If you want to lose weight, there are two main components: diet and exercise. But, what if we told you there's another, big factor at play. If you ignore it, that could be the reason you're not dropping the pounds.
Dr. Michael Robb isn't your typical chiropractor. His background is in nuclear engineering.
So, when he treats the body, "I look at it from an engineering perspective."
Dr. Robb practices a highly-specialized form of chiropractic that doesn't involve rotational manipulation.
"We focus on restoring joints that are out of alignment, that affect the physiology and the person's body, like chronic pain, arthritis, and other things."
Those "other things" include weight loss. He says when your body isn't aligned, your organs are thrown out of whack and that can be the reason you're not losing weight.
"We see mechanical trauma in this area," explains Dr. Robb, as he references an X-Ray from one of his patients. Then, he points noticeable black areas which he says indicates adverse physiology of the large intestine.
Once he corrects the mechanical problem, "We see better physiology of the organs of digestion. Then, they're going to get more benefit from their diet."
Speaking of diets, Dr. Robb and certified nutritionist Judy Nicassio say forget everything you think you know.
Cleanses and detoxes?
"A detox is supposed to allow those fat cells to open up and release toxins. However, those do accumulate in the liver," explains Dr. Robb.
Fat free and sugar free?
"They found out these low fat diets, the foods had so much sugar," says Nicassio. Dr. Robb also points out that anything "free" means that some kind of genetic modification has been done to it.
What about weight loss pills?
"Jacking up your blood pressure, increasing your heart rate. These can cause injuries, says Dr. Robb."
When it comes to fasting, Dr. Robb says, "Intermittent fasting is good for the large intestine, the small intestine, the digestive system."
And fruits aren't always a safe choice.
"We have to be careful, because fruit is still a sugar," explains Nicassio.
Of course, everyone's health needs are unique. So, it's important to ask questions and figure out which diets and treatments are right for you.