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The Top 6 Reasons You May Not Be Losing Weight

Tired of constantly dieting with little or no success? Have you tried practically everything?

Guess what? It may not be your fault.

When it comes to losing weight, there can be multiple factors working against you. Without knowing what they are and how to manage them, even your best efforts can be met with defeat. After all, it’s virtually impossible to wage war against an enemy you don’t know.

The good news is that the Progressive Medical Center team is made up of experts who can help figure out how to get you on track quickly. First, we’ll help you understand the primary reasons people struggle with weight loss, then explain how our customized programs are designed to address your needs specifically.

The Progressive Medical Solution isn’t just an opportunity to slim down, but a chance to have a therapeutic partnership designed to rebuild vitality and reduce the risk of chronic illness.


The thyroid affects every cell in the body, so if things aren’t functioning correctly, it’s a head-to-toe issue. This vital gland is responsible for regulating temperature, metabolism, and cerebral function – which result in increased energy and warmth. It also oversees the breakdown of fats, which result in weight loss and contribute to lower cholesterol.

The thyroid function can improve cerebral metabolism and prevents cognitive impairment. It relieves symptoms of thin, sparse hair, dry skin and thin nails. Patients treated with bioidentical hormone thyroid can expect to have more energy and an easier time with weight loss.


When you have tried every diet and exercise program with no success, it is time to check your hormones. The usual suspects you may know as estrogen and progesterone. These two require perfect balance and, when out of sync, trying to lose weight can seem like an uphill battle. And, to complicate things, managing hormones is very different for men than for women.

When a woman’s body no longer produces enough progesterone, she becomes “estrogen dominant.” This throws off the body’s metabolism and causes the thyroid to become dysfunctional. The bottom line is that you can diet and exercise religiously and still not see the results you want. When estrogen and progesterone are in proper balance, the body will eagerly respond to a proper diet and exercise.

For men, the reduction of testosterone can lead to major problems with weight loss. Many men report working out harder than they typically do without any results. Men with low testosterone or “Low T” may experience lower energy, a more difficult time recovering from workouts and report issues with osteoporosis. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) can help restore hormones to proper levels.


Adrenal glands are powerful endocrine regulators that help your body respond to stress while keeping those reactions in balance. They produce a number of hormones that protect us by releasing energy stores and sharpening our senses.

These responses allow the body to defend itself, escaping an emergency or threat. In the most extreme cases of adrenal fatigue, the sufferer is literally unable to manage life, sleeping most of the day and night. And since adrenal fatigue affects every organ and system in your body, the ability to metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins is greatly affected which often results in weight gain.

If you have too little cortisol, you may suffer from fatigue, chronic fatigue, exhaustion and a disease of the endocrine system called Addison’s disease. If your adrenal glands are producing too much cortisol, you may develop conditions such as weight gain, especially around the abdomen, depressed immune function with all of the consequences, accelerated aging and stomach ulcers.

4. Does Your Liver Play a Role?

As the largest internal organ, the liver is also the body’s hardest worker. Known as the primary filter, the liver is responsible for removing toxins from the blood and producing bile to aid digestion. But it is also in charge of breaking down fat and for the absorption of fat- soluble vitamins, along with balancing sugar levels and hormones.

With everything the liver is taxed with managing, it’s easy to see how overloading it with sugar, trans fats, chemicals, toxins, alcohol, etc., would make it more difficult to perform the many vital functions.

An overworked liver can not only hinder weight loss efforts, but also severely impact the function of every organ in the body. If the ability for the liver to break down fat is compromised, weight gain occurs – plain and simple.

Getting the liver function back on track through medically supervised detoxification can be the key to losing the extra pounds. Making the necessary adjustments through diet and supplementation, chances are much better of keeping them off too.

5. Food Allergies and Intolerances Can Play a Big Role.

Most people are familiar with food allergies, the most common of which are peanuts, tree nuts (such as walnuts, pecans and almonds), fish, and shellfish, milk, eggs, soy products, and wheat.

This is literally the immune system’s defense response to something it views as harmful and symptoms develop when the antibodies are battling the “invading” food. The dramatic response occurs when the body mistakes an ingredient in food, usually a protein as harmful, and creates a defense system (antibodies) to fight it.

Food intolerance is a digestive system response rather than an immune system response. It occurs when something in a food irritates a person’s digestive system or when a person is unable to properly digest or breakdown, the food. Intolerance to lactose, which is found in milk and other dairy products, is the most common food intolerance.

The response is often delayed and although not life-threatening, can lead to a number of unpleasant symptoms that lead to long-term illness and disease.

Both food allergies and intolerance can lead to water retention, bloating and of course, extra pounds. Some patients have found that simply by eliminating certain foods from their diet they were able to see pounds start to lose weight.


Is your DNA keeping you from losing weight? It’s definitely possible. We are all unique and that’s exactly why the genetic testing we do at Progressive Medical Center is so important to understand just how we can help. The results offer personalized guidance for people in search of evidence-based insights on how their genes may impact their long-term health and wellness.

Because genetics play a major role in predisposition to diseases, our tests provide important personalized information that will help you live healthier, based on your genotype. Thanks to new advances in genetic science, you can finally discover the exact steps you need to improve your health.


At Progressive Medical Center, we consider a customized approach the key to success. We work together – in a true partnership – that is not only designed to help you lose weight, but also to provide useful insight into your overall health and long-term well-being.

The process begins with cutting-edge diagnostics that tell us all about you and from there a program is tailored to you as an individual. We assess the interactions between genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence weight, but also impact long-term health and ultimately reduce your risk for complex, chronic disease.

The Progressive Medical Solution is a medically supervised weight loss plan that includes:
  • Genetic testing to determine how your genes may be affecting your weight and personalized nutrition and exercise programs based on results.
  • Natural hormone balance with Bioidentical Hormone therapy compounded specifically to patients’ needs.
  • Gastrointestinal testing to determine food allergies and various gut health issues preventing weight loss.
  • Detoxification to support healthy hormone metabolism.
  • Nutritional supplements support healthy metabolism and weight loss.

If you are ready to stop the cycle of dieting and are ready to lose weight, we are you. We can find the reason your body is holding on to stubborn weight and help you lose it for good. Our programs are customized for each individual and based on proactive, preventative healthcare and a partnership for life.

For more information or to schedule an appointment in Atlanta, call 770-676-6000, or contact us today!.