8 key factors for successful weight loss that CANNOT be ignored

It is well established that weight management consists of a balance between calories spent during exercise and calories eaten from food.  Increasing your exercise levels while decreasing your food intake will shift the scale in your favour, leading to weight loss.

But exercise and decreasing food intake will only get you so far in the battle to lose weight.  Weight loss is influenced by a comprehensive list of factors and each person’s weight loss challenge is unique.

The following 8 factors CANNOT be ignored because they are essential to SUCCESSFUL weight loss and maintenance:

1. Essential nutrient intake: Decreasing the amount of food you eat will only get you so far if you do not address your diet’s nutrient composition.  Calories from processed foods are considered ‘empty calories’ because these foods provide calories yet are severely lacking in nutrients.  Therefore, your body will never feel full and you will be hungry soon after.  Changing your diet to include more nutrient-rich foods is necessary to prevent overeating.

2. Digestive tract function: Once you start eating nutrient-rich foods, a healthy digestive tract is necessary to optimize absorption of these nutrients.  Having low stomach acid, inadequate digestive enzymes and an imbalance of bacteria in the digestive tract lead to decreased absorption rates leaving you still feeling hungry for more. Nutritional and herbal supplements are effective at restoring optimal digestive tract function.

3. Food sensitivities: Sub-optimal digestive tract function will lead to the absorption of inadequately broken down food particles.  These particles travel through your bloodstream where they meet with immune cells. The immune cells do not recognize these foreign articles and react to them by making immunoglobulins that deposit in tissues causing a variety of symptoms including further weight gain, water retention, inflammation, acne/skin rashes, bloating, gas, constipation and diarrhoea.

4. Blood sugar management: Every time you eat your blood sugar levels rise and your body releases insulin to help use the sugar for fuel.  If you have poor blood sugar and insulin control (any form of diabetes) the extreme fluctuations in these hormone levels lead to increased cravings and storage of calories in the body.

5. Cortisol management: Cortisol is the primary hormone released from your adrenal glands in response to stress.  Stress can be caused by anything such as work, family, positive or negative life changes (eg. marriage or divorce), physical trauma/injuries, lack of sleep,  poor nutrition habits or a pre-existing health condition.  Chronic stress and high cortisol levels are correlated with weight gain.  Therefore, stress management is a key component of any weight loss program.

6. Other hormone levels: An imbalance of other hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and most importantly thyroid hormones can negatively influence metabolism and slow it down.  Therefore, any health condition (eg. hypothyroidism, polycystic ovarian syndrome, etc.) where these hormones are affected can be a barrier to weight loss and needs to be addressed before the weight will be lost.

7. Mental and emotional health: Anxiety, depression, grief, and trauma are common
issues leading to ‘emotional eating.’  In these cases, ‘emotional eating’ is a symptom of an underlying emotional issue.  Emotional eating will continue until the emotional cause is addressed and healed.

8. Prescription medications: Certain medications can affect metabolism and lead to weight gain.  Some examples include anti-depressants, the birth control pill, hormone replacement therapy and anti-inflammatory drugs.  Treating the reason you are taking these drugs may allow you to reduce or eliminate their use, thus eliminating this barrier to weight loss.

How can you address all of these weight loss factors and still have time for exercise?

Join our ‘Clean Slate’ weight loss program at Totum Life Science!

My education as a naturopathic doctor combined with Sarah Maughan’s education as a holistic nutritionist make us superiorly equipped to provide you with the necessary tools to ensure success in achieving your exercise and weight loss goals.

We invite you to meet with us for a complimentary 15 minute consultation to discuss how the
‘Clean Slate’ Program can specifically benefit you!

***Please Note: I am currently doing a locum at Totum Life Science and as of September 1, 2011 I will be relocating to Ottawa.  If you are interested in the ‘Clean Slate’ weight loss program,  feel free to start now with me, as the program will be carried on after I leave by Totum’s new naturopathic doctor.

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About drellensimonend
Dr. Simone strongly believes that the mind and body are connected to your overall health and wellness. As a primary health care provider, her practice provides ongoing support throughout your healing journey. Her role as your Naturopathic Doctor is to assist you in discovering your needs, support you in personal growth and help you reach your health and wellness goals. With the belief that happiness and balance is possible for everyone, Dr. Simone strives to help her patients live happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. Dr. Simone focuses on family wellness and has special interests in women and children’s health. She has experience with reproductive health, working with women through different phases in their lives; to regulate the menstrual cycle, ease PMS symptoms, optimize fertility, provide support during and after pregnancy, maintain breast health and welcome menopause. Children have also been a primary focus in Dr. Simone’s life in both her professional role as a naturopath and in her volunteer work. She believes that setting healthy habits at a young age can be critical for long-term health and wellness.

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