Jayne Hopper, Nutritionalist at Back 2 Balance, sees clients from all over Brighton and Hove at our chiropractic clinic. In her latest blog post, she gives her top 5 reasons that you may not be losing weight.


Anybody that knows me, knows that I don’t believe in diets. There are so many of them out there and they all promise you your ideal weight, or for you to look like a super skinny model celebrity type. But it’s just not realistic, and then we beat ourselves up because our goals are just too big and impossible to achieve? There are cabbage diets that make you smell or low carbohydrate diets that eventually restrict your energy. My particular dislikes are the high protein diets which makes your blood and tissues so acidic that it opens you up to a high risk of osteoporosis, kidney damage and eventually heart disease from the excess saturated animal fat. These high protein diets work initially as you cut out a lot of the refined carbohydrates like gluten which many people are sensitive and intolerant to. The most common foods people are intolerant to are usually starchy or sugary in nature such as wheat, corn, cows milk, refined sugar and potatoes. Try cutting these from your diet and see if the weight drops off, I’m sure it will! Don’t be tempted to reach for the ‘fat pills’ either. These ‘miracle’ pills claim that you can eat a cheeseburger and fat will be blocked from it, therefore you won’t gain any weight. This is definitely not the way to improve your health, and like low-fat diets, they can stop you absorbing essential fats (the healthy fats), plus other fat soluble nutrients that depend on fats to be transported into the body, such as vitamins A, D, E and K. Weight loss is best done slowly and for the long haul if you want to improve not just your weight, but your health too.

So why do we come crashing down off our ‘diets’ with an almighty bump? Why can’t we stick to a healthy way of eating? Here are my thoughts why:

1) Is it a limiting belief that you can’t lose weight?

Possibly. So why don’t you change that? I practise Neuro Linguististic Programming (NLP) which is a tool to understand and rethink how an individual makes sense of the nlpworld. NLP studies the individual experiences of a person’s thoughts, actions and feelings, as we are all very unique and react to certain stimulants and situations differently. The interactions or ‘programming’ that goes on between the brain, (neuro), our language, (linguistics) and our bodies are responsible for our behaviour, whether it be ineffective or effective. Certain beliefs that we have carried around for years, shape our behaviour, our decisions and ultimately our actions. These beliefs can hold us back and form limiting beliefs which can affect our day to day living and stop us from achieving our goals or gaining our maximum potential.
NLP can enable you to improve how you think, feel and behave. You will be given an understanding and insight into how you may be holding yourself back from reaching your full potential and optimising your health. Techniques will be provided that will allow you to quickly achieve positive results and set you on a pathway that will reap many benefits for your health and wellbeing. With my expert nutrition advise and certain mapping techniques, together we can turn your weakness (e.g chocolate) food into something you detest.

2) Is your thyroid under active?

Your thyroid controls your metabolic rate so if this is running slow then everything else will be in your body. Here are the other possible signs and symptoms, as well as weight gain for hypothyroidism (low thyroid). (You may only suffer a few of them):
Slow pulse
Hoarse voice, slowed speech
Goitre (caused by swollen thyroid gland)
Sensitivity to cold
Dry, scaly, thick, coarse hair
Numbness in fingers or hands
Confusion, depression, dementia
Menstrual problems
In children, slowed growth, delayed teething, and slow mental development

webmd_rm_photo_of_thyroid_diagramYour GP will only test Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) and if this is in the parameters of medical health, he will say that it is ok. However there are many more tests that you can do through a Nutriitonal therapist like myself which will give us a clearer idea of what is going on. Also a Nutritional therapist’s parameters are different, meaning that we know that if the results for TSH are lower than 13 or 14 and they have some of the above symptoms, then it needs further investigations. These tests will not be done by your GP as they are too expensive for the NHS.

There is a simple test you can do at home called the basal temperature test. This is not guaranteed to predict hypothyroidism but it may give you an idea: Before going to bed place a thermometer within easy reach, and as soon as your alarm goes off in the morning, trying not to move too much, place it under your arm and press snooze. Check and write down the temperature after the second alarm. Do this for 3-4 days whilst you are NOT on your period, ladies. If the temperature is 36.4 or less, there is a chance that you could have an under active thyroid.

3) Are you exercising enough?Athlete Eating an Apple

You need to get your metabolism going! Do something you enjoy and bring someone
along with you. Try a personal trainer, they will know how to push you and ensure that you are doing everything correctly.

4) Are you balancing your blood sugar levels out?

Eating a healthy balanced diet with protein will balance your blood sugar levels out.
Because of our increased love of refined sugary, starchy foods, our bodies are overproducing insulin to try to balance loss of sensitivity in our cells. Insulin causes excess sugar to be converted into fats and excess insulin then prevents that fat from being released by the body. Not only will this person pile on the weight, but also the insulin resistance can eventually lead to full-blown diabetes. Avoid this by cutting down on refined carbohydrates, white bread and rice, croissants, danish pastries, meat pies, deserts, anything with pastry, burgers, pizzas and melted cheese-type-snacks.

Mixed NutsTop tip

Eat a small handful of nuts ( 5/6 almonds) when you eat a piece of fruit to balance blood sugar levels out.

5) Are you drinking enough water?

Drink lots of herbal teas and at least 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. Water suppresses appetite and helps prevent fat being deposited in the body; it reduces water retention and encourages toxins to be flushed through the body.

In conclusion, aim to eat 6-7 portions of vegetables and 2-3 portions of fruit a day to alkalise your blood and get enough fibre to move everything nice and smoothly out of the body taking toxins with it. Vegetables will keep you feeling full and enable you to snack as much as you want guilt free. By all means have a treat, once a week or so, but once you start losing weight and stop eating refined carbohydrates and sugars all the time, your need for them will gradually disappear. Good luck in your healthy eating plan for the future.