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Dieting for Weight Loss is a Big Fat Myth

How many of us have gone on diets to lose weight? Only to fail, gain it all back, or, worse, lose the weight but feel worse (remember the low fat diets of the last century? Yah, that happened to me!)…

Ultimately it’s all about optimizing body composition—the inevitable loss of fat that occurs when we live our lives in ways that best suit our unique genetics.

That’s right—the road to optimal body composition will be different for each and every one of us.

My client, Jenny, had to eliminate the many foods she was sensitive to, as well as improve nutrition and heal her gut. We focused all our energy and effort there. The stubborn excess body fat she’d struggled with for decades literally melted away in the process. No calorie restriction. No goal to lose weight.

Another client, Joe, had an impeccable diet and a hardcore workout regimen. But he was highly stressed, hated his job, was in constant conflict with his wife, and (duh!) had a hard time sleeping. We had to work to sort out the sources of his stress—his perfectionism and sense of shame for not achieving “enough.” As his new meditation practice, use of positive affirmations, and softening of his expectations expanded throughout his daily life, he felt better, calmer, slept better and longer, and the excess belly fat disappeared.

At my Center, we focus on total health from a whole person, Functional Medicine perspective—This is our approach to optimizing body composition. Every new client receives a personalized lifestyle plan and spends time with my Functional Nutritionist to learn the details of the food plan that best suits their needs. With this approach, weight and fat loss are never the true focus—optimal health is. For those who need it, however, fat loss is always the outcome.

Have a Beautiful day!


p.s. Looking for a sustainable strategy for optimizing body composition? My Functional Nutritionist colleague, Lisa Scranton, MS, RDN, LD, leads small group session where participants create personalized strategies for optimizing health and fat loss—all from a Functional Medicine perspective.

Follow this link for the details. Space is limited to keep the groups small and intimate. Private Face Book participation is included.

The Center for Medicine and Healing Arts

Karyn Shanks MD


Karyn Shanks, MD, is a physician who lives and practices in Iowa City. Her work is inspired by the revolutionary science of Functional Medicine, body-mind wisdom, and the transformational journeys of thousands of clients over her twenty-eight year career. She believes that the bones of healing are in what we do for ourselves.

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