Natural Weight Loss Options
Being a healthy weight is more about feeling good in your body than the number on the scale. But how do you get there? Or, if you’ve already achieved your goal weight, how do you sustain it? With so much information out there, it can be hard to know what actually works versus what is just the newest in a series of ineffective fad diets.
We believe in a holistic approach to your health goals including weight loss. There are many paths to physical wellness and we offer natural solutions for each one. Every person’s body and goals are unique, so we draw from our wide array of tools to customize a plan just for you!
Our stomach is a huge source of our health, so it’s often the first place we look to assess how to best help you lose weight. Common ailments such as leaky gut and food sensitivities, which can lead to digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, diarrhea, malabsorption of nutrients and inflammation, all of which can make it difficult to lose weight.
But how do you discover if these are problems you face? And what do you do if they are?
Here at JWP, we start our patients’ journey with comprehensive blood tests and stool samples to evaluate hormones, vitamins and your unique intestinal microbiome (the small good and not-so-optimal bacteria that reside in your gut). After an initial consultation with a licensed medical provider to determine the best tests for you, the blood draw can be done in-office and the stool sample can be done in the comfort of your own home. When the results are finalized, the provider will go over them with you and be able to guide you through dietary changes and any additional supplementation you’ll need to optimize your gut health.
“Abs are made in the kitchen,” is a common refrain on diet blogs, and while the sentiment is true, the final product can seem unattainable while you are struggling with late-night food cravings due to the stress in your professional and/or personal life. It’s harder to break bad habits than it is to start good ones. A solution we’ve seen a lot of success with in our patients is the ProLon Fasting Mimicking Diet. With an average of 5 pounds of weight loss and several inches off the waist, ProLon can be a great first step or helpful reset towards healthier eating habits. For the best anti-aging and youth-stimulation results, only 5 days a month for 3 months is needed to see clinically significant results.
You are what you eat, but you are also your genetic makeup. We all know – or maybe are – that one person who is very careful with what they eat, but still seems to struggle to lose weight. Your DNA can pay a huge role in what foods are best for you and which ones you should avoid. We use the best genetic testing out there via Wild Health. After an initial consultation with a licensed medical provider and an in-office blood draw, you’ll receive a personalized Wild Health Clarity Report to review with your provider. Wild Health takes a multilayer approach, so they’ll assess not just your genomics, but your current blood and vitamin levels, and lifestyle factors that influence your overall health. Your provider will walk you through the extensive results and create a health plan tailored to your needs.
Our hormones also play a major role in how and where we both lose and gain weight. The endocrine system – our body’s source of long-term development – is a complex array of hormone cascades that impact every aspect of our health, including our weight. A dysfunctioning thyroid, low testosterone levels or high estrogen levels can all lead to unexplained weight gain or inability to lose weight. Standard healthcare ranges leave many patients being told that their hormone levels are acceptable when in reality they are actually suboptimal. We strive to treat the individual, not the numbers. A routine round of bloodwork and hormone replacement therapy may be all that you need to shed the excess weight.
Physical health is intricately linked to mental health. We firmly believe in the mind-body connection and approach each patient’s wellness from a holistic point of view. We have seen patients physically benefit by optimizing their mental wellness first. Ultrasound-guided Stellate Ganglion Blocks (“nervous system reboots”) and Ketamine infusions are some alternative treatments available to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, which are common factors in weight gain or inability to lose weight.
We advise patients to speak with our providers about stellate ganglion blocks at Joy Wellness Partners, as we offer them here.
As far as ketamine infusions, we refer our San Diego patients to the skilled team at Resilience Integrative.
Along with treatments, feel free to ask Joy Wellness Providers about vitamins and supplements that enhance the quality of your sleep, which has been proven to positively impact your mental well-being.
One of the most exciting new treatment options in recent years is peptide therapy. Peptides are short-chain amino acids that have the ability to support and stimulate the body’s natural functions. We offer a package of them that target weight loss specifically. After a consultation with a licensed medical provider and a round of routine blood work to assess your current levels, you’ll walk away with a personalized treatment plan with individualized dosing.
The circulatory system is the fastest way to deliver beneficial vitamins to the body. We offer IV infusions that include MIC (Methionine, Inositol, Choline) to promote fat burning, L-carnitine to enhance lean muscle production, and B-12 to boost energy. For the best results, it is recommended to do a series of IV infusions over the course of a several weeks to a few months. You can discuss and develop a plan with a licensed medical provider during a complimentary 15-minute phone consult or in-person during your first scheduled appointment.
While a slightly less natural approach, the FDA approved of a drug last year for chronic weight management called semaglutide. Studies have shown that people struggling with being overweight or obese have lost from 6-12% of their intial body weight after doing injections of semaglutide for an extended period of time. A consultation with a licensed medical provider and a round of routine blood work is necessary to begin this treatment.
Whether you are looking to completely overhaul your relationship with food or you just want your jeans to feel a little less tight, we have a wide variety of options that can help support you in your weight loss goals!