New Year New You: 5 Natural Weight Loss Methods That Really Work

How Natural Weight Loss Methods Can Help You Lose Weight

How and where the body stores fat is a complicated and multifactored matter. So successfully embarking on a weight loss journey typically involves a lot more than just dietary changes and exercise routines. If weight loss were really as simple as eating well and staying activity, everyone would be thin.

But body composition is determined by a complex interplay of genetics, hormones, metabolism, and other body systems that influence when, where and how the body deposits fat in those stubborn, unwanted places. And this is where natural, integrative medicine can help you finally lose weight when other methods of diet and exercise have failed.

In this article, integrative medicine specialist and weight loss expert Nishath Hakim, MD at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak explores five natural approaches that go beyond conventional methods – addressing the intricate interplay of hormones, stress, digestive health, essential nutrients, and more that can help you effectively and naturally lose weight in the New Year.

  1. BHRT: Hormone Balancing for Weight Loss 

BHRT for Women’s Weight Loss

Weight loss is not just about willpower. Hormonal imbalances, particularly fluctuating estrogen levels in women, can wreak havoc on one’s metabolism and body composition. Women can experience hormonal imbalances due to childbirth or medical conditions such as PCOS – but the most common cause of estrogen deficiency in women is menopause. And regardless of the cause of the hormonal decline or imbalance, one of the first (and worst) symptoms is weight gain – particularly around the mid-section or “belly.”

Dr. Hakim utilizes Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) to gently restore balance to a woman’s body, promoting fat loss and lean muscle gain. For women, precise hormone adjustments can address insulin resistance, prevent fat accumulation around the midsection, and even enhance mood, focus, and other areas of life that have been compromised by menopausal hormone decline.

BHRT for Men’s Weight Loss

As men get older, their hormone production also declines gradually over time. Though not as rapid or dramatic as menopause, this hormone decline is called “andropause” in men. And these hormonal imbalances, particularly low levels of testosterone (Low T), can contribute to weight gain and muscle loss in men.

After thorough blood testing to determine a man’s hormone levels and imbalances, Dr. Hakim employs Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) to remedy these deficiencies, optimizing testosterone levels. Restoring Testosterone levels not only aids men in shedding excess weight but also facilitates the development of lean muscle mass, crucial for metabolic health.

BHRT is a Natural Weight Loss Method

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) provides a natural alternative to synthetic or lab-created hormone treatments. BHRT utilizes hormones derived from natural plant sources, such as yams or soy, that structurally mirror the molecular structure of the hormones naturally present in the body.

This molecular similarity allows bioidentical hormones to be recognized and utilized by the body’s receptors in a way that closely mimics the function of the body’s natural hormones – contributing to a treatment approach that is more natural, safer, and more effective because it is in harmony with the body’s physiology.

  1. Semaglutide (Ozempic and Wegovy) for Weight Loss

By now everyone has heard of Ozempic and Wegovy – the weight loss drugs that have taken celebrities in Hollywood as well as civilians in Royal Oak by storm. But most people don’t realize that semaglutide (the active ingredient in Ozempic and Wegovy) is a naturally based weight loss treatment that works by mimicking the natural gut hormone that regulates appetite and “fullness”.

By slowing down digestion and curbing cravings, semaglutide (including Ozempic and Wegovy) provides a tool for both men and women struggling with unwanted weight. And, this injectable weight loss medication does not just help you eat less, it also encourages your body to burn fat rather than store it, leading to sustainable weight loss without calorie counting or extreme hunger pangs.

Semaglutide (Ozempic and Wegovy) is a groundbreaking treatment for weight loss offered by Dr. Hakim at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak that safely and effectively promotes weight loss in both men and women.

  1. Stress Reduction for Weight Loss

Stress is not merely just a psychological concern; it also has profound physical implications – including contributing to weight gain. When the body experiences stress, it releases the hormone cortisol, a hormone associated with weight gain.

When cortisol, the stress hormone, spikes, it triggers fat storage, particularly around the belly. However, Dr. Hakim at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak can help you take takes a holistic approach to stress management, going beyond quick fixes like meditation apps. He tailors personalized plans that may include acupuncture, herbal remedies, and even mindfulness coaching, empowering you to break the stress-cortisol-weight gain cycle and unlock your body’s natural fat-burning potential.

Recognizing the intricate connection between stress and weight loss, integrative medicine doctors like Dr. Hakim at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak offer holistic stress management as part of a comprehensive weight loss plan. Tailored strategies, ranging from mindfulness techniques to lifestyle adjustments, can play a pivotal role in stress reduction, consequently aiding weight loss.

  1. GI-MAP Stool Testing for Digestive Balance & Weight Loss

Dr. Hakim incorporates cutting-edge GI-MAP stool testing to delve into the intricacies of digestive health. Imbalances in gut microbiota can impede weight loss efforts. By identifying and rectifying these imbalances, this testing provides a foundation for effective and sustainable weight management.

The digestive system or “gut” is full of microorganisms, and when the good and bad ones are out of balance, weight loss can stall. Dr. Hakim at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak utilizes advanced GI-MAP stool testing to analyze your unique gut microbiome and identify any hidden culprits like parasites, bacterial imbalances, or food sensitivities. With this valuable information, she can tailor a targeted probiotic regimen, dietary adjustments, and even herbal antimicrobials to restore gut harmony, improve digestion, and optimize nutrient absorption, all of which pave the way for healthy, sustainable weight loss.

  1. Micronutrient Testing for Weight Loss

Micronutrient deficiencies can also significantly hinder weight loss progress. Dr. Hakim employs micronutrient testing to pinpoint specific deficiencies. By customizing supplementation based on individual needs, this approach ensures that the body has the essential nutrients required for optimal metabolic function.

If you are feeling sluggish, have low-energy, and cannot seem to shed unwanted weight It could be a sign of hidden nutrient deficiencies. Dr. Hakim at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak believes in supporting your body from the inside out. Through advanced micronutrient testing, she identifies individual vitamin and mineral imbalances that could be holding back your weight loss progress.

Targeted supplementation with personalized dosages of key nutrients like vitamin D, B vitamins, and essential minerals can boost your metabolism, regulate blood sugar, and even improve sleep quality, all of which contribute to healthy weight management.

Weight Loss Doctor | Royal Oak

If you are tired of feeling stuck in a frustrating weight loss loop, Dr. Hakim at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak can help with a personalized weight loss plan that combines weight loss medications with hormone balancing and digestive health.

Remember, weight loss is not just about shedding pounds; it is also about reclaiming your health and well-being. Dr. Nishath Hakim understands that every person’s body is unique, and with her guidance and expertise, you can break free from the weight loss plateau, unlock your body’s natural potential, and finally achieve sustainable, healthy results that last. Schedule a weight loss consultation today and take the first step on a truly transformative journey to a healthier, happier you with Dr. Hakim at Prosperity Health.

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