Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is not only about looking good – although that’s certainly a great bonus! The real benefits come from minimising the risk of developing chronic conditions such as arthritis, depression, diabetes and heart disease, which are all associated with an increased percentage of body fat.
If you have already tried a number of different weight loss strategies in the past without significant results, then you’re not alone. Fad diets not only give varying results, but can also often lead to rebound weight gain by increasing feelings of hunger and by slowing down your metabolism. But with so many products and weight loss systems in the market place how do you decide what is right for you?
Unlike these quick fix diets, at Natural Health and Nutrition I focus on healthy weight management and long-term health through lifestyle and nutrition. Ongoing monitoring and guidance through regular follow-ups along with email support will ensure you get the best results possible and keep the weight off for good.
Are you already eating well and exercising, but still can’t lose weight?
In order to lose weight most people generally think a change in diet and exercise is all that is required. Obviously diet and exercise are very important, but other factors can slow down weight loss even if you are doing all the ‘right’ things in terms of diet and exercise. For example, hormonal imbalances can have a powerful affect on your ability to lose weight.
The top three roadblocks to weight loss that I see in my clinic (separate to diet and exercise) are due to thyroid dysfunction, a relative oestrogen excess, and high cortisol levels due to stress.
When your thyroid is under-functioning, your body’s metabolism slows down and weight loss becomes very difficult. If your thyroid is not producing enough thyroid hormone, you may experience symptoms such as tiredness, fatigue and weight gain.
In women, oestrogen is another hormone that can fuel weight gain, particularly around the hips. If you suffer from premenstrual symptoms or menopausal problems, your oestrogen levels may be out of balance, which could be affecting your weight loss efforts.
When you are under stress, levels of the stress hormone cortisol increase. This in turn increases your appetite, more fat is stored around the waist, and your metabolic rate decreases so you don’t burn calories as effectively.
If you think hormones may be a contributing factor in preventing you from losing weight, I highly recommend that you book an appointment at the Natural Health and Nutrition clinic for a formal assessment.
By working together, I can assess your individual hormone status and create a more detailed program that will help to eliminate the role of hormonal imbalances as an obstacle to you achieving your weight loss goals.
You don’t have to struggle with your weight!!
Obesity’s health consequences include serious chronic health conditions that reduce the overall quality of life. – World Health Organisation