She had had a baby a few years prior and just couldn’t get the weight off. She had been a model and fitness expert and for the first time was asking for help because she truly felt stuck. She didn’t understand why decreasing calories and increasing exercise didn’t work like it used to before she had these life changes, which led to extreme frustration of not understanding the changes her body was experiencing.
I told her we needed to get lab work and plan on a course of committing to months of work to realign her metabolic hormones and she just looked at me in frustration.
I could almost feel her anxiety.
“Can’t you just make a weight loss pill that will help me lose weight.”
I laughed to myself and though if I had a magic pill that I suspected she was asking for, I would be on a private island rolling in dough. But then I thought about what she was asking. I really saw and heard her in that moment and something just clicked. I knew she was just asking for help. Not a fix. Not a miracle. Just some help. She had the discipline clearly from her past. She just wanted something to help her get her metabolism firing again. And I realized that I did have the answers. I just needed to put them together.
I had seen the frustration of patients over the years, especially when they were more than willing to make changes, they were just frustrated because the changes never really made that much difference when their metabolic fire was out.