By Lauren Denos: 1/15/2015 (Ask Lauren)

Dear Lauren,

I have been looking for answers for what is going on with my health. I am really good with my diet, (I eat lean proteins, tons of vegetables, a little fruit and low amounts of brown rice, quinoa and yams for carbs). I am also getting plenty of exercise in. I exercise 5-6 days a week doing a combination of running, cycling, yoga and weight training. Yet despite all this, my body fat keeps going up, my energy levels are low and I don't know what else I can do. I am getting very depressed about this. Have you dealt with this kind of situation before and what can I do?

Thank you for any help you can give,


Dear Loni,

First of all, you need to be working with a doctor. You may wind up having to be referred out to some specialist before you get the answer, but it is worth the time and effort. A couple of things you may want to discuss with your doctors is testing your hormone levels including your cortisol. I have seen people who could not drop weight no matter what they did due to too much cortisol. The elevated cortisol also caused other problems including fatigue. Now if it is indeed cortisol, then you can take supplements to help with that. But you would also have to work with some stress reduction strategies. High stress in the body can boost the cortisol levels in the body and cause a host of other problems as well. Reducing your stress is just a good idea no matter what is going on with your health.

You could be eating foods that you think are healthy, but you are having a reaction to and causing you to bloat, which gives the appearance of gaining weight. If these foods are stressing the body out enough, you could actually be gaining weight from it.

I cannot give you any solid answer since I do not know all of the circumstances. It really could be anything. Find a doctor you like. Someone who will listen to you and help you find the answers you seek. You want a doctor who is open to looking at all different avenues of what this could be. It is also really helpful to get online and research the symptoms you have so that when you go to the doctor you already have a few ideas to work with. This does not mean that whatever you find is right. It is just some ideas to help the process along. While researching, though, do not jump to conclusions.

Just remember that there is an answer for what is going on and you will find it. You need to be patient in the meantime. Just do what you can to workout (but not too hard), eat well, manage your stress and get plenty of sleep. You will get through this!




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