woman suffering from chronic inflammation during weight loss journey

Losing weight is a unique experience for everyone. With contrasting bodies, lifestyles, and abilities, assuming one method works for all is illogical. Various components are associated with weight loss. Though repeatedly stated, exercise and a healthy diet are not the only lifestyle adjustments contributing to losing weight.

Depending on the body, there could be multiple reasons why you’re not shedding pounds while practicing regular exercise and dieting. One substantial contributor to weight gain is chronic inflammation, a health issue that can interfere with losing weight, among other issues. 

What Is Chronic Inflammation? 

There are two stages of inflammation. Acute inflammation is the body’s defense against an irritant. Chronic inflammation builds over time as your immune system tries to attack a long-term health issue or one that is not present anymore.

Although serious diseases can cause chronic inflammation, they’re not the only cause. Certain aspects of your lifestyle can also lead to this issue, such as stress, weight gain, environmental toxins, poor diet, alcohol consumption, and smoking.

However, with a few lifestyle changes, chronic inflammation can be reduced or go away altogether.

Does Chronic Inflammation Cause Weight Gain?

Chronic inflammation and weight gain are so closely related that they sometimes reflect a cause-and-effect relationship. Inflammation in the body can lead to insulin resistance. This resistance is possible because inflammatory compounds impair how insulin performs. As a reaction to the compounds and insulin counter-acting, glucose levels rise, and fat accumulates in the liver, further contributing to weight gain and insulin resistance.

Both weight gain and inflammation impair the production of another critical hormone called leptin, which functions in the brain as a messenger to regulate metabolism and manage appetite. Low leptin levels slow your metabolism, making you feel hungry and further hindering weight loss efforts.

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3 Ways to Lose Weight with Chronic Inflammation

Struggling with chronic inflammation and weight gain can feel like a vicious, never-ending cycle, but there’s still hope for losing weight. There are many tactics to decrease body inflammation, which can further aid weight loss, including exercising regularly, quitting smoking, finding relief from stress, and more.

Mirabile M.D. also offers a variety of different options to help you through your weight loss journey. These include the following:

1. Personalized Nutrition Program

Every weight loss journey is different, which is why it’s important to have a personalized nutrition program tailored to your body. This is especially important for those with chronic inflammation, since eating certain foods can either help or hinder your weight loss efforts.

Unfortunately, most foods you’ll find at the grocery store are highly processed. You’ll need to make strategic decisions about what you put in your body. Chemicals, coloring, added sugars, and other compounds in processed foods can irritate your digestive system. 

Switching out these foods for whole foods can help reduce inflammation, thereby aiding weight loss. Any foods containing antioxidants or probiotics can help; examples of these include fatty fish, berries, and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli or cauliflower.

At Mirabile M.D., our nutrition program is centered around eating whole foods and prioritizing hydration. This program combines a protein base with vegetables and fruits that are high in fiber and healthy fats.

The program itself is tailored to your body composition and goals. This means that whatever background you are coming from, Mirabile M.D. will meet you there with the right diet and nutrition guidance. Our nutritionists can also modify your plan at any time to ensure a healthier lifestyle for you moving forward.

2. Semaglutide

Semaglutide is a self-administered weekly injection that is typically used to control blood sugar levels for those with type 2 diabetes. This medication was recently approved for weight loss, as it was discovered that individuals taking higher doses were losing weight.

The hormone glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) is responsible for regulating a person’s blood sugar. Semaglutide works by mimicking this hormone, ultimately slowing down the release of sugar into the blood. In turn, this leads to slower gastric emptying and suppresses appetite.

Semaglutide is a self-administered drug and is a great way to control hunger during your weight loss journey. However, it may not be for everyone, so it’s important to consult with your provider before trying this medication.

3. Vitamin & Mineral Injections

Vitamin and mineral injections can support weight loss efforts by increasing your metabolism and energy levels. If you’re struggling to lose weight because of inflammation, these injections are a great way to ensure you are getting the vitamins you need. They also help support your immune system.

Mirabile offers many vitamin injection options, including:

One of our providers at Mirabile M.D. can help you decide which vitamin injections are the best for your weight loss journey.

It can be hard to lose weight when suffering from chronic inflammation. Fortunately, there are plenty of options to try that can help support your weight loss efforts and bring successful results.

At Mirabile M.D., our medical weight loss team is here to assist you with personalized weight loss solutions. We will work with you to create a program tailored to your needs and goals. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.