Many patients present with the goal of losing weight - they have a textbook diet, exercise most days and rarely drink. Yet, weight is still a problem. This can be rather frustrating and bothersome for some, as you can imagine. I see it all too frequently in clinic. The frustration lay in the unknown - why is my weight creeping up despite doing all of the 'right things' - why am I being punished for saying no to cake and hitting the pavement before the sun rises? It makes no sense and is not fair.
Now, weight loss is a very complex area as so many factors influence weight and its important to peel back each and see what role they may or may not be playing for you individually. Instead of being frustrated at yourself or feeling like a failure for not achieving your goals, its time to shift the focus from weight loss as the goal and start seeing weight gain as a sign. A sign your body needs a little help in one or two areas, for example
- low thyroid function
- poor balance of bacteria and overall gut health
- hormone imbalance
- nutrient and mineral deficiencies
- over burdened liver
- Excess stress
Of course the above may not apply where you know your present lifestyle is not conducive to great health and late night binges and cancellation of gym memberships have become all too familiar. It’s when we are working hard towards great health and the results just aren't being achieved that it may be time to dig a bit deeper.
So please stop the frustration at weight gain and start seeing it as your body's way of asking for a bit of help. Step back from focusing on only the end result (weight loss) and realise there is a path to the end result and it must be taken to achieve what you originally set out to do. And most importantly, it is possible!
Casey Dick | Passionate Dedicated Natural Nutritionist | Brisbane, Australia, Dietary Nutritionist, Healthy Body and Mind Advocate, Natural Hormone Balance & Healthy Weight Loss, Natural Skin Health, Anorexia, Eating Disorder Recovery, Orthorexia, Thyroid, Non-dieting Approach, Gut Health, Nutritionist specialises in PCOS, Why can’t I lose weight, Weight Loss Resistance