Losing weight is hard.
If you've struggled with your weight on and off for most of your life, like many of our patients, you know just how hard it can be. Strict and limited diets, exercise regimens that feel like too much to bear, fighting your hunger, your emotions, and your body day after day only to see limited results that never seem to last.
Naturopathic weight loss offers a different solution—a real solution that takes time and commitment, and that works with your body to help you see the changes in your shape, your health, and your happiness that you've been craving.
Naturopathy Can Help Unlock Your Body's Natural Weight Maintenance Tricks
Naturopathic medicine takes a different approach than most traditional Western medicine, not ruling out "traditional" treatment methods but looking at all available treatments—from East and West, from herbal supplements to healthy habit formation—to promote and maintain optimal health, not simply cure illnesses.
The many fad diets like South Beach, juice fasts, diet bars and drinks, and so on, all treat being overweight like single, simple, fixable problem. These approaches take a one-size-fits-all approach. They also assume that a few drastic steps over the short-term will give you the body and the health you deserve in the long term, too. This "treat it and beat it" mentality that's unfortunately common in much of modern medicine is also a feature of many weight loss programs.
In contrast, our doctors recognize that everyone's body and situation are different, and at that nutrition and weight maintenance are lifelong parts of your health,
Naturopathic doctors takes a different approach to medicine and to weight loss. We work with your unique body to determine what weight loss and nutritional approaches will help you reshape your body and health. This doesn't mean you can’t get some quick weight loss results, but it does mean that any quick weight loss is achieved using long-term vision.
Weight loss is not simply a matter of eating fewer calories than you burn. That's the end goal, but it's like saying the way to win a race is to be faster than everyone else. It's true, but it doesn't exactly help you get the results you want. There are some very complex hormonal processes that affect your appetite, your shape, and your metabolism (how fast you burn calories, and how efficiently you use the food you eat for energy rather than storing it as fat).
For example, we know that eating refined carbohydrates like processed sugar can lead to sudden and significant "spikes" in the level of insulin (a hormone) in your blood. This can promote excess fat storage, a less efficient metabolism, and greater difficulty with appetite control, while also contributing to other health problems. There are also studies supporting the notion that when you eat matters almost as much as what you eat—another example of the complex interplay between your body's natural hormone cycles, your nutrition, your weight, and your overall health and happiness.
A naturopathic approach to weight loss will help you find a lifelong way of eating that works with your body's rhythms to keep you healthy, feeling full, and with all of the energy and nutrition you need to be the best you you can be. Your naturopathic doctor will also help you explore new approaches to physical fitness that don't just burn short-term calories, but help you redefine and rediscover a naturally energized, healthy, and slimmed-down body.
There is no single "naturopathic diet" because there is no single type of body and person. There are naturopathic ways to determine how you can achieve the health and weight loss results you want, and it just might be easier than you'd think.
To make an appointment and discuss your future as a slimmer, healthier, and happier you, please contact us today.