Are you weight loss resistant?

  • Do you have hard to control food cravings?
  • Do you have an allergy/sensitivity or craving for a specific food group?
  • Do you have a large appetite at certain times during the day?
  • Have you failed on 3 or more diets in the past?
  • Do you have a family history of obesity?
  • Are you under chronic stress?
  • Do you get less than 7 hours of sleep 2 or more nights a week?
  • Have you been diagnosed with hypothyroidism?
  • Are you taking prescription medications?
  • Are you sensitive to medications, smoke, chemicals or fumes?
  • Is your fasting glucose > 75?
  • Is your fasting insulin 7 or greater?
  • Is your hemoglobin A1C > 5.0?
  • Are your triglycerides > 100?
  • Are your HDLs < 50? Is your triglyceride:HDL ratio >3.1
  • Is your waist measurement > 35 (woman) or 40 (man)?
  • Is your waist:hip ratio > 0.08 (woman) or 1.0 (man)?
  • Is your body fat % > 32% (woman) or 22% (man)?
  • Do you have a BMR 20% or more below normal? Take axillary temp. for 5 days in a row and take the average. Normal is 97.7
  • Do you have low DHEA or testosterone levels?

Your Results
If you answered yes to even ONE of the above questions, you have identified factors that can contribute to difficulty losing weight and especially losing body fat and maintaining/increasing LBM.

If you have answered yes to 3 or more then you are moderately weight loss resistant (WLR), and if you have answered yes to 5 or more, you are very WLR.

This means that you must address your WLR and fix the problems to ensure that you can have successful long-term weight management.

What’s the most NOT talked about health problem effecting over half of all men ages 40 to 70?

Erectile DysfunctionThe answer is ED (Erectile Dysfunction).  The inability to achieve or sustain an erection for sexual activity is still an embarrassing subject for most men to discuss with their doctors, and as a result, don’t get the help that could resolve their problem.  With symptoms ranging from some degree of dysfunction to complete impotence, ED becomes more common as a man ages and has a wide range of effects on his life, impacting his personal relationships, as well as, his overall quality of life. read more

Male sexual arousal is truly a mind-body experience involving the brain, hormones, emotions, nerves, muscles and blood vessels, and any problem or combination of problems in these areas can result in ED.  The most common causes of ED are:

  • Heart Disease
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Diabetes
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Low Testosterone
  • Drug & Alcohol Abuse
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Stress
  • Certain Prescription Drugs (anti-depressants, anti-histamines,  blood pressure meds, pain meds)
  • Recreational drugs (cocaine, amphetamines, marijuana)
  • Smoking

Viagra, which appeared on the market in 1998, increased awareness and the number of men seeking treatment.  While it and other drugs like it (Cialis and Levitra) provide temporary relief from symptoms, they are expensive and do not offer a cure.  In addition, their side effects are an issue for concern.  There are several proven effective natural remedies that are relatively inexpensive, have no known side effects and provide additional health benefits as well, such as Pycnogenol, arginine and zinc, to name a few.

In addition to natural remedies, diet is extremely important in not only preventing but treating the symptoms of ED.  Anything that effects the heart effects the penis so a heart healthy diet is an important part of any effective ED protocol.  Lifestyle issues must be addressed as well for successful treatment, so smoking, excess alcohol and drug use must be addressed.  Finally, psychological factors such as anxiety, depression and stress all play a role in ED and should be considered.

As with any other condition, the best results are achieved when a whole patient management approach is used which includes diagnoses and treatment of underlying conditions, a dietary, lifestyle, and supplement program targeted at reducing/eliminating the health issues associated with ED and providing the nutrients that increase overall wellness and relief of ED symptoms.

Dietary Recommendations include:

  1. Eat adequate amounts of protein at every meal to stabilize blood sugar levels (aim for .8 – 1.0 gms. per lb. of bodyweight)
  2. Avoid sugar, refined carbohydrates and hydrogenated veggie oils.
  3. Eat a diet high in omega 3 fats including fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines.
  4. Eat testosterone raising foods such as eggs, oysters, salmon, cruciferous veggies (such as brussels sprouts, broccoli and cabbage), lean beef, poultry, beans, nuts and seeds, garlic and  organic dairy products.
  5. Drink plenty of pure filtered water daily.
  6. Eat 5-9 servings of fresh fruits and veggies daily.
  7. Avoid fried foods.

If you or your partner are experiencing symptoms of ED, please make an appointment to evaluate the health, dietary and lifestyle issues that may be at cause and get started on your path to improved wellness, sexual health and quality of life today.