Also it’s always recommended to bring your blood work report, so we can have a better assessment to rule out any autoimmune or thyroid diseases.
I always start with the two-day detox cleanse from Isagenix to rid the body of the fat that's been surrounding the extraneous toxins that are floating around in our bodies that the liver couldn't handle.
And then we talk about diet. I don't believe in "going on a diet" because we always fall off of them. But there are usually things that you can eliminate that will naturally bring your weight back into line, like processed sugars and carbs.
We also talk about thyroid function and get levels checked.
And of course we talk about the necessity of exercise, not only to maintain healthy body weight, but for stress reduction and blood pressure control, as well. I like the 30 minute workouts that you can get at many gyms. They consist of a set of machines that will work out every major muscle group, are fast and mindless, and can therefore be snuck into a busy schedule 3 to 4 times a week.
As we age, our metabolisms slow down making losing weight even harder. Having a healthy gut and using supplements like probiotics and food enzymes can also make a huge difference, not only in our ability to properly digest and use the food we eat, but also in our immunity to sickness.
It's all part of the web that is our body, each part connected to and affected by all the others. So most problems don't have just one solution. It's a "community" effort.
Don't give up!!
Discuss your situation with a licensed acupuncturist who works with weight loss patients as well as finding a nutritionalist and proper coach.
I'd suggest three things:
1. Pay a visit to your primary care physician and have some blood work done. Specifically, you're interested in thyroid levels. The thyroid produces hormones that have a lot to do with metabolism. If your thyroid hormone levels are low, you're going to have a difficult time managing weight.
2. Try some different types of diet. My experience with weight loss patients is there is no one diet that is best for everyone. Each person is unique and different diets are going to be more effective for different people. Calorie in vs calorie out is a vast oversimplification and rarely works for folks who want sustained weight loss.
3. Find an NCCAOM national board certified acupuncturist in your area who works with weight loss patients and has a fairly good track record. You can find local practitioners by going to www.nccaom.org and using their "Find a Practitioner" tool.