Understanding Weight Loss Resistance

Some people find it to be a major struggle to lose even the smallest amount of weight. Often times, people who want to lose weight put themselves on a diet; however, it is widely known that more than 95% of all diets end in failure. Through our Metabolic Rejuvenation Program (MRP), we provide patients with a safe, innovative approach that helps them overcome weight loss resistance. To determine if you are weight loss resistant, click here to take the "Weight Loss Resistance Self Test".

Our approach is based upon correcting the patient's metabolism by identifying and correcting many of the components listed below:

  • Cravings due to neurotransmitter imbalances (brain chemicals)
  • Depressed metabolism due to decreased muscle mass from chronic dieting
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Insulin resistance
  • High cortisol levels due to chronic stress
  • History of failure with weight loss
  • Food allergies and gastrointestinal conditions
  • Toxic burden (environmental chemicals) that cause weight gain or make it difficult to lose weight
  • Chronic sleep deprivation
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Chronic sleep deprivation

As you can see from this list, weight loss resistance is a complex issue resulting from a variety of factors. This is why there are individuals who "eat right and exercise right" who still find it extremely difficult to lose weight and keep it off. To be more specific, although the term "weight loss" is commonly used, the key is to lose body fat and increase lean muscle mass. If an individual simply focuses on weight loss without regard to what is happening with body composition, he/she can actually cause more metabolic damage. In order to lose fat and maintain or increase lean body mass, you need to have a healthy metabolism.

This becomes a process of healing so that you can get healthy and lose weight. The more damaged your metabolism is, the longer it can take to heal it before you see significant weight loss. The reality is that you must be healthy to lose fat. For this reason, body composition testing should be a part of any weight loss program. The MRP is not a "quick fix" program, and it is designed for individuals who are committed to making the necessary therapeutic lifestyle changes that promote optimal health. When indicated, we support our program with prescription weight loss medications.

The links below provide additional information

90 Day Metabolic Rejuvenation Program

Weight Loss Resistance Self Test

Exercise Programs

Metabolic Rejuvenation Program Eating Plans

Body Composition Analysis - Total Metabolism Testing

Comprehensive Metabolic Profile

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Success Stories

Doctor's Note
Patient was experiencing fatigue, depression and weight gain. Lab testing revealed low hormone levels in general including a very low IGF-1 level. Her treatment focused on bioidentical hormone replacement and a medication designed to stimulate her own natural production of growth hormone.
Patient Response
Hi – hope you are doing well. Are you ready for Thanksgiving? I’m getting there. I wanted to let you know I hit the 30 lb loss today!!! Yeah! So excited! Clothes that didn’t fit are fitting. Clothes I used to wear are too big. Feeling great! A little nervous about tomorrow’s feeding frenzy- but hoping to not overindulge too bad.

LJ - Arlington, VA