Could a Metabolic Disorder be Hindering Your Weight-Loss Success?

Are you cutting calories and stepping up your exercise routine, but the scale is not budging? There may be a reason for that. You may have a metabolic disorder.

Metabolism is the process whereby your body turns the food you eat into energy. Enzymes in your body break down proteins into amino acids, fats into fatty acids, and carbohydrates into simple sugars. These acids and sugars provide fuel for all the cells in your body that help you move, think, and grow.

Metabolic disorders are a group of disorders that interfere with your metabolic process. Many of these disorders are inherited, with a faulty gene or enzyme passed down from one family member to another, and others develop over time. Some people just have slow metabolisms, or their excess weight slows down their metabolism.

Metabolic Disorders That Can Affect Your Weight

People with high or fast metabolisms generally tend to be thinner. People with slower metabolisms, whether as the result of a genetic disorder or not, have more difficulties losing weight. Hormonal imbalances can also contribute to metabolism issues and weight gain.

Common types of metabolic disorders that can make it difficult to lose weight include:

Cushing’s syndrome

People with Cushing’s syndrome have a condition whereby their body produces too much cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone responsible for many bodily functions including regulating your blood pressure, helping your body respond to stress, and promoting a healthy metabolism.

Symptoms of Cushing syndrome include weight gain, thin skin that bruises easily, and an excess of body or facial hair (in women).


Hypothyroidism is one of the most common metabolic disorders, especially in women over 60. The thyroid is a small gland in the back of your neck that produces hormones that regulate metabolism. Hypothyroidism is a condition in which your thyroid does not produce enough of these hormones.

In addition to weight gain, other symptoms of hypothyroidism include fatigue, depression, and joint pain.

Insulin resistance

Insulin is a hormone produced by your pancreas that helps glucose in your blood move to other cells in your muscles, fat, and liver to be used for energy. When insulin is insufficient or doesn’t work properly, the glucose builds up in your blood, leaving your other cells deficient of energy and your pancreas producing more insulin to help move the glucose along.

Insulin resistance can lead to prediabetes and eventually Type 2 diabetes when the glucose levels build up too much in your bloodstream.

Treating Metabolic Disorders to Improve Weight Loss

At Joyce Family Chiropractic and Wellness, Dr. John Joyce performs a comprehensive exam to determine what is hindering your weight loss. If he concludes that the cause is a metabolic disorder, he develops a personalized diet and exercise plan along with the proper medications and supplements to help remedy your hormonal imbalances and speed up your metabolism as well as your weight loss.

For more information on how metabolic disorders can affect your weight-loss efforts and what you can do about them, call Joyce Family Chiropractic and Wellness in Mount Greenwood, Illinois, or make an appointment online.

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