by Krystle Orlando October 12, 2020 7 min read

So you finally decided to commit to changing up your diet, eating healthier, and sticking to a regular exercise plan?

Have you made this commitment before when you lost some weight but then you hit a plateau that you just couldn't seem to overcome? Where before you know it, you're back to your old ways, eating the foods that you know to drain your energy with your exercise plan being more of an exercise whim.

Have you ever gained back the weight quickly after you stopped a fad diet? Are you frustrated and sick of carrying the extra weight that you know is holding you back from living your life as fully as you would like?

Healthy Weight, Not Just Weight Loss

At EquiLife, our focus is to have you feeling well on a daily basis with a body that is full of vitality.

We are sensitive to the pressure that so many feel to become stick thin in order to feel attractive. And we know how frustrating it can be to constantly be told by different health practitioners how you should be eating or exercising in order to lose weight—yet not get the desired results.

From our perspective, your body weight is simply a key health indicator, one that is as important as how healthy and comfortable you feel in your body. We never want to encourage people to lose weight just for the sake of it—our focus is determining your ideal weight according to your body type and health goals, and pinpoint the specific factors that are keeping you from losing the weight for good.

The Truth About Being Overweight

No matter your current weight, know that we are here to empower you with the information needed to motivate you and keep you committed to the practices that will help you lose the weight holding you back from living your life to the fullest.

The truth is, however, that when you are twenty-plus pounds over your ideal weight, it becomes more difficult for your body to carry out its basic homeostatic mechanisms. It's harder for your body to calibrate its metabolism, regulate hormones, and maintain body temperature.

Inflammation increases as you gain weight, as does stress on the body. Blood pressure rises along with cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Eventually, all of these factors can lead to the onset of weight-related diseases of the body, including Type II Diabetes and more.

Below is a list of some of the conditions that increase with weight gain:

  • Diabetes

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Pulmonary based symptoms, because of increased pressure on the lungs due to body weight

  • Sleep apnea, difficulty breathing at night

  • Overproduction of mucus in the body,

  • More prone to infections

  • Gallbladder Disease

  • Kidney and Liver Disease

  • Various forms of Cancer

  • Heart Disease

  • Stroke

Shedding Self-Judgment

It's time to begin releasing yourself from self-judgment about your weight.

There are so many factors, from the food we find at our grocery stores, to the water we drink, all the way to the way we were raised as children that could be making it nearly impossible for you to lose weight until you make the key changes you never even knew about.

With so much misinformation and a new fad diet popping up almost daily, it is not your fault that you are having trouble losing weight—but it is your responsibility to determine exactly what is holding you back from your health goals and make the changes necessary to finally feel well.

At EquiLife, we don't believe in fad diets. We believe in a balanced approach -- after all, the human body was created to run on a diet that includes proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.

There may be inherent imbalances in your body that, when you refrain from a particular food group, give you relief of your symptoms for a period of time. But the real key to long-term wellness and weight loss is coming back into proper balance, which includes a balanced diet.

So how can you stop the cycle of yo-yo dieting and finally get to your goal weight? It all begins with understanding how you got stuck in the first place.

What's Keeping You Stuck?

At this point, most people already know the basic changes they need to make in order to lose weight. Of course, these changes can be a real challenge. Switching to healthy eating habits and incorporating a regular exercise routine is a key component to any weight loss plan—and there is no way to lose weight without implementing these shifts.

But if you've already tried these approaches and they just aren't garnering the results you expected or you've hit a plateau, there's probably a hidden imbalance in your body that is holding you back.

What could be keeping you stuck? There are a wide variety of possibilities. We suggest starting the investigation by testing your insulin and blood sugar levels. If you are having trouble stabilizing blood sugar in the body, your body will not receive the signal to tap into its fat stores in order to create energy. That may be why you are experiencing such excruciating food cravings that may be impossible for you to overcome.

Other Factors That Prevent Weight Loss

Once we explore how your body is processing glucose in the blood, we can then consider the other factors that may be contributing to your weight loss issues. Hormones also play a central role in the process, because they are responsible for regulating your metabolism. If your hormones are sending a message to your body that you are in a highly stressful situation and need to conserve energy (fight or flight), there's no healthy amount of diet or exercise that you could do to lose weight.

Instead, the key will be re-balancing your hormones. Your thyroid gland plays a particularly key role here and is one of the most important parts of the endocrine system to consider when you reach weight plateaus.

Another commonly overlooked factor that can make it nearly impossible for patients to lose weight is having an overload of toxins in the body. This issue was a key component to Dr. Cabral's best-selling book, The Rain Barrel Effect.

Toxins and Weight Loss

The reality is that our environment has become increasingly full of toxins, which is making it much more challenging for humans to maintain their health. Toxins like heavy metals, petrochemicals, pesticides, mold, and the chemicals in many household and cosmetic products can accumulate in the body and reach a load that is very difficult for your body to process.

Eventually, your liver can become overtaxed removing chemicals from your body. Your body will begin to store these toxins in fat cells in order to filter the blood. This causes your fat cells to expand and leads to a general state of toxicity, water retention and puffiness..

This is why it can sometimes be very emotionally challenging when you start to lose weight. When your body burns fat stores, it is also releasing the toxins that are stored within them, which can increase stress and anxiety. But in order to lose weight for good, you will not only need to change your diet and exercise habits, but you will also need to rid your body of toxins that are stored in your cells.

Getting Back on Track

If you've been having issues losing weight, our top recommendation is to test your thyroid, adrenal, and hormone levels. Using an at-home Functional Medicine lab test can help you understand which systems of the body are currently experiencing imbalances.

This type of test provides information about your blood sugar levels, vitamin D, thyroid function, cortisol levels, and estrogen levels. This is the depth of information you need to pinpoint the specific areas in your body that may need an extra boost.

Case Study: Losing Weight and Feeling Well

When Linda came to EquiLife, she was at the end of her rope. She'd always been on the curvy side, but by the time she hit her mid-thirties, her weight had gotten away from her. Before she knew it, she was told she was technically obese by her doctor and informed of all the terrible health risks associated.

Linda had been 'trying' to lose weight well before the obesity diagnosis, but she never seemed able to keep it off. She had already been making big strides cleaning up her diet and incorporating exercise. The cycle of shame that would begin every time she failed to lose the pounds was becoming too much to bear. She needed a new approach in order to feel motivated again.

So she started with an at-home lab test and was both shocked and relieved when she discovered that her glucose levels were completely out of whack. When taken into account with other factors, it became evident that Linda has a serious gut issue, one that probably began many years ago when she had a bout of serious lung infections and was given very heavy doses of antibiotics.

By combining the changes she had already made to her diet with the nutrition and supplements, she began to see new progress with her weight loss. Eventually, she even began to enjoy her exercise commitments and doing it more often. She has now been at her ideal weight for 5 years and never felt so much energy on a daily basis.

With the knowledge she needed, Linda took action regarding her health. More than just the weight being gone, she now has both the confidence and the desire to live to the fullest with her friends and family.

You Can Change Your Weight

One of the most exciting things we get to do is to equip individuals with the information they need to transform their lives -- forever. And there is perhaps no body-related goal the more individuals share than the struggle to maintain their healthy weight.

We know how overwhelming and emotionally draining it can be to constantly be trying new things to lose weight only to be disappointed once again. By understanding all of the combined factors that could be preventing your weight loss, you can stop the cycle.