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Richart Chiropractic and Functional Medicine

Overweight

The three body system approach to the inabilty to lose weight and keep it off

Introduction

For many, losing weight and keeping it off is like a search for the Holy Grail. I wish it were easy but for many it is not. Fad diets, yo-yo dieting, too much exercise and calorie deprivation leads to a damaged metabolism which takes time and effort to repair. In many cases there is an emotional component to weight gain that must also be addressed. We use food to celebrate, for comfort and to nourish our bodies. We overeat when we are hungry, angry, lonely or tired. It takes time to identify and correct a busted metabolism and identify the factors that prevent us from losing weight.  Damage caused by toxins in our foods, poor dietary habits, the effects of stress and lifestyle and either a lack of exercise or the wrong types of exercise can contribute to an inability to lose weight. There is an emotional component to weight and that must be addressed as well. Here is how the Kalish Method applies the three body system approach to weight. 

Hormonal

Balancing your hormones that control blood sugar is absolutely essential to losing weight and keeping weight off in a healthy manner. Most weight loss programs that ignore blood sugar control have only temporary benefits. Extreme aerobic exercise must be offset with weight training or cortisol levels will fall leading to exhaustion, neurotransmitter imbalances, hormonal imbalances and deficiencies and other body system issues. 

Digestive

Poor digestion of carbs, fats and proteins can lead to overeating and cravings. Your body requires a basic nutrient load of proteins, carbohydrates, fats and minerals to function properly. Any diet that sacrifices  calories or balance may work in the short term but will cause damage to the body that must be dealt with at some point in the future.

Keto diets may work for some people but if you suffer from GERD or frequent heartburn eating a diet that is high in fats is a sure recipe for disaster.

The inability to digest and absorb nutrients leads to food cravings and overeating. Enzyme and acid deficiciencies and poor gall bladder function are signs of poor digestion and absorption of nutrients.  Using lab testing Dr. Richart will check the for imbalances in the normal gut microbiome, parasites, bacteria and other pathogens.

Two bugs that may have an influence in weight gain and loss are the bacterias Firmicutes and Bacteriodes. Researchers have found that obese people have a higher level of Firmicutes and lean people have higher amounts of Bacteriodes. Reseachers have also found that probiotics can help to change the ratio of these bacteria. A study in  The British Journal of Nutrition found that when obese womenwere given daily probiotic supplements in addition to a calorie restricted diet lost significantly more weight than women who followed the same diet but were given a placebo. Dr. Richart will use lab testing including measuring the Firmicutes/Bacterioides ratio in the treatment of his patients with weight gain.

Yeast overgrowth commonly called Candiadiasis can lead to sugar cravings. Left untreated it may make weight loss difficult. Disuptions in the mucosal immune function will cause yeast overgrowth. Bacterial overgrowth and dysbiosis can lead to sugar cravings and overeating.

Detoxification

People with poor diets generate significant amounts of toxins. Through lab testing Dr. Richart can assess how your body digests and breaks down food, makes energy and removes toxins. Food sensitivities, specific nutrient deficiencies, whole body inflammation and neurotransmitters are but a few things that can make it hard to lose weight.

Toxins that get trapped in the body get reabsorbed and stored as fat. A condition referred to as the hypometabolic state makes it difficult for your body to make energy because of depletion of the mitochondria.

By testing and not guessing Dr. Richart is able to create a plan of treatment that has a better chance for success. This including dietary guidance, activity guidance and stress handling guidance.