Balancing Act

Along with diet and exercise, optimizing hormones helps improve weight loss.

Lisa* was one of the millions of men and women who resolved last January to lose weight and get more fit in 2017. She was also one of the few who actually stuck with her adopted plan of diet and exercise for more than just a few weeks.

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Through hormone optimization, Rejuvenate Your Life helps patients regain an optimal state of functioning.

The program just didn’t work for her.
Lisa, 59, closely lowered her calorie intake and began walking three times a week for at least 20 minutes, but when the 4th of July holiday rolled around, she still had not shed the excess belly fat she set out to lose.
“I was very frustrated,” Lisa explains. “I changed my diet, and I was really good about making sure I got my walks in. And I always made sure to walk at a brisk pace. But after six months, it was like I hadn’t done anything at all.”
Lisa is not alone. For many, eating less and exercising more is indeed the key to losing weight and getting properly fit. For others, that simple equation alone will never allow them to achieve their desired weight and fitness goals.
Not as long as their hormones are unbalanced.
“For many who struggle with weight loss, the problem does not lie in their lack of commitment to a new diet or exercise program,” says Gil Mejia, MD, the medical director at Rejuvenate Your Life. “It lies in a hormonal imbalance.
“An elevated insulin level, for example, can cause you to gain weight. It’s also hard to lose weight if your cortisol is too high or your thyroid is not optimized because the thyroid is what controls your metabolism.
“And then there’s your testosterone. And not just in men, but women, too. Testosterone is what gives you the energy to become active and do the exercise that allows you to lose the weight, and the motivation to focus on the diet program.
“What we have found is that, for those who struggle to lose that stubborn weight, there is often an imbalance somewhere in their hormone levels. We optimize these hormones so that you can achieve your goals.”

Find Your Hormonal Sweet Spot

The ultimate goal at Rejuvenate Your Life is for each patient to regain an optimal state of functioning. That goal is achieved through two basic scientific principles, the first of which is eliminating from the body anything that might prevent it from reaching its optimal state. The second is restoring anything to the body that it may be lacking.
For patients seeking to lose weight, the process begins with a simple consultation in which the patient’s weight-loss goals are determined. What follows is a comprehensive blood test that Dr. Mejia says is covered by most basic insurance plans.
“We don’t do any guessing in this program,” Dr. Mejia reports. “We base everything on science, which is why we do the blood work. If there are hormonal imbalances, they are easily detected through blood work.
“With any imbalances we find, we strive to optimize the hormones to a youthful level because that’s when they function the best. If you’ll remember, when we were young, we could play all day.
“As you age, your metabolism becomes sluggish, and when your metabolism becomes sluggish, it becomes harder to lose weight. That’s why checking the thyroid is one of the most important things we do.
“It’s also very important to check cortisol because high levels of cortisol in the setting of chronic stress can cause you to lose sleep and slow down your metabolism, which leads to weight gain and insulin resistance.”
Dr. Mejia also checks the levels of insulin and testosterone in each patient. If the findings show imbalances in any of the hormones, he develops a plan of action aimed at returning the hormones to their optimum levels.
The plan usually includes a diet program because the levels of some hormones such as insulin and testosterone can not only be improved but also controlled through dietary changes such as eliminating carbohydrates, sugars and alcohol.
“The majority of the people who are seeing me are struggling to lose weight because of either aging or lifestyle,”
Dr. Mejia reports. “If your lifestyle is poor from an eating standpoint, for example, your insulin levels are going to be high. High insulin levels make it difficult to lose weight.
For correcting thyroid levels, Dr. Mejia often recommends dietary changes as well as supplementation. For example, increases in iodine, which can be obtained through a supplement, can sometimes cure the imbalance.
For improving levels of cortisol, Dr. Mejia recommends a stress management program. These programs usually involve an increase in activities known to help reduce stress.
Yoga, meditation and deep breathing are some of the activities that have helped patients with high stress levels. Dr. Mejia is quick to point out, however, that those activities are not recommended if the patient doesn’t enjoy them.
“We want you to better manage the stress, which is why I recommend doing something that does not add more stress,” Dr. Mejia says. “For example, we know that yoga helps reduce stress, but if you hate doing yoga, we don’t want you to do it.
“We recommend that patients relieve stress by doing something they love. If you love to dance, go dancing; if you like to swim, go swimming. If you love it, do it. Just be sure you’re not doing something that will actually harm you.”

Weight and Stress Reduced

Lisa, who was referred to Dr. Mejia by a friend, was one of those whose cortisol levels were unusually high. She took Dr. Mejia up on his suggestion to do yoga and found that it relaxed her. She also got involved in an aerobics class twice a week.
The results, she says, have been amazing. She’s lost more than 30 pounds since she started to see Dr. Mejia and believes she’d still be fighting her own battle of the bulge had she not been introduced to the hormone balance program.
“I feel better and look better than I have in years,” Lisa raves. “In terms of trying to lose weight, I was really just spinning my wheels before I discovered Dr. Mejia. He unlocked the secret to a healthier and happier me.”
That is one of Dr. Mejia’s goals. His practice is not only about helping people who are having trouble losing weight but about helping people manage everything from diabetes to autoimmune issues.
“While many culprits contribute to weight loss resistance, I find addressing hormonal imbalances helps many patients lose stubborn weight and keep it off,”
Dr. Mejia reports. “Once we put someone on a program, I typically see them again about four or six weeks later, and the majority come back to me feeling happier. They’re more focused, their aches and pains are better and they’re leaner and losing weight. They come to me for weight loss, but at the end of the day, it’s how they feel inside that’s most important.”

*Patient’s name withheld at her request
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