Every new year we watch new diets come to the forefront of wellness trends.

In the 70’s we saw Weight Watchers rise to the top. Then came fads like the Grapefruit Diet, the Cookie Diet (yes, it was a thing), and the Cabbage Diet.

More recently, regimes like Paleo, Whole30, Keto, and the Mediterranean Diet have emerged and gained subsequent marketing life. This year, the focus on interment fasting has taken up significant trending space.

All this goes to show that when it comes to diets, we have copious options and our cultural fixation with weight loss is nothing new. Time after time, it’s the most common resolution – with reason. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services 70% of adults are overweight or obese.

Weight gain may feel personally unpleasant and even more so, the associated health concerns are significant and vast. Obesity is a major risk factor for disease and is linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and sleep disorders.

Experts predict that on average only 5% of those aiming to lose weight will be able to keep it off in the long run. In part this is because dieting alone is like a Band-Aid. Certain diets may be effective to a degree (you might temporarily lose weight) but many popular diets fail to fully heal the underlying issues that caused the weight gain in the first place.

This is because your weight is not just linked to the food you eat or the calories you burn. Weight is a complex result of your hormonal pathways and systems that regulate your metabolism. Often being overweight (or underweight) is a symptom of underlying disfunction or hormonal imbalance in the body.

At Aligned Modern Health, our team of Functional Medicine experts are versed in uncovering what is causing your weight struggle. We are determined to help you fine tune your diet to your body’s exact needs. Instead of simply losing weight with us, you are actually going to be gaining health!

Unlike DIY diets, Functional Medicine gives you comprehensive support and looks at the big picture of your health, taking your entire body and lifestyle into account. This has a positive impact on the habitual areas of life that go beyond our diets but are key in maintaining a healthy weight – things like sleep and stress management that don’t always come to top of mind when we think of dieting.

Functional Medicine offers a safe and healthy pathway to weight loss. Our approach shifts the premier focus away from weight loss and body image alone (which can become a dangerous cycle within “weight-loss targeted diets”). Instead, we encourage you to look at all of the surrounding factors of your health. Instead of a quick fix approach, we work with you to map out goals that result in permanent lifestyle changes!

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