It’s the time of year when New Year's resolutions start to slip… Especially those related to weight loss. Maybe you have stopped getting up early to workout or allowed sugar to slowly creep back into your diet. Or maybe you have been doing all the right things and still haven’t noticed any difference in the way your clothes fit. Frustrations can add up and make you feel like giving up. I am here to tell you there is a different way to approach getting in shape … NutriChem’s Holistic Weight Loss Program!
It’s a method of sustainable weight loss that takes all bodily systems into account. This includes, but is not limited to: hormonal levels, blood sugar balance, and systemic inflammation. Holistic weight loss doesn’t focus exclusively on calories. It also takes into account exercise, cravings, motivation, and anything else that may be standing in the way of achieving your optimal weight and wellbeing!
Many of our patients exercise and eat a low calorie diet but have weight loss resistance. This is because weight loss is about SO much more than calories in and calories out. For instance, research shows that high inflammation levels contribute to weight gain and weight loss resistance. Inflammation leads to an increase in insulin levels which, in turn, contributes to increased fat accumulation. Additionally, inflammation can negatively impact leptin, the hormone that tells the brain when to eat and when to stop eating. As you can imagine, this imbalance is also another possible contributor to weight gain.
For example, in order to put themselves in a calorie deficit, many people starve themselves of fat and protein all day, only to binge on unhealthy foods in the evening. This sabotages weight loss efforts and can make you feel like giving up. Instead, a moderate amount of protein and fat eaten throughout the day increases satiation, improves energy levels (so you will ACTUALLY feel like being active), and prevent you from giving in to unhealthy cravings.
If you have tried to get in shape before, and struggled with staying compliant or making any real change, NutriChem’s Holistic Weight Loss program is for you. Dr. Sarah Brill-Morgan and Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Julia Davie, combine their expertise to create lasting weight loss. This unique program combines biomedical testing, detailed patient intake, supplement, diet, supplement and lifestyle recommendations, meal planning, and follow up support.
Thyroid: TSH, T3, T4
Blood sugar: FBS, HbA1c, (insulin)
Hormones: Progesterone, estradiol or Testosterone, Estradiol for males
Stress: Am cortisol
Deficiencies: B12, Ferritin
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