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Weight Management by Dr Seema Saadikha

Weight gain is the bane of most our existences. Most people nowadays go to the doctor to seek help to lose weight. It seems that regardless of what we eat or do, the weight just piles on. On the other hand, weight loss advice seems to be as prevalent as the poundage: the net, newspapers, diet books, magazine articles, weight loss clinics, weight loss machines, etc. Everybody has a plan or a program or a machine or a … You try this and it works a little then stops. So, you try that and you gain weight! Next, you lose a little with this diet but gain it all back and some more. Despite “dieting and gyming” you are gaining weight. How frustrating? What should one do?

In keeping with our motto of safety and efficacy, we sought guidance in the medical literature. We attempted to understand how and why the body makes fat and muscle. Though quite complex, we can provide a synopsis here.
tanya2The Neuro-Endocrine Core is made up of the Nervous System and the Endocrine System. The Nervous system consists of the brain and the nerves. Electric signals travel through the nerves. The Endocrine system produces and uses chemicals known as hormones. The Neuro-Endocrine core controls all the body’s organs, both mind and body. The electricity-based nervous system is a rapid system, causing fast movements of bones and muscles. The chemically-based (hormonal) endocrine system induces slower changes in the body. Hormones control weight gain as well as most other functions of the body.

Glucose is the energy currency of the body. Fat is the long-term energy storage product of the body. Fat is essentially composed of a large number of glucose molecules. Whether glucose is utilized immediately or stored, is decided by the hormones. If the level of metabolic hormones is higher, the glucose is utilized to make energy and tissues such as muscle, nerves and bone. If the storage hormones are dominant, the glucose is stored as fat. The dominant metabolic hormones are thyroid, testosterone, progesterone and growth hormone. The dominant storage hormones are insulin and estrogen. We evaluate these and optimize them in favor of metabolic hormones, in order to optimize weight loss.

However, external factors also play a role in weight loss or gain. These are called lifestyle factors and include exercise, nutrition, nutritional supplements and stress. However, the key point is that without appropriate hormone levels, lifestyle modification does not allow optimal weight levels and the body will continue to gain weight. This is easily seen in dieters and exercising people who cannot lose weight, often even gaining more weight.
All the factors should be evaluated for each individual in order to get optimal and lasting results.

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