Weight Loss, How Can a Naturopath Help? Your Questions Answered

Updated: Feb 24, 2021

While you've tried multiple weight loss plans none of them seem to work. You cringe in frustration at the thought of going on another diet or cleanse.

Plans that your primary care doctor has given you have not been enough to make the lifestyle changes you know you need to make.

You’ve heard that a naturopathic doctor can help with weight loss and bring back the health and vitality you’ve been missing.

In this article, we will cover the basis of naturopathic medicine, the naturopathic approach to weight loss, and what you can do to lose the weight for good.

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What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic doctors have trained as general physicians specializing in natural medicine.

Naturopathic medicine looks for the root cause of disease, such as:

  • nutritional deficiencies

  • digestive or organ imbalances which can create hormone and neurotransmitter alterations; and

  • inflammatory foods which can contribute to weight gain and the inability to lose weight.

Naturopathic medicine treats the whole person, taking into account factors such as:

  • Physical health

  • Mental health

  • Emotional health

  • Genetic background

  • Environmental health

  • Social health

  • And more.

Is There a Naturopathic Approach to Weight Loss?

Most general physicians use the old standby “calories in < calories out” to achieve weight loss.

Naturopathic doctors understand that this formula can be an oversimplification for some patients.

For patients who have had little success with conventional weight loss techniques over a significant amount of time, there is likely more going on than issues with “motivation” or “dedication” to the weight loss journey.

The naturopathic approach to weight loss is much more all-encompassing than the modern approach.

From a Naturopathic Doctor: Weight Loss Factors That Should Always Be Considered

You may have discussed weight with your primary care physician, or even a naturopathic doctor. Weight loss factors considered by both schools of thought are luckily quite similar.

A naturopathic doctor will examine a plethora of factors to find the specific cause of a patient’s resistant weight loss.

These factors include:

  • Family history and genes

  • Race or ethnicity

  • Age

  • Sex

  • Eating and physical activity habits

  • Relationship with food

  • Where you live, work, play, and worship

  • Family habits and culture

  • Sleep habits

  • Other medical conditions; and

  • Stress

  • Nutrient deficiencies