A Balanced Approach to Weight Management
“Eat less” and “exercise more” are the two classic pieces of advice given to weight sufferers. Feelings of guilt, frustration and despair are inevitable when the weight gain continues despite adherence to such an oversimplified solution…
At The Center for Optimal Health, weight loss is a matter of balance
After years of practicing conventional medicine, it became apparent that using standard protocols, followed by standard therapies meant standard results. No individual’s needs are the same, no one drug therapy will fit all and no single weight loss method works on everyone.
The key to healing and weight loss is individualized nutritional and hormonal balancing. With balance, the body starts to functions in a physiologic state conducive to healing. As the body begins to heal, fat metabolism speeds and food cravings disappear. Better food choices become a way of life.
Cravings are signs of imbalances in the body and brain’s biochemical, hormonal and immune systems. Certain foods can transiently improve biochemical deficiencies, while others may cause further imbalances. For example, high carbohydrate foods, such as, cookies and chips will raise the level of the happy brain chemical serotonin. This is why you feel good immediately after eating carbohydrates.
Food allergies, on the other hand, wreak havoc by causing inappropriate immune responses to certain foods. This immune malfunction has a wide range of manifestations in the body, including: brain fog, fatigue, ADHD, irritable bowl syndrome, depression, autoimmune diseases and obesity.
Fat – an active organ system.
Research has revealed fat to be a dynamic organ system. Fat cells store energy, secrete fat metabolism hormones and unleash destructive inflammatory chemicals. It is these inflammatory chemicals that are associated with the many diseases of obesity. Improving your body’s metabolism of fat can reduce inflammation and can make you feel, and look, better.
Cravings – lack of discipline or natural instinct?
As the sun sets, fatigue sets in and food cravings consume ones’ thoughts. The food in the refrigerator and pantry become an uncontrollable temptation. The initial bites make you feel better, eating even more further eases your discomfort. Then, in the blink of an eye, you have eaten more in one hour than you had consumed the rest of the day! Now, you really feel bad! Feelings of intense guilt and sadness ensue.
Next thing you know, your doctor is placing you on anti-depressants, you have signed a lifetime membership at a gym you’ll rarely go to, and you’ve bought the latest fad diet book. What is the cause for this viscous, predictable, phenomenon? Is it a lack of discipline… or could it be a product of instinctual urges?
More weight, more drugs — more drugs, more weight
Medications alter the body’s physiology. Alterations that change biochemical balance. These imbalances frequently cause slowed metabolism, increased food cravings and dulling of senses. Inabilities to sense ones needs combined by increased cravings, topped off by metabolic dysfunction is the perfect formula for chronic progressive weight gain.
Preparation and balance – The keys to success!
Before diving into another weight loss program, ask yourself this question: Is my body prepared for weight loss? If the answer is no, and you proceed, expect intense cravings, slow weight loss and the inevitable post diet weight gain. If, on the other hand, you spend time preparing, replenishing and repairing, you will begin the journey physiologically balanced. With balance, healthy food choices become easier and the body will have the capacity to tackle the complex task of fat metabolism.
Resolve to heal with balance!
A house is only as stable as its foundation and the same goes for your physiology. Establishing an optimal framework of physiologic balance is the key to sustained weight loss and a lifetime of healthy living. So, this time, resolve to heal rather than deprive.
Written by Dr. David Pawsat and the staff of The Center for Optimal Health
February 18, 2015
Brain serotonin, carbohydrate-craving, obesity and depression, RJ Wurtman and JJ Wurtman, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Clinical Research Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8697046
Harvard Medical School, Abdominal fat and what to do about it, September 1, 2005.
Identification of Novel Human Adipocyte Secreted Proteins by Using SGBS Cells, Journal of Proteome Research, August 3, 2010.
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