Many patients have a desire to lose weight and assume that the problem is due to their thyroid and hormone imbalances. While some patients do have thyroid or hormone problems that can be fixed, they may still not lose weight with treatment. A situation similar to those without hormone problems. Some lose weight but cannot keep it off due to cravings and often return to their old eating habits and lifestyle. Many have gut irritability, bloating, mental fog, headaches, food cravings, fatty liver that leads to prediabetes, inflamed painful joints, lack of energy or motivation, decreased libido, etc. The truth is that most patients cannot lose weight because they are habituated to having poor diet and lifestyle. Life style changes are difficult, and both patients and doctors give up on it. Instead appetite suppressants are recommended. These which suppress cravings but need to be used chronically, are expensive, insurance rarely pays for them, have side effects, and the few patients that get to use them only loose 5-10 percent of their weight because the body develops mechanisms to prevent further weight loss with any weight loss medication. Amazingly, gastric bypass is now becoming the go-to prescription to treat our obesity epidemic and diabetes.
I feel strongly that we are what we eat, think, and do. Therefore lifestyle change is indispensable to transformative health change. To help yourself heal and decrease food cravings I have the following advice for a lifestyle change:
Stop eating bad foods: processed (pasta, breads, cookies, doughnuts, ice cream, cereals), fried, sugared with or without high-fructose corn syrup, or any food that comes in a box or plastic, processed meats, non-organic meat which is laced with bad fats and antibiotics. These foods are inflammatory. They have a lot of sugar, wheat, dairy, and oils that are damaging to your body. These foods increase the type of bacteria in your intestines that promote further weight gain, inflammation and increased cravings for the foods that you are trying to avoid.
Similarly all soda, juices, diet sodas or foods with artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, which damage your good bowel bacteria and again promote growth of bad ones that make you crave and choose bad foods. The loss of good bacteria and growth of bad ones creates a “leaky” or permeable gut and as a result more undigested proteins and particles get into your body and as a result you get more body inflammation and immune reactions.
Do eat good foods: all colorful and dark green veggies and fruits, chicken, fish, eggs, and use organic meat rarely. Cook with or enjoy good oils like olive or avocado oil, and avoid corn or canola oils. Enjoy coffee or tea black (you can use coconut or hemp milk because it is best to avoid dairy or creamers), and if you to need sweeten it do with stevia. Have berries or a piece of dark chocolate (70% or more cocoa) as a treat once a day. Don’t snack between meals and don’t eat after dinner. Drink water (sparkling is ok)! Supplement diet with omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin D3, 2-4000 units/day or get sun.
If you have a lot of irritable bowel symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea, and bloating, you also should avoid foods with high lignan content such as tomato with skins (pulp is OK), eggplants, peppers, potatoes, beans and cashews. Make sure you do not have celiac disease or sensitivity to certain foods.
Along with the dietary changes, do take pre and probiotics to re-populate your gut with good bacteria. You need to take prebiotics for the good bacteria to grow and for the probiotics you are taking to work. After researching I have found a few brands that combine of pre and probiotics and are released more slowly so they get to the intestines without being digested by stomach acids. These are touted to help the good bacteria grow, improve secretion of helpful digestive hormones that help metabolize carbohydrates better, and or help decrease appetite with some weight loss. I am sure there are others, but these are the ones I found might be more helpful if you are in a bind to lose weight before a surgery, are trying to prevent diabetes, or have a lot of gut and joint inflammatory complaints. I have no financial interest related to any of these probiotic recommendations.
1) Prebiothrive by Grundy MD (has bimuno, organic acacia, and agave inulin) 1-3 scoops a day with water. You can only get at his company. 1-800-852-0477, GrundyMD.com
2) Pro15 by Hyperbiotics, one a day, you can get this on Amazon.com
3) VSL#3 by Omega tau pharmaceuticals, 1-2 per day, you can get this on Amazon.com
Walk 30-45 minutes at least 5 days a week. Or move as much as possible if you have major joint issues that prevent you from walking.
Get 7 hours of sleep, and if you snore of have sleep apnea get tested and treated.
Please see also my advice link on my website here at www.beatrizolson.com
I bet that you will feel better if you earnestly follow these instructions for 30 days.