FoundationMED feels that weight loss, not a temporary change in weight but true weight loss, must be realized in the context of the functional medicine approach
. Understanding and correcting underlying core clinical imbalances such as Leptin Resistance
is the key to success - working closely with our patients to do so. This is not a templated "program" but a physician supervised journey to improve core clinical imbalances and thus lose weight and improve health.
Obesity has long been considered a problem of calories and lack of exercise ("gluttony and sloth"). As beautifully outlined in "Why We Get Fat" by Gary Taubes
, this is terribly shortsighted and just not supported by research. Many, if not most of the commonly available weight loss programs available are actually based on these erroneous principles.
This is why most weight loss programs do not ultimately work - they are treating the "symptom" (obesity) with a symptom-oriented "drug" (low calories/prepackaged 'foods' and the ever-present supplements and powders). The assumption being that you are taking in too many calories and not exercising enough. The problem is that it does not hold up in the court of scientific evidence - and don't even get me started on the use of "diet pills" - remember Phen-Fen?
So what is the appropriate approach? - sticking to the principles of functional medicine. Focusing on the overall fundamental clinical imbalances, fundamental physiologic processes, and mind and spirit.
We work with our patients to actually create a momentum towards health
. This is quite different then counting calories, eating prepackaged or predesigned foods, taking mandatory supplements and choking down powders and exotic mixtures.