The reasons for wanting to lose weight are vast and varied. Sometimes people feel self conscious about the way they look. In addition, excessive weight can be the link to significant health issues. Whether you are hoping to tighten and tone before you head out into to the SoCal sun or are searching for a dramatic change that will lead to better overall wellness, weight loss is an important step in getting there.
So it can be stressful when you’re trying to lose weight and having little to no luck. You might start to wonder if it’s even possible — or if you’ll need to resort to surgery or an extreme diet. What you might not know is that your metabolism can play a significant role in the rate at which you are able to shed pounds. As a recent article in Observer explains, many factors can influence your metabolic rate, including age (basal metabolic rate slows down as people get older) and body composition (more muscle mass often means increased BMR, which is why men who pack more muscle seem to lose weight faster than women who don’t). Super diets that cut caloric intake might be doing you more harm than good on your weight loss journey — fasting and malnutrition slow down BMR.
While there are some things you can do to speed up your metabolism, such as routinely eating breakfast, working out, getting plenty of rest, and staying hydrated, there are also underlying hormonal situations that may need to be addressed. At the Southern California Center for Anti-Aging, we can help you confront those underlying issues after thoroughly evaluating your medical status. Then a weight loss program can be created based on your individual needs. Sometimes human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is just the thing to kick start your body. If you’ve ever been pregnant, you might already be familiar with HCG because it is a natural hormone released by the human placenta. If a mother is not eating enough, HCG stimulates the release of fat from her body to provide fuel for the baby. Outside of pregnancy, HCG is believed to decrease or prevent hunger cravings while also sparing lean muscle. And don’t be fooled by the origins — HCG is not just for women. Men can also see the effects of HCG as it increases the levels of hormones that may increase metabolism.
For your convenience, our clinic offers programs that feature a nutrition and exercise regimen, physician-prescribed HCG, amino acids injections, and weekly check-ins.
Another option for weight loss is the South Bay Diet, which is a customized plan with the proven combination of high-protein, low-fat, low-carb eating; exercise, behavior modification, including stress management techniques; nutritional supplements and, as needed, medication to control appetite.
Metabolism works in funny ways and trying to shed pounds can be frustrating. One of the best things you can do is get a team on your side as you work to shed weight. Come in and chat with us to see how. we can get your metabolism back on track. We’ll discuss your current practices, talk about your fitness goals, evaluate your hormonal health, and find a plan that is best for you.