Why Diets Don't Work: A Naturopathic Doctor's Perspective

According to conventional medicine, weight loss should be as simple as eating fewer calories than you burn. If you have tried dieting, you probably know it isn’t that simple. A naturopathic doctor recognizes that many other factors influence your weight loss success. Consult with a naturopathic doctor if you want to learn how to lose weight in a healthy, balanced way that enhances your overall well-being.

What is a Naturopathic Doctor?

People often turn to naturopathic doctors when conventional medicine has failed to improve their symptoms. A naturopathic doctor like Dr. Doug Cutler has a doctoral degree from an approved program in naturopathic medicine, which is a four year graduate program after college, and the highest medical degree similar to MD’s. Be careful to do your research as there are many who claim to be Naturopathic doctors who either just went to an online short study course, or who attended a less than a year program. 

Dr. Cutler has also trained in many other areas, focusing on environmental health and genetic variations. Naturopathic doctors recognize that each person has genetic and environmental factors that substantially affect their health. Naturopathic doctors help patients detoxify from and manage exposure to environmental toxins. They also design a detailed nutritional and lifestyle plan for each patient. 

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Why Diets Don’t Work: A Naturopathic Doctor’s Perspective

Diets don’t work because the weight loss basics used by conventional medicine have serious flaws. Many people attempt weight loss programs without really understanding what effect this has on the body, and some will lose some weight only to gain it back. Naturopathic doctors know that only a comprehensive, balanced lifestyle plan can achieve long-lasting weight loss

The Weight Loss Formula

The fundamental concept of diets relies on the idea that you will lose weight if you burn more calories than you eat. This is simply not true for everyone. If your body is out of balance, burdened with environmental toxins, and struggling with poor nutrition, the calories in and calories burned formula breaks down. 


Many diets pose a risk to your health. Cutting calories often means sacrificing vital nutrients that the body needs, and it can throw the metabolism into a state of imbalance. Diets can cause many health problems, and take a one-size-fits-all approach that puts your health at risk. 

Nutritional Deficiencies

Diets can deprive your body of essential nutrition. Not all calories give your body the same nutrients, and many diets restrict foods that offer significant health benefits. A naturopathic doctor will conduct tests to determine your nutritional needs and design a plan for you. 

Underlying Conditions

Many people struggle with stress, poor nutrition, toxins, and other factors that make weight loss difficult. Rather than simply telling you to stop eating as many calories, a naturopathic doctor will assess these health concerns and help restore your body’s balance. 

The Naturopathic Approach to Weight Loss

The naturopathic approach to weight loss takes into account factors including:

  • Genetic factors
  • Nutrition 
  • Food sensitivities 
  • Sleep quality
  • Stress
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Diabetes
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Environmental toxins
  • Lifestyle factors
  • Exercise 

When these factors have been addressed, weight loss becomes less difficult and happens without the unhealthy struggle of dieting

Take the Next Step

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Doug Cutler and his team of expert naturopathic providers to learn more about weight loss. Call us at (248) 663-0165 today! Cutler Integrative Medicine is dedicated to your health and well-being. 

Cutler Integrative Medicine is a premier award-winning wellness clinic that provides patients with unparalleled individualized naturopathic healthcare. Dr. Doug Cutler is a nationally renowned expert in Naturopathic medicine and has the highest training in his field, as well as in Environmental Medicine, IV Nutrient Therapy, and Detoxification. His ClubIV™ is one of the most extensive IV Nutrient Clinics in the country.

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