Over­com­ing Plateaus in Weight Loss

Moose Jaw Express.com - - News - By Dr. Joel Guillemin

Dr. Joel Guillemin is a Natur­o­pathic Doc­tor in Moose Jaw. Grow­ing up in Assini­boia, he at­tended the Univer­sity of Saskatchewan and re­ceived his Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence De­gree in Ki­ne­si­ol­ogy with a mi­nor in Psy­chol­ogy. Dur­ing his time in Saska­toon, he worked as a fit­ness and well­ness con­sul­tant for the city of Saska­toon, as well as a stu­dent trainer for the U of S Huskies Track and Field team. After at­tend­ing the Canadian Col­lege of Natur­o­pathic Medicine in Toronto, he re­ceived a 4 year Doc­tor­ate in Natur­o­pathic Medicine. Through th­ese ar­ti­cles, Dr. Guillemin hopes to pro­mote health and com­mu­nity, with many of the ar­ti­cles fo­cus­ing on chronic dis­ease man­age­ment, healthy diet and life­style, and in­te­gra­tive medicine.

The dreaded weight loss plateau, a sit­u­a­tion all too com­mon. But what causes this plateau, and more im­por­tantly what is the so­lu­tion to over­com­ing it? For many peo­ple, a weight loss pro­gram of­ten fol­lows a sim­i­lar pat­tern: two weeks of pos­i­tive re­sults, fol­lowed by an abrupt stop in weight loss. Dur­ing this time, peo­ple usu­ally re­port hav­ing low en­ergy; they may ex­pe­ri­ence an in­crease in food crav­ings, and claim they lack any will power. It’s this bar­rier that quite of­ten re­sults in an in­ef­fec­tive weight loss pro­gram.

All the cells in our body have a role and a pur­pose. The role of the adi­pose cell (also known as the fat cell) is essen­tially a stor­age tank within the body. When we con­sume ex­tra calo­ries, the body stores this in the form of glyco­gen mol­e­cules, a method that re­serves ad­di­tional en­ergy for times of need. Ad­di­tion­ally, the adi­pose cell is the stor­age site of tox­ins that may en­ter the body. Th­ese tox­ins may come from sev­eral dif­fer­ent sources in­clud­ing meta­bolic by-prod­ucts and en­vi­ron­men­tal ex­po­sures. The wa­ter we drink, the food we eat, and the air we breathe all come with the po­ten­tial risk of toxin in­fil­tra­tion. By stor­ing th­ese tox­ins within the adi­pose cells, it en­sures they are un­able to freely cy­cle through­out the body caus­ing harm to other or­gans. Dur­ing the ini­tial phase of a weight loss pro­gram, glyco­gen is needed as an en­ergy source for our mus­cles and or­gans. As a re­sult, the fat cells be­gin to re­lease their stored con­tents - both glyco­gen mol­e­cules and all those tox­ins that have been stored over time. In or­der for the body to man­age this, it’s im­por­tant to fo­cus on the role of the liver and its bi­o­logic func­tion. In weight loss, the liver has two very im­por­tant roles: con­vert­ing glyco­gen to a use­able form of en­ergy, and break­ing down any tox­ins so that they may be re­moved from the body. After two weeks of a weight loss pro­gram, the heavy de­mand on the liver re­sults in me­tab­o­lism slow­ing down, a higher amount of tox­ins cy­cling through­out the body, and a re­flex re­sponse in calo­rie con­ser­va­tion. When we put all of this to­gether, it sum­ma­rizes what is ac­tu­ally oc­cur­ring dur­ing the weight loss plateau. When­ever I ap­proach weight loss cases, the liver is al­ways an im­por­tant fo­cus. The way the liver ful­fills its func­tions is through en­zyme path­ways that uti­lize dif­fer­ent co­fac­tors. Th­ese fac­tors in­clude sev­eral dif­fer­ent vi­ta­mins, min­er­als and amino acids. Liver support is re­quired through spe­cific di­etary in­ter­ven­tions and by de­creas­ing in­flam­ma­tory re­sponses. Ul­ti­mately, by fo­cus­ing on liver support strate­gies, and im­ple­ment­ing in­di­vid­u­al­ized support pro­to­cols, the in­fa­mous weight loss plateau may be over­come.

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