Holtorf Medical Group
Weight loss can be frustrating, especially if there are underlying factors inhibiting healthy weight loss. Current treatment guidelines for weight retention and obesity frequently focus on improving activity level and diet. Although these elements are important determinants of an individual’s weight, it is foolish to think they are the only elements at play.
There are several weight-influencing factors. For example, gut health, mood disorders, hormone function, nutrition, sleep quality, and metabolic activity all affect how the body regulates weight:
Good gut function is essential to many areas of health not least of which being weight. Intestinal irregularities such as poor intestinal motility, bacterial imbalances, or physical damage to the intestine can dysregulate fat storage, blood sugar balance, and appetite. These issues all contribute to weight gain and poor weight regulation.
Food addiction is an eating disorder that has become a common occurrence in the United States. Experts suggest that part of the problem is that addictive unhealthy foods are highly accessible and often easier to acquire than healthy options. Sadly, the overconsumption of sugary, overly salted, and highly processed foodstuffs that often attend food addiction can create a cycle of declining wellness and further weight gain.
Disruption of weight-regulating hormones can quickly result in obesity. Although there are many hormones that affect weight, few exemplify the potential impact of dysfunction better than leptin. Poor leptin activity can hinder metabolism, dysregulate appetite, and encourage fat storage. In fact, studies show that most obese individuals and those who have difficulty losing weight exhibit suboptimal leptin activity. Although leptin is a prominent example of hormonal influence on weight, it is important to note that disruption of other hormones can negatively affect weight regulation as well.
To maintain a healthy weight, the body must have an appropriate supply of various nutrients. Unfortunately, due in part to declining food quality, food absorption difficulties, medications, and other individual patient factors, many do not get the nutrition they need. The resulting nutrient imbalances or deficiencies can lead to weight gain and retention.
Studies show that sleep deficits and low-quality sleep can disrupt the function of weight regulating hormones like leptin and cortisol. Such dysregulation often results in weight gain and increased fat retention. Inadequate sleep may also affect other weight regulators including thyroid hormones, human growth hormone, ghrelin, and glucagon.
Metabolic function greatly influences how calories and nutrients are utilized by the body. Unfortunately, many individuals have unwittingly damaged their metabolism through chronic dieting or excessive exercise. These activities can dysregulate thyroid hormones and train the metabolism to remain in a constant starvation state thereby encouraging the body to acquire and hold on to as many calories as possible in the form of fat.
Depending on the specific nature of your weight-related difficulties, different treatment approaches may be employed. Dietary improvements, appropriate physical activity, psychological assistance, and optimization of medications may all be utilized in treating obesity. However, it may be possible to attend to and resolve many of the aforementioned factors of obesity through effective supplementation.
HoltraCeuticals produces several supplements that may help combat unhealthy weight gain and unwarranted fat retention. Some of their best weight loss supporting supplements are discussed below.
Crave Control is a supplement designed specifically to treat addictive behaviors, assuage mood disorders, and resolve food-related dependency. Crave Control supports these areas by balancing hormones and stabilizing neurological function with a collection of powerful ingredients such as low levels of dopamine, 5-Hydroxotyptophan (5-HTP), DL-Phenylalanine (DPA), and N-Acetylcysteine (NAC). These ingredients help limit cravings for highly addictive sugary carbs, salt, and unhealthy fats.
Ensuring eight hours of quality sleep every night is an excellent way to improve weight regulation. Better sleep duration and quality may be achieved by supplementing with HoltraCeuticals’ Sleep Tight. This supplement is formulated with ingredients that promote sensations of calm, reduce tension, and encourage greater sleep quality. The quality sleep gained through Sleep Tight supports better hormone balance and by extension weight regulation.
Magnesium deficiency is a common but overlooked disruptor of weight regulators. For example, a lack of magnesium can negatively affect sleep quality, energy level, and gastrointestinal function. Fortunately, it is possible to resolve such deficiencies by taking a magnesium supplement like HoltraCeuticals’ Magnesium Citrate or Magnesium Glycinate.
One of the most important factors of gut wellness is the make-up of its microbiome. Powerful probiotics such as UltraBiotics support healthy microbiome composition by providing numerous strains of beneficial bacteria. Some of the benefits provided by UltraBiotics include better digestion, nutrient utilization, and weight regulation. Restoring intestinal equilibrium through a probiotic such as this can significantly improve weight loss efforts.
Many people fail to get optimal nutrition through their diet alone. Fortunately, it may be possible to fill in nutritional gaps by using a multivitamin such as Multiplex. Studies show that taking a multivitamin helps the body utilize macronutrients which may notably improve weight loss and weight regulation. This is confirmed by a research study showing that participants who took a multivitamin lost up to four times more weight than those who did not. In addition to supporting weight loss, the formulation of Multiplex has been shown to improve factors of diabetes, immune disorders, and heart disease.
Much of America struggles with obesity and has great difficulty losing weight. In many cases, patients are unaware of the many factors that are contributing to their weight regulation troubles. To healthily and effectively return to a healthy weight, all underlying issues must be identified and resolved. Fortunately, it may be possible to improve many contributing factors through the use of quality supplements like those produced by HoltraCeuticals. If you are struggling to lose weight, speak with a doctor about potential contributors and find out if supplementation is right for you.
*Always consult your doctor before beginning supplementation
Kenny, Paul J. “Reward mechanisms in obesity: new insights and future directions.” Neuron vol. 69,4 (2011): 664-79.
McClure, Erin A et al. “Potential role of N-acetylcysteine in the management of substance use disorders.” CNS drugs vol. 28,2 (2014): 95-106.
Jukic T, et al. “The use of a food supplementation with D-phenylalanine, L-glutamine and L-5-hydroxytriptophan in the alleviation of alcohol withdrawal symptoms.” Coll Antropol. 2011 Dec;35(4):1225-30.
Anthony L. Komaroff, M.D. “Do gut bacteria inhibit weight loss?” Harvard Health.
Madhu N. Rao MD et al. “Sub-chronic sleep restriction causes tissue specific insulin resistance.” Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. February 06, 2015.
Rachel R. Markwald et al. “Impact of insufficient sleep on total daily energy expenditure, food intake, and weight gain.” Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013;110(14):5695–5700.
Patel SR et al. “Association between reduced sleep and weight gain in women.” Am J Epidemiol. 2006 Nov 15;164(10):947-54.
NIH Staff. “Vitamins and Minerals.” National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.
Holtorf Medical GroupThe Holtorf Medical Group specializes in optimizing quality of life and being medical detectives to uncover the underlying cause of symptoms, rather than just prescribing medications to cover-up the symptoms. We are experts in natural, prescription bioidentical hormone replacement and optimization, complex endocrine dysfunction, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and Lyme disease. We’ve dedicated our practice to providing you the best in evidenced-based, integrative medicine that’s not only safe and effective, but provides measurable results.
80% of those who take supplements, forget to take them!
Some common but serious illnesses can go unnoticed for years
Holtorf Medical Group
One area that is closely associated with diet is sex drive.