Chances are you have once again added the words “lose weight” to your list of New Year’s Resolutions. And if the numbers on your scale haven’t changed for the better since last year, you may be asking yourself, “What will make 2015 different when it comes to my weight loss resolution?”
Most likely, the changes you desire won’t come from that new diet program alone, or even from greater willpower. The truth is that until you uncover some of the contributing factors for those stubborn extra pounds, you’ll be forever feeling like your results have fallen short of your resolve. Here’s one important way to jump start any weight loss plan and make this your most healthy and successful year yet:
First up, have your hormones and thyroid evaluated. You are a unique individual, and it is important to recognize this “uniqueness” is true of your body’s hormonal balance as well. Fluctuating hormone levels can affect everything from your metabolism to your mood.
With this in mind, it should be no surprise that hormones also direct how efficiently the body uses the food you eat. This means that hormones determine whether the food eaten is processed to provide necessary energy for your body, or is stored as fat. If you aren’t receiving energy through the metabolism of the foods you eat, you are less likely to want to exercise. Also, since exercise is another important part of revving up your metabolism to burn stored fat, you are even more likely to fail. It’s a vicious cycle that can keep you trapped in hunger and eating foods that get stored instead of converted to energy. This leaves you lethargic and with cravings to eat even more.
Some improvement can nearly always be made through paying attention to the nutritional content of your foods, but any form of hormonal imbalance can sabotage even the most concentrated and careful efforts of diet and exercise. The good news is that hormone and thyroid testing can often provide a key to what’s going on and help unlock the door to healthy weight loss.
Hormone testing can uncover medical conditions that might be at the root of your weight gain. These possible conditions include Hypothyroidism, Insulin Resistance, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, and Cushing’s syndrome. Additionally, by ruling out the conditions listed above, other factors such as depression, hormone shifts, and chronic stress, which can all contribute to weight gain or the inability to lose excess weight, can be addressed.
It’s comforting to know you don’t have to “go it alone” when it comes to figuring out how to shed those extra pounds. This year, add hormonal testing to your list and check in with your medical practitioner before you join a weight loss program.
About Maturo Medical: Maturo Medical Weight and Wellness is located in Tempe, Arizona. Known for the medical weight loss programs and hormone testing and treatment, connect with Doctor Maturo today to set up an initial consultation: maturomedical.com.