Natural & Holistic Weight Loss Treatments & Solutions
Our functional medicine approach to weight gain recognizes that losing weight is more than just counting calories. It’s about taking a whole-person approach that considers every aspect of your health.
People gain weight for different reasons – involving hormones, metabolism, thyroid function, emotions, toxin build-up, etc. That’s why at Thrive Naturopathic we take a comprehensive approach to weight management, focusing on your unique health needs as an individual – helping you balance your body, reduce inflammation, etc.
If you’ve struggled to lose weight and keep it off then our naturopathic approach might be right for you. Instead of putting you on crash diets and confusing eating plans, we make weight loss sustainable, simple and enjoyable – a lifestyle change you can maintain for the rest of your life. And you will be eating real foods – not gimmicky protein powders and artificial food products.
Schedule a Discovery Call with the Thrive team to see how we can help you with your weight loss goals. We’re located in Alexandria and work in-person and virtually throughout the Washington DC area.
Reasons to Lose Weight
At Thrive Naturopathic, we see weight gain as a health issue. In many cases, it’s a symptom of something deeper going on under the surface. We want you to lose weight to avoid serious chronic disease and improve your quality of life for years to come.
Lose Weight with the Help of Functional Medicine and Naturopathy
Excess weight is a risk factor for chronic diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and certain types of cancer. By losing weight, you can reduce your risk of these diseases and improve your overall health.
Reduce the risk of chronic disease
Excess weight puts a strain on joints and reduces your mobility – leading to a less active life. The key to robust health is to keep moving – so if your ability to move and exercise is compromised, it will affect your quality of life and longevity.
Improved mental health
Your weight can impact your mental health. By losing weight, you can feel strong and empowered in your body – increasing your sense of wellbeing and helping you take on life from a place of strength.
Losing weight decreases inflammation in your body – which improves your energy levels and reduce feelings of fatigue and lethargy.
Surprising Causes of Weight Gain
Lack of sleep
Not getting enough sleep can disrupt your body's hormonal balance, causing an increase in the production of the hunger hormone ghrelin and a decrease in the production of the satiety hormone leptin. It also increases the stress hormone cortisol This can lead to overeating, impaired blood sugar regulation and weight gain.
Toxin accumulation in the body is actually a fairly common reason for stubborn weight gain. Most environmental toxins in modern life are fat-soluble and get stored in our fat cells. The body does not want to utilize the energy in those fat cells (fat is just stored energy) because the toxins can be released and move through the blood into the brain. That is why gentle and safe detoxification of your body is often essential to weight loss.
When you are under stress, your body produces the hormone cortisol, which can increase your appetite and lead to overeating. Additionally, stress can cause you to reach for comfort foods that are high in calories and fat, leading to weight gain. Your treatment plan will actively and passively help reduce stress. What this means is that we will work with you on healthy mindsets while also ridding your body of toxins, supporting brain health and promoting stress-reducing activities.
Processed Foods and Artificial Sweeteners
While artificial sweeteners may seem like a good alternative to sugar, research has shown that they can actually cause weight gain. This is because they can disrupt the body's ability to regulate calorie intake, leading to overeating and weight gain. We will also work with you to develop a robust nutrition plan. Did you know too many processed foods can throw your hormones out of balance and change the way your body functions? A nutrition partner is an excellent help!
At Thrive Naturopathic, We Promote Education Around Health and Weight Loss
At Thrive Naturopathic, we believe that education is key to weight loss. We want to teach you about how your body works and how to make informed decisions that support your health goals. Our practitioners will work with you to understand how your body handles food, stress and metabolic function. Armed with this knowledge, you can make the right choices for your body, leading to long-term weight management success.
Achieve long-term, sustainable Weight Loss with Functional Medicine
We believe that long-term weight loss is only possible with a holistic approach that understands weight gain as a consequence of imbalance in the body. You get healthy to lose weight – not the other way around. Our functional medicine practitioners take a personalized approach to weight management, creating a sustainable treatment plan that keeps weight off for good. We can help you regulate hormones to keep your metabolism in check, create a proper nutrition plan that fuels your body and offer various fitness recommendations to keep your body active.
If you’re ready to take the first step towards a healthier you, sign up for a Discovery Call with Thrive Naturopathic. We’re located in Alexandria and serve the entire Washington DC region virtually and in-person. Our team is here to help you achieve your weight management goals – naturally and sustainably!