Exercise and Diet Alone Don’t Equal Weight-Loss


With the summer months upon us, many people are looking for weight-loss strategies.

The top 2 strategies people are aware of are:

  1. Change in Diet
  2. Increase in Exercise (For more info on a great place to get proper exercise, check out the post: Best Gym in the DTC)

It’s no secret…these strategies for weight-loss are extremely important.

But are they everything?

In reality, there is actually one other factor that plays a HUGE role in weight-loss…

In order to explain, I’m going to share a story with you.

Arielle came in to see us when we still practiced in San Diego.  She wasn’t the average person to walk through our doors.  In fact, when she first arrived at the office, she told me she didn’t know why she was there, except that Kenny, her husband, told her she “had to come in.”

Kenny had experienced dramatic improvement in his shoulder and overall comfort levels, so he wanted his wife to experience what Neuro-Structural chiropractic care could do for her as well.

Arielle was a very healthy person to begin with.  She got tons of exercise, ate very well, and got all her other core requirements.  The only thing she was missing was a healthy functioning nervous system.  She’d never received Neuro-Structural Chiropractic care and when we did our initial testing, it showed.

Now, Arielle was interested in getting her body to perform and function as close to 100% as possible, so getting her nervous system to work at a higher level made sense to her.

Below are the SEMG assessments we ran on Arielle.  The top row is where she was when she first came in to see us.

What we’d like to see when we conduct an SEMG assessment is for the bars to be colored either green or pink.

What this means is the brain is not having to work very hard to keep the body straight and upright.  If there is any shifting in the spine, or core problems in the nervous system, it means the brain will work very hard to try and keep the body upright.

The reason it’s a problem is because if the brain is spending tons of energy on keeping the body upright, it has much less energy and power to run the rest of the body (heart, lungs, digestion, etc.)

Arielle's weight-loss SEMG

As you can see Arielle had a lot of reds and yellows during her first examination.

The second row is her SEMG analysis after 2-months.  As you can see in the following assessment, she has a LOT MORE greens and pinks present.  Also, there are no more reds!

With this objective testing, it’s very easy to see that Arielle’s nervous system was functioning MUCH BETTER!

The coolest thing about her story occurred about 1-month into the corrective process.

When we were reviewing her progress, Arielle told me, “I haven’t changed anything else in my life except coming to see you, and I’ve lost 12-pounds!”

Keep in mind, weight-loss was never discussed between us until this moment, but come to find out Arielle had been trying to lose weight for over a year without success!  Remember, she was eating extremely well and exercising – sometimes twice per day!

So, why did she begin losing weight once she came to see us?

Because we’re weight-loss experts disguised as Neuro-Structural Chiropractors?!

Far from it.

We’re experts in the nervous system.  And the nervous system controls all the hormones in the body.

Therefore, if the nervous system isn’t functioning properly, there’s no way the hormones will either.

When people think about weight-loss they typically think about 2 of the 3 components (diet and exercise).  Most disregard, or are not aware that hormones play a HUGE role-if not the largest factor in losing weight.

Without proper balance of leptin, ghrelin, insulin, and all other hormones involved in weight-loss, it doesn’t matter what sort of diet or exercise regimen you’re on, you will not be able to lose the weight you desire.

For more information, here’s an article discussing all the hormones involved in weight loss: Link to Huffington Post article

Have you been doing everything you can to lose weight?  Are the stubborn pounds still there?

An imbalance in hormones may be contributing to your struggle.