By Dr. Sarah Zadek ND The inability to lose weight from diet and exercise alone can be extremely frustrating. There are many factors that affect weight management, and for those who struggle with this it may be worth investigating other causes of this “stubborn metabolism.” One such cause is the functioning of the thyroid gland and its respective hormones. Thyroid hormones play crucial roles in how the body uses energy and regulates appetite. Additionally, fat cells, also called adipose tissue, contains their own messengers and hormones that affect energy stores and usage. The interaction between these cells, their messengers and
Every day, we are bombarded with advertisements for new weight loss diets, supplements, and exercise routines. The vast majority of us spend our entire lives struggling to maintain a weight that is healthy or desirable. There are certainly many people that are over-eating or under-exercising for their caloric requirements, and this contributes to obesity and a plethora of other disease states, such as diabetes. However, for some individuals, it doesn’t matter how little we eat, or how much we exercise, be- cause the weighing scale doesn’t seem to be budge!
Weight loss can be quite complex with many
Calorie Counting is Good…
A Calorie is Not Just a Calorie
Most people that have done their own dietary research know that the human body
Physiologically, the body treats fats, proteins, and carbohydrates differently.
What About Hormones?
The thyroid is largely responsible for maintaining the body’s metabolic rate, through the release of thyroid hormones. These hormones dictate
The Importance of Stress
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Sleep and its Role in Weight Management
In 2010, Hairston and
There is now a mountain of evidence to show that toxins in our environment can play a great role in body size. Studies have shown that prolonged exposure to chemicals such as hexachlorobenzene, polybrominated biphenyl, and phthalates can disrupt normal
Weight loss is a complex process and there is much more to consider than just counting your calories. Eating the right type of food, getting restful sleep, avoiding
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