Weight Loss Just eat less and exercise more!! Tired of hearing that? So am I. If you have trouble losing weight and keeping it off, then you're in the right place. You know it's more complicated than that. You succeed at many other things, but this just isn't working. Maybe you've lost 10 or 20 pounds. Then the system seems to put on the brakes. You keep doing the same behaviors that helped you lose that weight, but now the scale doesn't budge. And you seem to be thinking about food even more than usual. The starchy, fatty foods are calling your name.
Many of us know these things and we think it's just lack of will power. But the body of scientific evidence grows weekly. Here's the truth:
Primitive parts of your brain can tell when there's not enough food coming in. The brain says, "Hey, if we can't find more food, we're going to die!" So changes in brain chemistry and hormones cause several things:
- Increased interest in food.
- More food in the stomach is needed to feel full.
- Resets your body's metabolism to burn fewer calories at rest.
- The lowered metabolism makes you tired, and possibly depressed, so you become less active.
- Makes your muscles become more efficient, so when you do work out, you burn fewer calories for the same amount of work.
- These changes have been studied as far out as one year after weight loss. And guess what? These changes still haven't returned to normal.
So now you know what you're up against. It's not weakness - it's your primitive body doing what it's supposed to do to keep you alive when there's not enough food coming into your stomach. It's going to take superhuman will power to continue to lose weight and to keep it off. That's why this is such a challenge.
Getting help for these problems involves using medications that decrease appetite and interest in food. For some people, getting the metabolism back to normal is also part of the process.
While most people accept the idea that we should treat type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol problems with medications, some people continue to think that we should not use medications to help with weight loss and maintenance. But problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, etc., generally improve with weight loss. And there's a very long list of other things that improve with weight loss including many cancers, liver problems, weight-related arthritis pain, sleep apnea, and many many more.
A variety of prescription medications can be used alone or in combinations to help you lose weight and keep it off. Some of these medications are approved by the FDA for weight loss, others are approved for other problems but have decreased appetite as a side effect.
Working with Dr. Thomas Najarian in Los Osos, CA, for seven years, I learned and contributed to the evolution of his approaches to helping people lose weight and keep it off.
I also work with people who have thyroid disorders with or without weight issues. Many providers pay more attention to thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) than to any other factor when evaluating thyroid. I assess a variety of lab values as well as listening to your report of symptoms to determine how to evaluate and treat thyroid problems.
Many people have found
my philosophy and style to be very helpful for supporting them in
their weight loss efforts over the long-term as well as to keep that
weight off. Take a look around the website; you will find information about my experience and philosophy.
A few details:
Offices in Atascadero and San Luis Obispo
Initial Visit $180 (A deposit of $100 is required to hold the appointment time. The deposit
will be applied to your first visit.)
Followup Visits $85, generally every 6 weeks until weight goal is reached.
Less frequent visits for thyroid-only patients.
Maintenance Visits $85, approximately every 3 months.
If your health insurance is a PPO, my office will submit a claim to
your insurance company. In many cases, they will provide some level of
reimbursement directly to you.
at: Recovery Physical Therapy at: Central Coast Lymphedema Therapy
4885 El Camino Real 1061 Murray Ave.
Atascadero, CA 93422 San Luis Obispo, CA 93405