Weight Loss Specialist


Aesthetics & Regenerative Medicine Specialists & Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapists located in Portland, OR

Experts estimate that more than half of Americans will be overweight, even obese, by 2030. Between a seemingly endless supply of fad diets and intense exercise programs, it’s easy to feel like you’ve already tried everything to lose weight. At Rise2Health in Portland, Oregon, Joshua David, ND, is committed to finding the underlying cause of your weight loss resistance, so you can work together to find the treatment that’s right for you. For more information on achieving weight loss, call Rise2Health, or book an appointment online.

Weight Loss Q & A

What is weight loss resistance?

Weight loss resistance is an inability to lose weight even though a person has taken all reasonable measures to do so.

Most people who struggle with weight loss resistance have tried a number of diets and exercise plans with little to no success. There are many reasons this occurs, from poor diet to hormonal changes.

What causes weight loss resistance?

Losing weight is difficult even if you’re a perfectly healthy individual. However, if you feel like you’ve been counting calories for months and hitting the gym every day, with little to show for it, you may be experiencing weight loss resistance.

Some of the most common reasons for weight loss resistance include:


Many people are genetically predisposed to hold onto extra weight. In addition, you may have a genetically slower metabolism than others.


While everybody’s metabolism — the process by which your body turns the food you eat into energy — slows with age, you may have a naturally slower metabolism that makes it difficult to lose weight.

Thyroid dysfunction

Your thyroid — the butterfly-shaped gland near the front of the neck — helps control and regulate metabolism. If your thyroid isn’t producing enough hormones, you may have hypothyroidism. Many people with hypothyroidism struggle with a slow metabolism, which leads to weight gain and weight loss resistance.


Not only does stress make you more likely to reach for junk food, but it also releases extra cortisol — the stress hormone — which encourages your body to hold onto fat around the abdomen.

Poor diet

Dr. David can run tests and evaluate your health history to determine if the food you currently eat is making it difficult to lose weight. It’s possible that you’re not getting enough protein or iron in your diet — or perhaps you aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables.

What are the available weight loss treatments?

Dr. David uses holistic treatments and therapies to stimulate weight loss and boost your metabolism. Some of the most effective weight loss treatments he offers at Rise2Health include:


Rise2Health offers a variety of supplements to jumpstart your metabolism and promote healthy weight loss. With high-quality brands like Pure Encapsulations®, Nordic Naturals, and Priority One, Dr. David can create a supplement regime that increases your energy levels and helps you make healthier choices when it comes to diet and exercise.

Thyroid therapy

If you’re experiencing weight gain due to hypothyroidism, thyroid therapy can balance your hormone levels and reduce bloating.

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy

Hormone fluctuations and low levels of estrogen during menopause or low testosterone in men can lead to weight gain and weight loss resistance. Dr. David recommends bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to increase your testosterone or estrogen levels and balance your hormones. This can help boost your metabolism and increase energy levels.

If traditional diet and exercise plans haven’t worked for you, Dr. David can help you lose weight and feel great in the healthiest way possible. To learn more about successful weight loss, call Rise2Health or schedule a visit online.