You already know that overweight and obesity place extra stress on your heart and musculoskeletal system. Many people aren’t aware, however, that fat cells produce hormones and other biochemicals that regulate your metabolism and influence systems throughout your body. Their impact increases your risk of developing:
Sometimes you can diligently diet and exercise yet still struggle to maintain a healthy weight. This is because genetics, lifestyle factors, hormone imbalances, the health of your gut, and underlying health problems all affect your efforts.
Here are a few ways your body hinders weight loss:
Many people who are overweight develop leptin resistance. Leptin is a hormone produced by fat cells that tells your brain how much fat is stored. Based on that information, the brain knows whether you have plenty of stored energy or are in starvation mode. When you’re resistant to leptin, you can have plenty of body fat, yet your brain thinks you’re dangerously low on energy reserves, then it makes you feel hungry.
Ghrelin is a hormone that makes your feel hungry. Levels of ghrelin increase by 23% after you lose weight. As a result, you always feel hungry and it’s harder to keep weight off.
The type and amount of bacteria in your gut affect fat storage, metabolism, and response to hormones.
When you have support from the team at Dr. Jay’s, you’re more likely to stick with your plan and reach your weight loss goals. The doctor evaluates your overall health and runs comprehensive blood work to determine whether you have underlying issues such as nutritional deficiencies, hormone imbalances, or thyroid disorders.
Dr. Amin may recommend prescription medications and natural supplements to suppress your appetite and control food cravings. You’ll also get help developing a weight loss plan that cuts calories, while ensuring you get adequate nutrition.
The team also helps you explore lifestyle habits so you can identify and change issues that cause weight gain or sabotage weight loss. For example, stress eating is a challenge for many patients and lack of sleep contributes to weight gain, so it’s important to find solutions for these and other lifestyle issues.
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