Sometimes when I consider offering "weight loss" directed health care, I think of this quote by the Bubba character from the movie Forrest Gump. "I know everything there is to know about the shrimping business." Except I modify it a bit and it goes like this. "I know everything there is to know about losing weight." Yes, I can confidently say I know almost everything there is to know on how to effectively lose weight... in a healthy way. But I can not confidently say you will lose weight with the knowledge I would share with you.
Why? Because I cannot control you. An individual's commitment to stay the course will make or break even the best healthy weight loss plans. Also, I like clinical success, and the more elements that are out of my direct control, the higher the likelihood of clinical failure. So for those reasons, I have somewhat stayed away from offering weight loss services.
Notice the use of healthy in my description. Because there are many ways to lose weight that are not healthy, and I'm sure you want to avoid them. For example, cancer and many other types of destructive pathologies cause rapid weight loss. Also starvation is quite effective.
The truth is, every time I do a metabolic consult, healthy weight loss potential is weaved into the plan. I just do not make weight loss the focus. But if I was to market my metabolic services as an optimal healthy weight loss plan, here are some important points to consider.
The statement, 'one size fits all' appears to be true only when pertaining to socks. In other words, one diet plan does not fit for everyone. This one truth is responsible for lots of suffering. There is a clear physiological reason why intermittent fasting works for some people and not for others. The same statement can be said for Atkins, Zone, Whole 30, Paleo, etc.
The way to know your unique dietary strategy is by knowing your unique metabolic strengths and weaknesses. This is what we uncover by performing a metabolic evaluation. To my knowledge, very few health care practitioners do this type of metabolic evaluation.
There are also some other global metabolic distortions that must be corrected if you are to accomplish your optimal healthy weight. The findings from our in-office metabolic evaluation will certainly cause suspicion of their existence, but some blood-work analysis will be required to confirm. For example: thyroid function, anemia, autoimmune issues, and other hormonal imbalances to name a few. A talented functional medicine provider should be able to vet many of these health issues. But what will be their approach to correcting these issues? Let me just say honestly, I am not often impressed with what I see.
What about exercise? We want our exercise plan to build muscle. Muscle takes constant energy to maintain and this helps us to burn fat. By far, the best exercise design to help lose weight and gain muscle, is high intensity with low duration. The problem I see with most of these programs is that the intensity is combined with lots of repetitive and large type ballistic movements. It looks good on paper, but not so good when applied in the real world. For a younger individual that still has healthy joints, that approach is probably okay. A far different story for the rest of us.
Also the duration (length of time) of these activities is almost always too long. As we age, our required time to recover increases, and to offset this, the activity time needs to decrease. If we do not abide by this inherent characteristic of our diphasic rhythms, we will certainly accelerate the aging process. Excess free radical generation, manifestation of arthritic joints, and basically getting older faster, is guaranteed to happen.
These issues are solved with the use of our ARX machine. This is a technology causing rapid muscle gain by utilizing a controlled high intensity activity, in a very short period of time. Exactly the elements we want to safely burn fat, put on muscle, greatly limit joint stress, and all accomplished in a short period of time. As far as I know, we have the only ARX machine in Houston.
So do you want to become healthier, and stronger, while approaching your optimal body weight? We have the playbook that works. Ask me about it and let's see if it is something you really want to pursue.
PS. Here is a major tip. Stop snacking! Does not matter if you are hypoglycemic or you work out a lot. Only eat three meals a day.... If your adrenals can produce enough adrenaline, then you could try intermittent fasting.