Dr. Pamela Smith, ND 

Dr. Pam has a family practice at The Nest Family Wellness Centre which offers naturopathic and midwifery care. She combines science-based natural medicine with conventional medical therapeutics. Learn more about Dr. Pam and the services offered by her clinic here, or book an appointment at www.drpamelasmith.com.

Check out the latest Ask Dr Pam Q&A and posts by topic below as well as her health and wellness posts.

Ask Dr Pam   

I struggle to lose weight! Is there a reason why and how can I lose the last few unwanted pounds and keep it off?

This common phenomenon is often due to a hormonal imbalance in the body. Our hormones direct our body’s responses and metabolism; they are our chemical messengers that manage everything from mood, metabolism, appetite, cravings, and even where you store your fat. Some of the areas we look at include: sex hormones, thyroid, adrenal function, cortisol levels, and blood sugar control. Any form of hormonal imbalance will sabotage your efforts to lose weight no matter how much you exercise or restrict calories. 

Identifying your specific hormone imbalance could be the key to understanding why it seems impossible to lose those last few pounds. Consult your naturopathic physician to discover if a hormonal imbalance is the underlying cause of your weight gain.  

Check out this post for strategies to maintaining or obtaining your ideal weight.