Why You Can’t Lose Weight: Part 1 with Dr. Raynette Ilg, ND

In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Dr. Raynette Ilg, ND (aka: Dr. Ray) discusses the underlying reasons why you can’t lose weight.

Dr. Ray explains how finding and addressing the root cause of your weight problem can tip the scales (no pun intended!) in the right direction.  She provides some great tips on uncovering the reasons for why you can’t lose weight, and explains why it’s important to get everything on your ‘insides’ balanced first so your weight can come off second.

If you can’t lose weight, despite doing everything right, it’s time to discover what’s out of balance deep inside your body and keeping you from reaching your weight-loss goals.

Dr. Ray is a naturopathic doctor, lecturer, and author of the hit book “Livin’ LaVida Grande: Why You Can’t Lose Weight” and has a second book coming out soon titled “Livin’ LaVida Grande: Which Diet Should I Chose”.

Main Questions Asked:

  • Why can’t people lose weight, or why do they continue to gain weight, despite doing all the right things, like eating healthy and exercising?
  • Why don’t the latest diets work, or why do the latest diets work only partially?
  • What are the adrenals glands?
  • What is a healthy, optimal weight?
  • How do you know where to get a patient started on the right track to their weight loss?

Key Points made by Dr. Ray:

  • Vitamin and mineral deficiency is a common reason why you can’t lose weight.
  • Magnesium supports 300 functions in the body, including glucose regulation, hormone balance, and proper sleep patterns.
  • Vitamin D deficiency is a huge component of weight problems.
  • Parasites, yeast overgrowth, bad bacteria can all contribute to toxicity and weight gain.
  • Following the latest diet trend may actually be feeding your ‘bad bacteria’ and cause small intestinal bacterial overgrowth or SIBO.
  • The 3 stages of adrenal burnout and how adrenal stress can start the vicious cycle of sweets, caffeine and carb cravings.
  • Neurotransmitter testing detects imbalances among major brain chemicals, and getting your neurotransmitters into balance helps weight loss.
  • More than 80% of your serotonin is made in your gut, so gut health is very important for weight loss.
  • You need to get healthy on the inside first and then the weight will come off!
  • Guidance and testing by a Functional Medicine Doctor or a Naturopathic Doctor is recommended so that the real root cause of your weight gain can be found and a tailored program can be developed just for you based on your specific needs.

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