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Your Questions Answered: Why is it So Hard to Lose Weight?

Have you been asking yourself, "Why is it so hard to lose weight?" and maybe, "What has changed?"

The simple answer is your metabolism has changed. That is why all the old tricks aren't working.

When you gain belly fat, your metabolism changes.

When you have hormonal changes, your metabolism changes.

As you age, your metabolism changes.

That is what Dr. Cederquist and Dr. Caplan call the MD Factor (MD stands for Metabolic Dysfunction). Most doctors know it as Insulin Resistance.

Insulin regulates how we use and store glucose and fat. It is the key to letting glucose into the cells to generate the energy required for day to day cellular function.

What Causes Insulin Resistance? Some Factors Include:

  • Genetics

  • Visceral fat (fat around organs, fat in the abdominal area)

  • PCOS

  • Stress

  • Certain Ethnicities

  • Aging

  • Nutrient Deficiencies (low Mg, Vit.D, B12, increase the risk of IR)

  • Medications (antidepressants, antihistamines, steroids, atypical antipsychotics, BCP’s Beta Blockers, etc)

Insulin Resistance Causes You to Have:

  • Sugar cravings

  • Brain fog

  • Low energy

  • Increased hunger

  • Mood swings

How Do I Know if I Have it?

  • Elevated fasting Blood Sugar

  • Elevated Triglycerides

  • Low HDL

  • Elevated BP 135/85

  • Increase waist circumference (>35” for woman and >40 for men)

The Key to Weight Loss

Understanding the different food groups and how they react with the body as well as how they react when eating them with other food groups.

The combination of the RIGHT foods is the key to weight loss and overcoming Insulin resistance.

Weight Loss Can Be Complicated

It's not just about Insulin resistance or calories in and the calories out.

It’s also about hormone balance, which includes (but is not limited to):

  • Estrogen, progesterone, testosterone

  • Thyroid

  • Cortisol

  • Insulin

  • Leptin

  • Growth Hormone

Other Important Factors to Help with Weight Loss:

  • ​Replacing deficient nutrients,

  • Balancing gut bacteria,

  • Removing toxins that act as obesogens (which are chemicals that make us fat)

  • Identifying food sensitivities

  • Addressing stress and sleep problems

At VitalityMD our Weight Loss Programs address all the causes of weight gain, including insulin resistance. This is why we include strategic medical tests (blood tests) in your program, ensuring your personalized weight loss journey is completely optimized.

Visit us today to learn more or Contact Us to schedule an appointment.

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