and emotional factors that help determine our body weight—for better or for worse—eight of them to be exact. The good news is that every single one can be addressed with natural solutions and dietary changes. So ask yourself, and your doctor, whether any of the following could be standing in the way of a lighter, revitalized, and healthier you: