Imagine the shock of a weight loss expert gaining weight. It can happen to anyone and the answer is always getting to the root cause and recommitting. Don’t judge, berate or punish yourself with negative self talk. It only serves to hurt and not help. Let your vision of vibrant health, being slim and looking great in a fabulous outfit draw you closer to your goal. You owe it to yourself to care for your body like a precious classic of immeasurable value. So when you need to lose weight, be conscientious, commit and create an environment that supports you

It’s not just calories that count

I am happy to see that there are a lot of new books, some on the NY Times Bestseller list touting what I have been advising and practicing for years. We gain weight and age because of inflammation, glycation (sugar binding to protein) and oxidation as well as hormone imbalances. Food is the culprit or cure for all of these reactions that if left unchecked can create havoc with your hormones and incite illness.

It’s not just the quantity or the calorie count of foods that makes weight loss difficult; it’s the type and quality of the food that can cause reactions in your body that cause weight gain, inflammation and illness. Food intolerances cause inflammation and glycation. Both of these accelerate oxidation as well as raise cortisol and insulin, hormones that make you pack on the pounds. Many weight loss doctors or programs utilize what I call fake food: processed soy protein with additives, preservatives, artificial flavors and sweeteners in small portions. You can lose weight but be left metabolically worse off and lose muscle mass causing a rebound gain in weight.

Food that makes you fat and ill

A medically supervised weight loss program can help you get to the root cause of why you are gaining weight and examine your genetics and the biomarkers in blood, saliva, urine or cheek swabs. These tell you how your body is reacting metabolically and how it is programmed. Medical weight loss physicians are able to tailor diet and supplement plans to bypass or eliminate metabolic blocks that are hampering your weight loss efforts.

However, there are many things you can do on your own. Eliminating some common foods that cause you to become a metabolic mess can transform your health. Toxic buildup over time, reliance on processed foods with additives and preservatives, aging and loss of enzymes as well as food engineering takes it toll on your metabolism. You can reverse this and renew by eliminating the major pound packers that also cause many other symptoms such as:

Artificial sweeteners
Fruit juice

The symptoms they cause

Abdominal pain
Joint aches
Mental Fog
Nasal congestion
Skin reactions
And more…

If you have any of these symptoms, they can be relieved by an elimination diet known by many other names such as detoxification, cleanse or whatever the jargon is at the time. Don’t worry, you won’t get diarrhea, it’s not that kind of cleanse. The trick is that you have to eliminate ALL of the possibilities COMPLETELY for at least two weeks, then reintroduce them systematically in large quantities and note if any symptoms return. Many people can return to eating these foods infrequently in small quantities after a period of abstinence.


The best part is that you not only heal a lot of what ails you, weight is released and energy and vitality are unleashed. It helps to get support so as not to become overwhelmed. There are a lot of versions of this type of diet. Choose a practitioner or source you can trust. It helps to combine this with detoxifying supplements and herbs as toxins released from fat can cause reactions. Having a medical weight loss physician who can measure your biomarkers and personalize your diet and supplements to address the root cause of weight gain can help you take it off and keep it off for good. Start on your own and if you need support, find a doctor well versed in metabolic medicine.

Author's Bio: 

Lorraine Maita, MD is a recognized and award winning physician and author-transforming people’s lives through preventive and anti aging medicine. She is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Anti Aging and Regenerative Medicine and Board Certified in Internal Medicine and has over 20 years experience in Preventive Health and Wellness, Internal, Occupational and Travel Medicine and Executive Health.

Dr. Maita served as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Prudential Financial, Medical Director on The Pfizer Health Leadership Team and Medical Director of North America for Johnson & Johnson Global Health Service and was an attending physician at St.Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital, Emergency Department and Executive Health Examiners in New York City. She is a consultant for companies wanting to develop or enhance their employee and occupational health and wellness programs and has a private practice in Short Hills, NJ. She is author of “Vibrance for Life: How to Live Younger and Healthier.”

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