Eagle County health: Take control of your weight this year
VAIL CO, Colorado
The New Year is upon us. Many people have made their resolutions, but have not started them yet. One of the top resolutions people make is to lose weight. Most people gain from five to seven pounds from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. If they do not lose that weight right away it starts accumulating year after year, and over time the weight becomes harder to lose. Most diets do not focus on obtaining a healthy state of being, which is essential for maintaining an optimal weight. Thus, any one diet will not work for everyone. Once individuals get off their diet, the weight comes back on because they go back to their old eating habits.
As we get older, it becomes harder and harder to loose weight. There are many reasons why a person cannot lose weight. For example, the thyroid may not function optimally. Since the thyroid regulates metabolism, if the thyroid is not functioning, one will not lose weight, regardless of the diet. The adrenals work with the thyroid to control a persons energy and inflammation in the body. If a person does not have the energy to exercise, their adrenals may not be functioning probably.
Menopausal women also tend to have a problem with weight gain. This is due to hormone fluctuations, such as estradiol, progesterone, thyroid, adrenal, DHEA and testosterone. Thus, if a woman is going through menopause, she may want to get her hormones checked.
Insulin resistance and adult onset diabetes also play a role with weight gain; individuals with insulin resistance generally have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and are overweight.
Many individuals also have food allergies that affect weight gain. By identifying food allergies and eliminating these foods, individuals can lose 8 to 10 pounds in two weeks. Other individuals may have celiac disease. When these individuals get off gluten, they lose weight more easily. As you can see, there are many different reasons why a person cannot lose weight. This is why no one diet will fit everyone.
If you really want to get to the bottom of why you keep gaining weight, come to a free presentation given by naturopathic physician Shana McQueen on weight loss on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Riverwalk Natural Health Clinic. Call 970-926-7606 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet the Riverwalk Natural Health Clinic practitioners at an open house from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Deborah Wiancek is a naturopathic physician specializing in natural medicine at the Riverwalk Natural Health Clinic in Edwards. She can be reached at 970-926-7606, Wiancek@healthref.com or http://www.healthref.com. Follow us on our blog for the latest research in natural medicine http://riverwalknaturalhealth.blogspot.com.
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