Hormone imbalances and weight gain.
The methods for permanent weight loss are simple, but won't work unless the body's hormones are in balance.
Since hormone levels decrease as we age, the older you are, the more likely it is that your hormones may need to be adjusted.
It may not be easy to find a doctor who can balance your hormones successfully, using natural hormones that involve the fewest side effects.
Your best bet is to find a compounding pharmacy that can direct you to a physician who works with bioidentical hormones.
Balancing one's hormones, eliminating certain drugs, and acquiring fundamental knowledge of certain nutritional guidelines set the stage for a successful approach to weight loss and wellness.
How much do you really eat?
Multiply your weight by 15. If you want to maintain that weight, eat no more than that number of calories per day. To lose weight, you need approximately 20% fewer calories than that number, in addition to regular exercise.
Are you still not losing weight no matter how much you diet?
A low calorie diet can actually slow down your metabolism. This means you burn less fat and sabotage your weight loss efforts.
How much exercise are you getting?
It's very unlikely you'll lose weight if you aren't getting in any physical activity. Especially if you are approaching or entering menopause, any activity is better than none. It's usually best to work up to 30 to 60 minutes of activity a day, at increasing levels of intensity.
Does obesity run in your family?
It's possible you're genetically resistant to leptin, a hormone that controls appetite and fat storage. Also possible you have inherited susceptibility to medical conditions that can lead to obesity.
Fat genes are rare. It's more likely that you've created lifestyle habits such as a high fat diet and lack of exercise. This is good news since you can change your habits and not your genes.
Most physicians have been reluctant to look at obesity as a disease and continue to see it as an eating problem.
Doctors have a clear understanding that conditions like hypertension and diabetes are real diseases that cannot be managed using "will power".
They aren't reluctant about helping their patients manage these conditions, even if it means treating them over their entire life span.
However, they feel obesity can be treated with unsophisticated advice and without addressing the underlying cause. If it's not a disease, then why look at the cause?
Lets look at the most traditional methods to weight management to get an understanding of why they don't work.
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