We can all agree there’s nothing more frustrating than sticking to your diet and watching the pounds melt away, only to gain it all back as soon as the diet finishes. If you’re super unlucky, you can end up with even more pounds than when you started!
For years, I have been telling clients that diets don’t work. But why? The truth is, weight loss is not a cookie-cutter journey. It’s highly individualized. What works for one woman might not work for another.
The most common trouble area for ladies is belly fat. Quite often, it starts by noticing a few extra pounds appear out of nowhere when we try on our favorite pair of jeans. It’s even more frustrating if you made changes to your diet, or you’ve turned your workout routine up a notch, but you’re still stuck with stubborn belly fat.
Take it from me; the perfect weight loss solution is a blend of five key elements: your gut health, calories, detox, hormones, and stress-reduction, I call it the “Fab Five Optimal Weight Loss” plan. We’ll cover each component today so you can win the battle of the bulge!
At Total Health & Wellness, establishing good gut health is essential to a successful weight loss routine. At our office, we like to start each weight loss journey with a food allergy test. Food allergies are an incredibly common issue for women. You’d be surprised how sensitive you may be to several foods you know and love. Unfortunately, you may need to “remove” them from your diet, if you want the scale to budge. We’ll also “repopulate” the gut lining with probiotic supplements, so you have a healthy happy gut. Remove and Repopulate is part of a 4R program for gut health.
I had one client who was convinced she couldn’t lose weight. Naturally, we started with a test from Genova Diagnostics and found she had an underlying gluten sensitivity. The next step was purging everything with gluten from her diet. It didn’t take long for her to start losing weight and feeling better. We had made tons of progress before we hit a bit of a roadblock on her road to success.
She had taken the kids to the movies one evening and decided to munch on some popcorn. Immediately she felt her face begin to “swell-up.” It turned out the theatre had gluten in the butter they used for their popcorn, which set off a chain reaction that landed her in the urgent care. Luckily, she was feeling herself again after getting an epi-shot.
In the past, when she was ingesting gluten regularly, it created inflammation in her body, which manifested as extra weight around the midsection. However, after avoiding gluten, the trace amounts within the popcorn were enough to trigger an immediate allergic reaction.
Cut the Calories
The basic formula for shedding pounds is to eat fewer calories than you burn in a day; however, if you’ve ever tried to cut calories, you know that’s a lot easier said than done. Fortunately, there are tons of ways to help curb your appetite.
One of my favorite is HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), a daily injection that helps tons of women lose weight and trim belly fat and curb your appetite. Some weight loss supplements and programs work by shedding water weight or muscle mass, but HCG is different. It sets the metabolism into hyperdrive so that you shed excess for long-lasting results.
Eating less can make some of us a little cranky or “hangry.” Luckily, HCG also decreases any irritability along with those pesky cravings that make it so hard to stick to a calorie-restricted diet. You’ll feel better and more energized to tackle whatever the day throws at you.
I haven’t told you the best news. With HCG, once you lose the weight, it’s gone for good! You won’t gain the weight back, even when you return to eating a normal amount of calories each day, as long as you keep eating healthy nutritious foods.
Every woman is different. Together, we’ll figure out which combination of supplements, diet, and exercise work for you. Typically, we schedule HCG in 6 – 8 week intervals. There are other appetite suppressants like phentermine that also work well. However, I like to pair phentermine with Topamax so that it’s super effective without the side effects commonly associated with stimulants.
At Total Health & Wellness, we specialize in long term solutions. While specific methods like phentermine and Topamax are potent, I consider them more as quick-fixes than long-lasting options. Like if you want to slim down and look amazing in a dress for an event that’s right around the corner. Calorie cutting takes a huge commitment. Depending on your short and long term goals, we’ll figure out the best path to helping you achieve them.
Lipotropic (Lip-B) injections are a combination of three potent amino acids: choline, methionine, and inositol that are essential for detoxing and weight loss. The amino acids support the liver, the organ responsible for filtering the bloodstream, supporting a healthy metabolism, and keeping the weight off. With Lip-B, both your liver and your gallbladder can melt stubborn fat deposits, boost your metabolism and your energy.
As we get older, our hormone production slowly decreases and causes inflammation to rise. Many women don’t even realize how detrimental inflammation is to our weight loss journeys. The right balance of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, thyroid hormone, and cortisol could kick-start fat loss and build lean sexy muscles.
Are you stuck on a never-ending sugar merry-go-round? The secret to losing weight and keeping it off is to get the root of your sugar cravings.
Often, the source of your sugar addiction is tied to your cortisol levels. Cortisol is the stress hormone. When we become too stressed, or our blood sugar levels drop, our bodies respond by churning out more cortisol. Think of the rise in cortisol as our natural defense mechanism. It’s our bodies way of helping us fight off outside stressors and suppress inflammation, typically called the “fight or flight” response.
While excess cortisol is excellent during an emergency, it can wreak havoc on our weight loss goals in the long run. The more cortisol circulating in the blood, the higher our blood sugar levels rise and signal the body to store more belly fat. We now offer IV vitamins to accelerate your weightloss. IV vitamins help to speed up mebatoblism, provides lipotropic ( fat burning ) substances and support muscle mass.
There’s clearly a huge correlation between stress and weight gain, but destressing can be easier said than done. Just because you lose weight doesn’t necessarily help you destress either. At our office, I like to talk with each client about all the balls they’re juggling on a daily basis. Talking about factors like our work, and relationships can reveal what’s currently stressing us out, so we can find helpful solutions to living healthier, happier lives while losing weight.
You’re Never Alone
Does this sound familiar? You’ve ditched the junk in your diet and upped your workout routine, but you still aren’t seeing results. We’ve all been there.
If you’re sick of yo-yo dieting, then why not try something else this summer. At our office, we work with women just like you every day, take back control of their weight loss journey and their lives. I can create a holistic, personalized health and wellness program that doesn’t use fad diets and gimmicks. Consider me your coach, nutritionist, counselor, and whatever you may need to transform yourself into a stronger and healthier woman in just a few weeks.
Start by scheduling your in-office visit or your TeleHealth visit, today.