6 Hidden Reasons You Can’t Lose Weight

 

6 Hidden Reasons You Can’t Lose Weight

I wrote my first book, The Hormone Diet, based on my own difficulty with restoring my health and losing weight when I had a hidden case of hypothyroidism. Although I was only 22 when I got diagnosed, my book did not come to fruition until many years later after I had finished my ND doctorate degree and completed eight years of practice. 

At 44 years old, my body changed again and I have struggled over the past three to four three years to get my body back. I experienced increased inflammation, swelling, fatigue, hair loss, inability to lose weight with my past diet, and in fact dramatic weight gain. I could not push my self in the gym, if I did my body would shut down and I would go white and almost faint. I had to reduce my work schedule and change my whole life. My gums would bleed just sitting at my desk (and I knew how bad this was as a sign for my heart health and wellness!). I would come home and go to bed by 6:30 pm and sleep until 8:00am for two years. I had no idea what was going on with me, I just knew I did not feel right. 

I was determined to find the solution for my lack of weight loss and continued weight gain – let alone health issues. In the summer of 2017, I started to research the science of fat loss physiology, ketosis, and as a result I created my new Hormone Diet approach to Ketosis, that started some of my weight loss. 

Then I started to investigate other aspects of my health and I discovered imbalances but did not know the cause. Last July 2018, it finally reared its head –  a hidden dental infection!  A tooth nerve was killed before the bridge was applied two and a half years ago. Because I have a healthy lifestyle – no sugar, take supplements, sleep well, etc… I think I kept the symptoms from full blown exposure until the swelling erupted in my face, when the infection was spreading along the jaw bone, away from the area where the tooth root had disintegrated. It actually destroyed the bone in my lower jaw, and still today, I am working hard on having it fill back in with protein, collagen, working out, and plant based omegas. 

I required emergency dental surgery in July 2018, had to take the strongest anti-biotic possible so I would not become septic and had to take high doses of corticosteroids to reduce the swelling.  My gut health is still recovering now – it was very scary! But finally, I had the reason for all my struggles. 

If you work so hard to lose weight and are not successful, come see me and my team at Clear Medicine. Based on my own personal experiences over the past few years, I have created an approach that always finds the cause. 

It’s not always your fault – just ask me! Of the following six factors, I experienced them all except the lack of muscle.  Guess what – my diet increases muscle – without exercise if you are not yet up to moving. 😊 

Cause #1: Harmful bacterial imbalance in the gut. 

How it impacts metabolism and fat loss:

  • • Think of your microbiome as a big city. The “microbiome metropolis” is filled with different “cities” or bacterial colonies. And strong diversity of your healthy probiotics is needed for optimal health and metabolism. Research has found that people who are overweight and obese have lower microbiome diversity, and may in fact have an overgrowth of harmful bacterial in addition to a deficiency of the good. 

Symptoms it may be an issue for you:

  • Persistent gas, bloating, indigestion, constipation or diarrhea

How to uncover the cause:

  • A simple urine test available only from Dynacare. Another sign – take the soluble fiber test – supplements make your bloating worse. 

Cause #2:  Excess inflammation 

How it impacts metabolism and fat loss:

  • Think of your microbiome as a big city. The “microbiome metropolis” is filled with different “cities” or bacterial colonies. And strong diversity of your healthy probiotics is needed for optimal health and metabolism. Research has found that people who are overweight and obese have lower microbiome diversity, and may in fact have an overgrowth of harmful bacterial in addition to a deficiency of the good. Believe it or not inflammation isn’t just linked to swollen joints – it plays a role in everything from digestive disorders and allergies to autoimmune diseases and abdominal fat. Even more so, the very presence can greatly interfere with your fat loss goals.
  • The last time you suffered through a sinus infection, sprained an ankle or felt the irritating itch of a mosquito bite, you experienced the effects of inflammation first hand. Infections or injuries trigger a chain of events called the inflammatory cascade. The normal, familiar signs of inflammation such as redness, pain, swelling and fever are the first signals that our immune system is being called into combat mode. Behind the scenes, the body strives to maintain a critical balance between the signals that enable and sustain this protective response and the signals that announces the battle has been won. Eventually the inflammatory response stands down, as the body’s powerful, natural anti-inflammatory compounds move in to initiate the healing phase.
  • Chronic activation of our inflammatory response takes a heavy toll on the body and has recently become recognized as the root cause of most diseases associated with aging. Besides a typical inflammatory illness such as arthritis, the list of conditions spurred by inflammation includes cancer, heart disease, obesity, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, autoimmune disease, diabetes, stroke and even wrinkling of our skin.

Symptoms it may be an issue for you:

Inflammation is a health concern for everyone, but particularly for those who suffer from digestive disorders, allergies, autoimmune disease, arthritis, heart disease, asthma, eczema, acne, obesity, abdominal fat, headaches, joint stiffness, depression and sinus disorders.

How to uncover the cause:

Two blood tests for highly sensitive C-Reactive Protein and homocysteine are the simplest and best diagnostic tools currently available to assess inflammation. 

Cause #3: Excess insulin  

How it impacts metabolism and fat loss:

  • Consider this: Imagine eating a healthy carb such as quinoa, lentils or a sweet potato with your lean protein and essential fats. Sounds healthy, right? But what if your body interpreted that carbohydrate as though it were a big bowl of chocolate ice cream? In my clinical practice I have discovered that even low glycemic carbs such as the ones mentioned above can cause a blood-sugar spike and subsequent insulin surge in certain patients—factors that lead to cravings, weight gain and an excessive appetite. In the end, it doesn’t matter whether the carbs you are consuming are “good” or “bad”. When we are sensitive to carbohydrates, our cells do not respond effectively to insulin (a condition called insulin resistance), which causes insulin levels to increase.  This is a double whammy for our waistline since insulin is the only hormone that instructs the body to store energy as fat and it also blocks our ability to effectively burn fat.  But there is another challenge: many people are unaware of they are challenged by their carbohydrate intake. In fact, the vast majority of us have different degrees of sensitivity to carbohydrates or insulin resistance, and we don’t even realize it. 

Symptoms it may be an issue for you:

  • Carbohydrate cravings, sleepiness or mental fogginess after meals, water retention, puffiness, bloating, very large appetite or food obsession, stubborn fat accumulation especially around your middle or love-handles, burning or warming sensation in your feet at night and difficulty losing weight despite a “healthy and balanced” diet.

How to uncover the cause:

  • Request fasting blood insulin test from your doctor. An optimal value is less than 36. I put my patients on a “carb-rehab program” and retest every 4 to 6 weeks to make sure it is improving.

Cause #4: Muscle deficiency

How it impacts metabolism and fat loss:

  • As far as metabolism goes, muscle mass is the “engine” of the calorie-burning machine. As you strength train and increase your muscle mass, you build a bigger, more efficient engine that burns more calories and helps you lose weight. The more toned your muscles, the easier it is to maintain your weight. In fact, the higher your muscle mass, the more calories you’ll burn when you rest. For every pound of muscle you gain, your body uses about 50 extra calories a day.
  • People lose about 10 percent of their muscle by age 50, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. By the time you reach your 60s and 70s, your muscle strength will decrease by about 15 percent per decade — and about 30 percent thereafter. However, older adults who perform adequate strength and resistance training can increase slow this metabolic drop by up to 50%.

Symptoms it may be an issue for you:

  • Signs of a low metabolism like failing to feel hunger on rising, not getting hungry throughout the day, feeling tired, cold hand and feet, sluggish digestion, easily gain 3 to 4 pounds after a weekend of indulgence or even a cheat meal.

How to uncover the cause:

  • You have to measure your muscle mass, usually through medical clinic. I do this with every patient with a medical grade bio-impedance machine – these are much more accurate than hand-held units or the scales you step on.

5. A thyroid imbalance you may not have heard of yet – high amounts of “Reverse T3” 

How it impacts metabolism and fat loss:

  • There are a number of thyroid hormones. The most commonly measured ones are thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), total thyroxine (T4), free T4, total triiodothyronine (T3), and free T3. TSH is released from the pituitary gland in the brain, and it stimulates the thyroid gland to produce Free T4, which then gets converted to the active form of thyroid hormone Free T3 to influence the metabolism of all of your cells.
  • The issue with reverse T3 is that blocks the ability of the active thyroid hormone t3 to bind to receptors to cause a boost in metabolism.

Symptoms it may be an issue for you:

  • All the signs of low thyroid like Inability to lose weight, hair loss, fatigue, sluggish digestion, low mood, poor cognition – foggy brain – yet the standard blood tests for thyroid (TSH, Free T3 and Free T4) are all normal.

How to uncover the cause:

  • A blood test to assess Reverse T3. You want the value to be in the mid to lower range of normal, and definitely not elevated.

Cause #6: Hidden dental infection.  

How it impacts metabolism and fat loss:

  • A hidden dental infection causes increased inflammation systemically, fatigue, increased immune activation and you will also see insulin imbalances arise as a result of the infection. This increases the risk of weight gain, inability to lose weight, diabetes, heart disease and bone loss.

Symptoms it may be an issue for you:

  • Pain in one area of the jaw or tooth that may come and go, swelling in one area of the jaw, bleeding gums, malaise, signs of systemic inflammation and immune imbalance like hands, face, feet swelling, joint pain, and severe fatigue

How to uncover the cause:

  • Blood tests to assess your white blood cells that elevate with infection, inflammatory markers, insulin levels and a trip to your dentist for a digital x-ray.

by Dr. Natasha Turner ND

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