Reducing calories, following a balanced meal plan, and getting regular exercise form the foundation of healthy weight loss – yet they’re not always enough. Sometimes other problems arise, like hormone imbalances, which work against your efforts. Dr. Alkeshkumar Patel at Citrus Medical Clinic understands the complexities of weight loss and uses his expertise to help you reach your goals. Call his office in Chandler or Safford, Arizona, or book an appointment online to get started on a successful weight loss journey.
Your heart and joints work harder when they have to carry extra weight. In fact, being overweight increases your risk of developing knee osteoarthritis. Extra weight also doubles the risk of sleep apnea, which can increase your blood pressure and cause heart arrhythmias.
Being overweight has a widespread effect on your body because fat cells produce hormones that regulate your metabolism. When levels of these biochemicals are higher than normal due to extra fat cells, their influence increases your risk for chronic health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
If you’re frustrated by reducing your calories without seeing results, the chances are that other factors are working against you. These are a few examples of how your body fights against weight loss:
Gaining weight often causes leptin resistance, which means your body doesn’t respond to the hormone leptin. As a result, fat burning slows down or stops.
Ghrelin is a hormone that makes you feel hungry. Levels of ghrelin spike by nearly 23% after you lose weight.
The type and amount of gut bacteria in your large intestine affect fat storage, metabolism and your response to hormones.
Dr. Patel is available to help your weight loss efforts, from testing hormone levels to recommending a calorie goal. He also offers the following:
Phentermine is an FDA-approved medication that helps you lose weight by suppressing your appetite.
Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a hormone that can help you lose weight by promoting fat burning and alleviating hunger as you follow a low-calorie diet. Normally, severe calorie cutting makes your body store fat and lower its metabolism, but hCG counteracts that effect, so you lose more weight.
Patients who are overweight often have low levels of vitamin B12, which affects your energy. Injections of vitamin B12 support weight loss by improving your energy and boosting your metabolism.
MIC injections, or lipo injections, contain methionine, inositol, and choline, which are all natural substances that can help you lose weight. They trigger fat burning and help the liver eliminate fat. Inositol may also improve your body’s ability to use insulin.