If your body won’t let go of the weight after you’ve tried dieting, exercising, lowering stress levels, and getting more sleep, there is likely an underlying physiological answer.
One of the first lab tests I run in my office to find out what’s going on is called “Chem55.” This blood test has 55 different markers that can tell me what is going on with your metabolism.
Some of the common factors that throw off your metabolism.
- Blood sugar levels
- Iron levels
- Liver function
- Thyroid health (7 different markers)
- Immune system ( are you using a lot of energy fighting off an infection?)
- Kidney function
Now all these categories may seem like they have nothing to do with weight loss. You have to remember that weight gain is a symptom of poor health. If you have made significant strides with lifestyle changes and still aren’t seeing weight loss results, it’s time to look deeper into your metabolism.
Your Metabolism Isn’t Just How Fast You Burn Calories
Another test that I run in my office to find out what’s going on inside your body is called the “organic acids test.” This test can tell us whether or not you have the ability to take food and turn it into energy, specifically if you’re able to metabolize carbohydrates, fats, and protein.
This test also addresses how well your body can make neurotransmitters. Part of what makes weight loss challenging is mood issues like anxiety and depression. Mood issues stem from how well your biochemistry is doing, and they are NOT character issues. Once we find out where in your body you’re having a breakdown, we can start to support those pathways.
Detoxifications Role In Weight Loss
Another critical piece of this test is finding out about digestion, and the balance between good and bad gut bacteria. We can also determine from the analysis if you are having yeast or parasite problems. Lastly, this test can show how well your body can detox.
Detoxification plays an essential role in weight loss, and if you are having problems losing weight, it could be because your body doesn’t know how to detox properly. Diet and lifestyle changes are necessary, but solving the underlying issues allows all your hard work to be active and lasting.
Here’s To A Better Life,
Dr. Steve Puckette