Why is it that almost every diet seems to work in the beginning and then … ?
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What’s Up With This Stubborn Weight?
Did you know you are really good at storing fat? You don’t need that extra fat, but your prehistoric ancestors certainly did, and now your body is “wired” to store fat.
Keep in mind that the only reason we store fat is to survive a shortage of food. In addition to the ability to store fat, our metabolism is tied to the availability of food. So, when we start to tap into our stored fat, the weight comes off pretty easily.
Then, we reach a second level mechanism to preserve our life, a more efficient metabolism. By more efficient we mean getting more mileage out of each calorie. This causes fat consumption to slow down because your body doesn’t want to run out!
Then You Try To Diet
When you go on a diet, the caloric deficit leads to weight loss. When the second level of metabolic slowing kicks in, the weight loss slows or stops, and the effectiveness of your new diet diminishes.
How can we keep that initial weight loss going?
We know there is not one, simple way. That’s why we develop and implement a strategy that fits your lifestyle, schedule, food preferences, and eating habits to ensure long-lasting results.
Would a Ketogenic Diet Work?
At East Wind, we use “ketogenic concepts” to train the body to go into and out of ketogenic states with ease. In order to do this, we strategically increase the fasting window and decrease the feeding window to get you in and out of ketosis. What we find is that the more adapted you become at moving in and out of ketosis, the easier it is to burn fat and lose weight.
The challenge with this approach is that it works best as a strategy, not a diet, which is a “one-size-fits-all” approach. We develop a strategy to fit your lifestyle that is adjusted until it works, giving you the greatest return for your efforts.
Why Insulin Levels Matter
Maybe that stubborn fat is because you’re pre-diabetic and suffer from insulin resistance. Your ability to process sugars, which come primarily from carbohydrates, is malfunctioning. In other words, your system is failing, but has not yet reached “critical mass” to fully manifest the disease of type 2 diabetes.
Did a “light bulb just go on” in your head? If your insulin has been on the rise for a number of years now (and insulin is not typically measured by your doctor), might that explain your frustration with trying to lose weight, despite diets, exercise, and every other thing that you tried?
What then works for weight loss and addressing the underlying mechanism or insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes?
The answer is a strategy that keeps the body believing there is a shortage of food so that fat will be burned until the desired body fat level is achieved.
Acupuncture is a huge part of our treatment
Acupuncture is a huge part of our treatment because it impacts the body on so many different fronts. It helps reduce excess cortisol and improve the stress response. It balances hormones and facilitates all aspects of body function. Chinese herbs and dietary supplements are also used to address deficiencies and help restore flow and balance.
Lifestyle also matters at East Wind. Our focus on individualized dietary plans, getting proper sleep and stress management.
Most importantly, we empower YOU by showing you the underlying concepts of a healthy individual. Our health care team will help you understand health strategies so, together, we can make a positive impact on your health.
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Mike writes for Nature’s Pathways magazine about topics such as latest technologies and treatments, mindset, exercise, sleep, and nutrition.
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