Weight loss is an issue that should be looked at from the perspective of health and well being. Patients should consider the attainment of optimal weight as a benefit derived from a balance in their life that incorporates proper diet, physiology and exercise. When it comes to weight loss, optimal metabolism is a key feature.

Some of the most common physiological imbalances of metabolism are caused by the misconception that glucose should be the primary source for our energy. Permanent weight loss can usually be attained by converting from a glucose to a fat based metabolism. Proper intake of healthy fats combined with the necessary supplements to help the body burn them will result in both increased energy and weight loss. Burning healthy fats will also result in increased mental focus and a decrease in the mental fogginess that so many patients initially complain about.

Leptin is a fat hormone that can be easily measured through a simple blood test. Elevated levels of this hormone indicate leptin resistance and this results in the inability of the body to turn off the hunger signal in the hypothalamus. Elevated leptin will also cause the body to store excess fat. When leptin is elevated the hormone can be brought down to a healthy level through diet and supplementation thus allowing weight loss in patients who have tried various approaches that have failed and now have no hope.

Other common problems that cause patients difficulty when trying to lose weight include improperly diagnosed and poorly managed thyroid disorders. Female hormone imbalances are also contributory to the inability to lose weight. Cortisol is a stress hormone that can cause difficulty in the ability of the body to efficiently burn glucose for energy. Cortisol can be measured either through blood or saliva and can be reduced through proper treatment that includes identifying the physical cause of the stress and balancing the body’s physiology.

There are a number of things that can make it virtually impossible to lose weight. Identifying physiological and hormonal imbalances can help particularly when reasonable approaches have failed in the past.