Natural Weight Loss for Overweight and Obesity

When the body is in balance, it simply does not hold on to excess weight. We have success with clients eating more and weighing less by cutting out foods that cause inflammation. You cannot out run your fork. To lose weight it’s 80% nutrition and 20% exercise. It’s not all about will-power! 

In most cases, weight gain or the inability to lose weight is a symptom or clue that something is out of balance in the body. That’s where we come in – to discover the root cause(s) which can be diverse and complex. The first step that must be taken to achieve weight loss or overcome obesity is to recognize and realize that excess weight is a symptom. Success cannot be achieved if we only “fix” the symptom. By embracing functional nutrition principles through approaching symptoms as warning signs of imbalances, we team up with you to identify ways to support your body to win this battle. It is through a natural, functional health approach that health is regained. We call it “natural weight loss”.

Being overweight or obese increases the risk of developing many unhealthy conditions – with the following as the most common:

  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Endometrial and Colon Cancers
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Sleep Apnea

There are 5 major categories of weight gain or the inability to lose weight that may surprise you:

1. Your body is inflamed from specific foods causing an intolerance, sensitivity or allergy.

If your body is reacting to specific foods – even healthy foods that have no obvious reaction – it can cause inflammation in the form of weight gain that is nearly impossible to lose until the food(s) is identified, addressed and eliminated. See “Before and After” success stories and photos of people who tried to lose weight for years and it ended that specific foods were the culprit. We will test this for you.

2. Your gut microbiome is unhealthy and out of balance with Leaky Gut playing a role.

There are proven connections between gut health and weight loss. Recent studies have that found specific gut microbes (or bacteria) are associated with weight gain and the inability to lose weight. Subsequent studies discovered that the microbiome in obese humans differs from the gut bacteria (microbiome) in lean humans. According to their work, the bacteria Phascolarctobacterium was associated with weight loss success, while the bacteria Dialister was associated with failure. They also found that certain bacteria may control appetite and cravings. Consuming pre-biotic and pro-biotic rich foods can help diversify and replenish your good gut bacteria, whereas eating sugary foods, refined carbs and artificial sweeteners can deplete it. Probiotic strains Lactobacillus Gasseri and Lactobacillus Rhamnosus can have weight related benefits. Yet, you cannot out supplement an unhealthy diet. Since each client is unique, we will initially test your gut.

3. Your body is in a stress-induced fat storing mode.

If your body is in survival mode, it is holding onto its main fuel source, which is fat. This results from either a physical, chemical or emotional stress that is acting in the body. Your body simply tries to preserve its fuel supply (fat) as its way of preparing for more of the same hardship and stress.

4. Your body has it “Too Easy.”

In some cases, “too easy” can be a problem. A way to explain this is by applying what we know about animals to humans. When times are easy many animals take advantage of excess consumption and eating certain foods that promotes fat storage. In addition, they strive to preserve fat and energy, such as by hibernation. Not being active or exercising, along with eating excess calories is similar to animals hibernating. This creates an imbalance in the body that humans were not meant to endure.

5. Your mindset is working against you.

To successfully lose weight and keep it off, your attitude needs to be positive no matter what challenges come your way. A food plan is more than just what you put on your plate or what the scale says. Resilience, gratitude and forgiveness are essential mental and emotional traits for weight loss success. Studies show people’s perceptions affect them physically. So, keep your mindset positive not only for sustainable weight loss, but to yield the best results and a happy life.

Fad Diets Can Affect Gut Health Leading Back to Weight Gain

Individuals who are struggling with excessive weight often to go from diet to diet on to the new exercise fad in a never-ending effort to take control of their weight. The first step to achieve weight loss and overcome obesity is to recognize and acknowledge that excess weight is a symptom of an imbalance – and the weight should never be the main focus.

How We Can Help

Functional nutrition is uniquely positioned to successfully identify and address weight gain and obesity in a healthy, safe, and sustainable manner. Its approach is to identify the underlying health conditions which are leading to weight gain and obesity. Once the true underlying root causes are identified, the specific corrective measures can be implemented and success can be achieved.

Perhaps you are uncertain about how your vitamin and mineral status may be playing a role in affecting your weight management, then simply click here.

If you struggle from being overweight or have been diagnosed with obesity and are looking for a way to overcome this, please contact us or click here to schedule a complimentary phone consultation to see if our program is the right fit for you.

Take The First Step On Your Journey Back To Health

Maybe you have some questions you’d like to ask before you make a decision to become a client. We are happy to answer any questions you may have to see whether or not Fortitude Functional Nutrition is right for you.