Weight Management in Roswell, GA | Krieger Health Solutions
Do you know the number one New Year’s resolution? The title of this page probably clued you in – to lose weight. What is the number one thing that people start and do not finish? Right again – a diet.
Sometimes a person is overweight simply due simply to poor eating habits. A person who grows up in a home where soda is consumed instead of water or the amount of sugary desserts eaten far outnumber the amount of vegetables is probably going to be overweight by the time they reach adulthood. But why do so many adults who recognize the error of their childhood eating habits have such a hard time losing weight with diet and exercise?
What about the person who has gained weight as an adult and cannot lose it or continues to put on more weight despite diet and exercise?
Trying to shed excess weight that has become chronic with calorie counting, severe caloric restriction or tedious, plodding hours on a treadmill is usually non-productive. This is why most people do not finish what they start. They starve, they exercise and, after some mild to moderate progress, they plateau and see very little additional change or none at all.
More than Meets the Eye
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In our office we understand that often the reason a person is having trouble losing weight is not simply a lack of willpower. Excess weight is often the symptom of some other chronic problem that is causing inflammation and metabolic dysfunction. This is why simple calorie counting or meal planning alone or combined with repetitive aerobic exercise are usually non-productive.
It is our goal to help you achieve your desired physical status through metabolic and nutritional correction, not starvation or overly restrictive diets.When you come to our office we will investigate the nature of your body’s dysfunction with in-office procedures that evaluate your metabolic function along with blood work, hormone panels and digestive analyses if necessary, as well as a neurological evaluation. We will then sit with you, review our findings and give you a recommendation on how we can correct what we have found.
No wonder people quit their diets – If I’m not losing weight, they think, at least let me enjoy myself!
While we do not promote ourselves as a weight loss clinic, our patients have found that correcting their functional and nutritional problems helped them achieve their body weight goals.
Functional Nutrition and Weight Loss
In functional nutrition one of our goals is to help our patients achieve their desired body weight, in part, through looking at the results of their lab work and determining what body system or systems are not functionally optimally.
Probably the most common type of patients dealing with the frustration of being unable to lose weight despite putting in long hours on the treadmill and paying scrupulous attention to serving size, are women past the age of 30, with one or more children. More often than not their inability to lose weight is accompanied by fatigue that may or not be alleviated by aerobic exercise (“I have to work-out, otherwise I have no energy”. Sound familiar?). In addition this fatigue is not dented by eight or nine or more hours of sleep.
Typically these women recognize that something is not right. What happened to their strength and vitality? Why do they gain weight despite all their efforts? They know intuitively that simply passing the 35 or 40 year mark should not be enough to wreak this kind of havoc on their body. Yet they are told that there’s nothing wrong. Their blood work is “normal”.
Since the lab report says there is “nothing wrong” with them metabolically, they are told the problem must be elsewhere. “Put down the fork”, is something I have heard women tell me that they were told when the blood report showed nothing to be wrong. Or since they’re tired all the time and unhappy they must be depressed. So they were handed a prescription for anti-depressants. This scenario is played out thousands of times every day with little or no beneficial results. Why?
Lab results tell us whether or not someone has a disease, not whether or not someone is healthy or functioning optimally. When your blood work falls within the normal lab parameters all that means is that you do not have a diagnosable disease – it does not mean you are healthy.
For example, the thyroid blood marker TSH is considered normal if it falls between .45 and 4.5. If you fall outside of these numbers you are diagnosed with thyroid disease. So if having a TSH level over 4.5 means you have a disease, does that mean that a TSH level of 4.49 is healthy? Of course not, but that’s what the lab report will say. Actually it won’t say that you’re healthy, it will say that you’re “normal”. Unfortunately “normal” is not healthy or optimal. It’s just not a disease.
While it is of course important to know you do not have a disease, simply knowing that does not tell you why you are not functioning optimally. In our office we look for the reasons why your body is not working the way you want it to by analyzing your blood work and comparing it to what is optimal. We use that information, along with other findings, to tell you what might be causing your dysfunction and how we can help you get your health back, and not simply treat your symptoms.