Can Weight Loss Be Toxic to Your Health?

By Dr. Michael Roth


Many of the clients I see in my holistic chiropractic practice are eager to lose the extra pounds that they have accumulated in life up until now. Losing weight provides many health benefits, such as lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and reduced risk of conditions such as heart disease, stroke and osteoarthritis. Weight loss can also have a side effect not commonly considered—toxin release.

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What is a toxin? Simply defined, a toxin is a substance that your body cannot use and that can cause you harm. Where do they come from? Toxins surround us! They are present in food, water, household products, cosmetics and air pollution. Your body even produces its own toxins during everyday healthy metabolic processes such as hormone production and digestion.


Where do these toxins go? Ideally, the body readily processes and eliminates them. If the body can’t keep up with the elimination of these toxins, it must somehow buffer us from them to keep us alive and functioning.


When the body is exposed to toxins that it cannot eliminate, it stores them. Most toxins are fat-soluble and our body stores the toxins in body fat to keep them from damaging our brain and nerves. When fat is broken down for energy, as occurs with a weight loss program, the toxins go into the bloodstream.


If the toxins are not eliminated upon release from the fat cells they can do damage in the body and potentially contribute to a multitude of symptoms and chronic diseases. The body is, in a sense, being poisoned by weight loss!


This is also a reason why people cannot lose weight or hit a plateau while losing weight – the body reaches a point where it cannot lose any more body fat because it is using the fat to protect us from the dangerous effects of these toxins.


Does this mean that we should give up on trying to lose fat? Absolutely not! It is a warning. Be careful how you go about losing your weight.


One factor that increases your chances of poisoning from weight loss is rapidity. The faster the fat is broken down, the greater the spike in toxins in the blood, which your liver will have to deal with. Everyone wants instant gratification. We want to see huge weight loss in a short period of time. This is not healthy.


Nutritionally inadequate weight loss diets commonly leave the body ill-equipped to cope with the surge of toxic chemicals released from fat storage. Detoxification can cause side effects such as headaches, nausea and fatigue.


Quality nutritional supplements such as the ones I offer my weight loss clients minimize or eliminate these side effects. The weight loss protocol I recommend is not difficult to follow and allows unlimited soup, salad and vegetables for 7 to 21 days, in addition to a special shake to drink. As the weight is released, my clients report feeling less stressed and having a greater sense of well being.


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Coaching my clients to better health is important to me. Please call Crystal in our Ventura office at 805-644-0461 and make 2013 the year of a more fit and healthy YOU!

Beyond Diet and Exercise (or Other Reasons Your Weight May be Sticking Around!)

by Dr. Michael Roth


Guess what? There is more to losing weight than a healthy diet and regular exercise!


Many of the patients I see in my holistic chiropractic practice are making good food choices, moving their bodies, reducing their stress and are willing to do the work digging into the emotional reasons behind their eating habits. Yet, some are still not losing weight as fast as they would like.


If you’ve been stuck on a weight-loss plateau, read on. This month I want to tell you about six other causes that can slow down weight loss.

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1. Lack of Sleep

Not enough sleep can have a negative impact on your weight loss by altering levels of hormones that regulate hunger. In one study at the University of Chicago, people who slept only four hours a night had an 18% reduction in the hormone leptin that signals your brain it has had enough food and a 28% increase in ghrelin, the hormone that tells your brain you are hungry! Plus, after such little sleep, the participants craved sugar, salty and starchy food and had a 24% increase in their appetite for candy, chips and pasta.

2. Sitting too Much

If you spend too much time sitting during your day, you could be packing on the pounds. It isn’t simply the lack of exercise. Even those who exercise regularly may experience this phenomenon. Sitting stops the circulation of lipase, an enzyme that absorbs fats. When you sit, instead of being absorbed by your muscles, the fat recirculates in your blood stream where it may end up being stored as body fat!


Sitting not only has a negative effect on fat and cholesterol metabolism, but also stimulates disease-promoting processes. Standing and moving slightly will re-engage the enzymes. So remember to stand rather than sit as often as you can!

3. Depression

Depression and being overweight often go hand-in-hand. People who are depressed are more likely to become overweight and those who are overweight are more likely to become depressed. Depression increases the risk of obesity by 58% according to a recent study by Dutch researchers. It is common for people with depression to overeat, especially “comfort” foods that may be high in fat and sugar.

flickr photo credit Phoney Nickle

flickr photo credit Phoney Nickle


4. Medications

Certain prescription drugs may have the side effect of weight gain. They include corticosteroids, antidepressants, epilepsy drugs, and drugs used to treat schizophrenia. Also birth control pills, diabetes drugs, and blood pressure drugs may cause weight gain.

5. Portion Sizes

You may be watching the types of food you eat and making better choices, yet if your portion sizes are too large, you won’t be losing the pounds. Portion sizes in the United States have been growing larger over the past decades. For example, in 1970 a bagel weighed three ounces and contained 230 calories. Today, the average bagel is about six ounces and 550 calories! I recently attended a seminar locally in which some of the participants were from Canada and they were all commenting on the size of the portions they received in the restaurant here!

6. Obesity as a Symptom

If you feel you are doing everything you can to lose weight and are still not getting anywhere, it could be a red flag that there is another underlying health problem. The following conditions could be the cause: thyroid disorders, diabetes, lupus, cancer, congestive heart failure, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and metabolic syndrome. See your health care professional to determine if one of these conditions may be involved.


It is my desire to support each of my patients to their greater health and wellness. I will work with you to determine your weight loss goals and how to effectively achieve those goals. Weight loss and better health are achievable and I am willing to go the distance with you. Please call Amber in our Ventura office today and make an appointment for an office visit to get you on the wellness wagon!

Stop Your Sugar and Food Cravings Naturally!

I recently made the acquaintance of a Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner (RNCP) named Nancy DesJardins.  I was so impressed by her research, and her passion to help people overcome their food addictions and reclaim their health, that I wanted to share it with you.  Here is a short article she wrote on sugar:

Sugar. Even the word sounds sweet.

Did you know that by some experts’ count, we are all eating the equivalent of 160 pounds of sugar each year?  And that sugar is one of the worst ingredients – some say poison – you can put into your body?

If you crave chocolate, or cake, or any other sweet stuff, the fact is, like most people, you’re probably addicted to sugar. Of all bad habits, it’s one of the worst. In fact, this is one bad habit that can poison your entire life.

But you can change that. Because like smoking, you can break bad habits – and addictions. The choice is yours.

Step 1: You Decide

The first step, then, is choosing to trade your bad habits for good ones. Out with the bad, sugary foods, and in with the healthy. It’s as easy as that! With this one step, you can change your entire future.

Step 2:  Look Around

Once you’ve made up your mind, the next step is to look around and evaluate the foods you’re putting into your body. Why are you eating them? Are you getting any nutrition from them? There’s a lot of  learning and taking stock ahead. This won’t be easy.

Changing your beliefs and attitudes about yourself and your eating is one of the most difficult challenges you will ever face. But it can be done with good old-fashioned stick-to-it determination, effort, and education. Many people just like you have kicked the sugar habit. I know it can be done – I’ve helped people do it. Not only did they get a new outlook on life, they lost weight in the process!

Recipe for Success

If you are to be successful at breaking the sugar habit, then it’s important to understand how sugar affects your body. And how healthy food – your new, good habit – can give your body the nutrients it craves. Once you learn that, you will never again want to put poison into your body.

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A Holistic Chiropractor Takes a Look at Sugar…and YOU!

By Dr. Michael Roth


“Sugar in the morning, sugar in the evening, sugar at suppertime…” 

The lyrics of this song from a bygone era address the sweetness of love. However, in today’s modern world, the sugar we consume at meals is very real and very addictive!

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Most people are not aware that they are addicted to sugar. Yet, try to go a few days without it and you will briefly experience the pangs of withdrawal. Most of the clients I see in my holistic chiropractic practice know that too much sugar is not good for their bodies and their health.


Sugar leads to excess weight gain and puts you on the path to Type II diabetes. Although you most likely won’t be able to eliminate sugar from your diet completely, I offer here a few tips to reduce your sugar intake.


Plenty of people eat sugary foods throughout the day because their bodies tell them that they are hungry. One of the best ways to combat this feeling is to drink plenty of water. In addition to staying hydrated, you will not feel as hungry.



It is very common for people to eat all sorts of foods without bothering to read the list of ingredients. If you are trying to overcome your addiction to sugar, then make label-reading a habit. If sugar is one of the first three ingredients, don’t buy it.


The type of food that you eat is very important. Eat foods that are as close to their original form as possible. For example, instead of eating canned peaches in syrup, eat a whole fresh peach. Eat organic oatmeal for breakfast instead of packaged cereal, which usually has added sugar.


In my book, The Healing Code of Weight Loss, I recommend the following:


Avoid large beverages such as “super-sized” sugar-sweetened soft drinks. They have a large number of calories. Instead, try drinking water with a slice of lemon. If you want to drink soda, choose a calorie-free beverage or fruit juices instead.


Eat a breakfast that contains protein and fat to keep sugars low. This will help stave off cravings for chocolate and starches. Protein takes longer than sugar for your body to digest. You will feel full for a longer period of time and be less inclined to reach out for a sweet snack.


Stay away from fast food. The high sugar and fat content of fast food, combined with lack of exercise, creates a chain of events that puts the body into chemical stress. The digestive system is down-regulated when the body is under stress and one of the symptoms is belly fat.


Keep an accurate journal of everything that you eat. You may be surprised at how your sugar intake adds up when all of the foods you eat are combined. Keeping a journal will allow you to see exactly how much you consume.


You will also help yourself by staying as active as possible. People tend to eat more often when they are sitting around relaxing or watching TV. Starting an exercise regimen is a great idea since it helps you get or stay in shape. In addition, when you are physically active, you will be too busy to reach for the sugary foods!

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If you are concerned about your sugar intake and overall health, and if you would like assistance in developing healthier eating habits and lifestyle choices, please call Amber in my Ventura office to make an appointment for a personal consultation and start singing a different tune! (805) 644-0461

Weight Loss and Diabetes

By Dr. Michael Roth

This month, I’d like to address a health challenge that I am seeing more often in my practice: the client who is overweight and has insulin dependent diabetes.


“No matter how heavy you are, you will significantly lower your blood sugar if you lose some weight,” says Cathy Nonas, MS, RD, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association and a professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. “We know it’s true — that if someone with diabetes loses 5% to 10% of their weight, they will significantly reduce their blood sugar. We see it all the time: people can get off their insulin and their medication,” she says. “It’s wonderful. It shows you how interwoven obesity and diabetes are.”


Even losing 10 or 15 pounds has health benefits, says the American Diabetes Association. It can:

  • Lower blood sugar
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Improve cholesterol levels
  • Lighten the stress on hips, knees, ankles, and feet

Plus, you’ll probably have more energy, get around easier, and breathe easier.


We often assume weight loss is good and healthy. A slow steady intentional weight loss using nutritional change and exercise is associated with beneficial effects on the heart, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. In addition, for a person with insulin dependent diabetes, weight loss can reduce “insulin resistance” and make muscles and fat tissues more sensitive to circulating insulin levels in the blood.  Furthermore, insulin is a hormone that likes to store fat!


A reduction in insulin resistance is important because insulin is needed to help glucose (a sugar) enter these tissues to be metabolized. If these tissues are resistant to insulin, higher than normal levels of insulin are needed for this process to occur. As a result, a vicious cycle occurs: the higher the insulin levels are, the harder it is to lose weight; the heavier a person is, the more likely they are to have higher insulin levels. As you can see, the cycle is often hard to break.

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Flickr photo credit Fatcatanna


On a Diabetes Weight Loss Plan, Watch for Changes in Blood Sugar


Cutting back on just one meal can affect the delicate balance of blood sugar, insulin, and medication in your body. So it’s important to work with an expert when you diet. “For anyone, losing weight is challenging enough,” says Dr. Luigi Meneghini, director of the Kosnow Diabetes Treatment Center at the University of Miami School of Medicine. “For people who inject insulin, it’s even more difficult because they have to eat when they have low blood sugar. When you have to reduce calorie intake, prevent overmedication, and eat to correct your low blood sugar, it’s very challenging.” Indeed, both low and high blood sugar levels are the two big concerns for people with diabetes.


If you have insulin dependent diabetes, and want to improve your health and lose weight, I want to work with you! QNRT (Quantum Neurological Reset Technique) is the modality I most often use with my clients who want to make positive changes in their health and wellness. As a team, we will work together to identify and neutralize key emotional issues that often accompany weight gain, such as anger, disgust and even struggle!


I will work with you to balance your blood sugar with diet and nutritional supplements.  As a knowledgeable practitioner and holistic chiropractor, I bring over 20 years of service meeting my patients’ health challenges and fostering their well-being. If you or someone you know has insulin dependent diabetes, please call for an appointment at Roth Wellness Center, 805-644-0461.

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Powerful Technique to Control Stress!

By Dr. Michael Roth

I have been a holistic chiropractor for over 25 years now, helping people manage pain, stress levels, weight levels, and addictions.  I would like to share with you a very powerful, yet simple technique that can instantly “reboot” your system when you are experiencing stress.  Please watch the video below and try the technique.  Then, please leave me some feedback as to how this technique has helped you or someone you love manage stress!


Take a Look at Chapter One of “The Healing Code of Weight Loss”

Newly revised! Now including my

Somato Emotional Repatterning



November 2009 revision

Dr. Michael B. Roth

Integrative Wellness Publishing

1787 Mesa Verde, Suite 140, Ventura, CA 93003

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form, by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or information storage and retrieval methods now known, or to be invented, without the written permission of the author except by a reviewer who wishes to quote brief passages in connection with a review written for inclusion in an educational publication, newspaper, magazine, radio or TV broadcast.

Table of Contents





1. Body Types and Belly Fat……………………………………………………6


2. Body Fat and Obesity ……………………………………………….……….10


3. Dairy, Wellness and Weight Loss  ……………………………………..20


4. What and How Much to Eat…………………………………………….….25


5. Build Your Visualization Skills…………………………………….…….36


6. Fad Diets vs. Healthy Eating………………………………………….……41


7. Exercise – Move your Body!……………………………………………………..48


8. Using Hypnosis to Develop a Healthy Body and Mind……….62


9. The Triad of Health…………………………………………………………..67


10.  Emotional Eating and the Somato Emotional Repatterning



11.  A Day in YOUR Healthy Life………………………………………..…..77





Overeating. Overweight. Belly fat. Super-sized food and extra-large clothing. Obesity was not nearly as prevalent, even 20 years ago, as it is now. We know that our genes have not changed in more than 40,000 years.  What is the real cause? I believe, for the majority of people, the cause is lifestyle and the stress that puts on our body: stress physically, chemically, and emotionally.

Every week, during my workshops on Belly Fat and Stubborn Weight Loss, I hear the same stories over and over: “I watch what I eat, yet still I gain weight” or “I am unable to lose weight.”

For most people there is quite a bit of confusion. Many diets and diet programs:  Weight Watchers, NutriSystem, Jenny Craig, Atkins, the Zone, etc., all promise that you will lose weight. Many are trying to sell you their menus of prepackaged foods. Some even allow ice cream, known for its high fat and sugar content!

Now imagine this:

It’s a beautiful day in Yellowstone National Park.  You emerge from your tent into the morning sunlight, a gentle breeze delighting your senses.  As you prepare breakfast over the camp stove, you notice a movement out of the corner of your eye. It’s a bear!  Your heart starts to pound, your blood pressure goes up, your breath accelerates, and your digestion turns down. This is the normal and appropriate physiological response of your body dispensing the stress hormones you need to prepare the body to “fight-or flight.”

This well-documented biological event is the response shared by humans and animals and is extremely helpful when an individual faces physical danger. If the problem can be solved by “fighting,” taking action to scare the bear away, or by “flight,” running away so fast the bear can’t harm you, the solution itself dissipates the stress and bodily functions return to normal. When stress is caused by a problem, situation, or condition that can’t be solved through such a response, the impact extends for a longer period of time.

During the body’s stress response the adrenal glands secrete cortisol. One of the functions of cortisol is to stimulate the liver to break down glycogen into sugar for energy. When we eat a meal that is high in carbohydrates and sugar our pancreas secretes insulin. Insulin is a fat storing hormone. Insulin removes the sugar in our bloodstream by storing it in our muscles and the liver, and what’s left over is stored in our bodies as fat. It is very difficult to lose belly fat when insulin levels are high; increased sugar levels equal increased insulin levels equal more fat storage.

I recently read that the average American consumes 175 lbs. of sugar per year. When we indulge in that type of diet, it’s almost impossible to lose weight and belly fat.

My contention is that underneath much of our obesity issue is stress: chemical, physical and emotional. My solution: eat well, move well, and think well. Then we will no longer be a nation of overweight, sedentary people.

Dr. Michael B. Roth

Roth Wellness Center

















Body Types and Belly Fat


Belly fat—lots of people have it!  Where does being fat and overweight come from?

The answer is… lifestyle and environment.

Over the past few years, national attention has started to focus on the main contributors to the obesity epidemic in the United States: too much fast food, too many soft drinks, and lack of physical activity.  The movie Super Size Me tells one man’s story of eating only McDonald’s food for one month, and the damage it did to his health.

The high sugar and fat content of fast food, combined with lack of exercise, creates a chain of events that put the body into chemical stress. The digestive system is down-regulated when the body is under stress and one of the symptoms is belly fat.

Adrenal            Ovary            Thyroid            Liver

Four Basic Body Types

First of all, I would like to acknowledge Dr. Eric Berg for his work on belly fat and body types, and credit him for the following information.  There are four basic body types: Liver Belly, Thyroid, Adrenal, and Ovary. Most of us are a combination of these body types; however, we all have a predominant type. See for more information. There are general characteristics or symptoms that go along with each type.


Liver Belly: Imagine you’re at the beach and you see a man small in stature, with thin arms and legs, yet his belly sticks out (pot belly).  This is the characteristic liver belly type. This type of fat distribution is not exclusive to men. Women may have this type of belly fat as well, simply not as extreme. Often the person will experience bloating, flatulence, belching, right shoulder and mid back pain or soreness without any trauma. Generally, there are digestive disturbances.

Thyroid: This body type had fat distribution throughout their entire body (face, neck, shoulders and legs). Characteristics are fatigue even after having a full night of sleep, cravings of carbohydrates and fat for energy, hair loss, thinning of the outer portion of the eyebrows, and brittle fingernails. They are often cold, especially their hands and feet. This is the person who chooses to wear socks to bed at night, even in the summer time.

Adrenal: The belly fat on the abdomen drops or sags down towards the legs. Because our adrenal glands are our stress glands, generally men and women who have this body type have been under an enormous amount of stress for a sustained period of time. Adrenal body types often complain of chronic low back pain, fibromyalgia, and fatigue. When walking up the stairs, their thighs feel heavy and often they crave salt at night.

Ovary: Exclusive to women. In this body type, the woman is usually petite above the navel and from the mid-thigh down. The progression of the OVARY type of adipose fat deposits seems to be basically in the hip and thigh.  The development of increased fat increases the potential of ovarian cysts. Women with this body type often experience fatigue during their menstrual cycle, and also some “brain fog.” Their menstrual pain is in the lower back or hip areas, and sometimes in the knees. Often these women will have a history of pre-menstrual syndrome, and they gain weight (water retention) during their cycle. They may have a history that includes lack of libido, infertility, hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and menstrual cycle acne and mood swings. During their period they experience heavy flow, constipation, and thinning of the hair.

Good News for Your Body Type

When you recognize the type of body fat you have ( you will be able to address weight loss with a plan and a purpose. There are specific, managed diets that address each body type and allow you to release the fat and keep it off.

The most proven method of losing weight is a combination of eating healthy, natural foods and exercise. Sometimes nutritional supplements are recommended.

Fat Back?

Those with the baby fat or brown fat usually need to exercise in order to burn this fat. This refers to people who have their fat on the back, along the upper half of the spine and towards the shoulders. Exercise is the best way to burn this type of fat. Usually this type of fat disappears as people grow from childhood to adulthood, but it can be a problem as fatty deposits develop in these areas because of a lack of activity and exercise.

Exercises that target this area of the body include upper body movement exercises. Aerobics and Pilates are great examples of exercises that burn this brown fat. White fat is used as energy storage cells. This is the weight that is on the thighs, hips and waist area. Some people have fatty deposits on their faces and chests. This is usually a matter of genetic patterning. Exercises that reduce overall body fat and those that target these areas are the best. Running, jogging, brisk walking and swimming are the best exercises to reduce body fat all over the body.

Men vs. Women Body Shapes

Estrogen stores fat in the buttocks, thighs, and hips in women. When women reach menopause and the estrogen produced by ovaries reduces, fat migrates from their buttocks, hips and thighs to their waist; later fat is stored in their bellies. Thus, females generally have relatively narrow waist and big buttocks, and this along with wide hips make for their bigger hip section and lower waist-hip ratio, around 0.7. Estrogen increases fat storage in the body, which results in more fat stored in the body of females. Body fat percentage recommendations are higher for females. This serves as an energy reserve for pregnancy.

Males have less subcutaneous fat in their faces due to the effect of testosterone. Testosterone also reduces fat by aiding fat metabolism. Males generally deposit fat around the waist and abdomen (“apple shape”) due to lack of estrogen.

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Mood, Food and Weight Loss

Emotional eating is eating as a way to suppress or soothe negative emotions, such as stress, anger, fear, boredom, sadness and loneliness. Both major life events and the hassles of daily life can trigger negative emotions that lead to emotional eating and disrupt your weight-loss efforts. These triggers may include:

  • Unemployment
  • Financial pressure
  • Health problems
  • Relationship conflicts
  • Work stress
  • Bad weather
  • Fatigue
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Flickr photo credit photo and share cc

Although some people actually eat less in the face of strong emotions, if you’re in emotional distress you may turn to impulsive or binge eating — you may rapidly eat whatever’s convenient, without even enjoying it. In fact, your emotions may become so tied to your eating habits that you automatically reach for a sweet treat whenever you’re angry or stressed without stopping to think about what you’re doing.

Food also serves as a distraction. If you’re worried about an upcoming event or stewing over a conflict, for instance, you may focus on eating comfort food instead of dealing with the painful situation.

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Photo credit Christy


Whatever emotions drive you to overeat, the end result is often the same. The emotions return, and you may also now bear the additional burden of guilt about setting back your weight-loss goal. This can also lead to an unhealthy cycle — your emotions trigger you to overeat, you beat yourself up for getting off your weight-loss track, you feel badly, and you overeat again.

What can you do to break the cycle of overeating?

  1. Understand that weight loss is not about depriving yourself of food. Instead allow yourself to eat healthy foods so that you feel satisfied. Healthy Rule of healthy choices: Roamed, Swam, Flew, or Grew Unprocessed.
  2. Use your body’s internal hunger cues, not your eyes.
  3. Eat slowly, and savor every bite. This will help you to eat less while more thoroughly enjoying your meals.
  4. Exercise in some form or another.
  5. Reset those often unconscious emotional triggers that drive you to overeat.

How do you access and change those unconscious emotional triggers?

The Emotional Weight Loss™ system uses QNRT, Quantum Neurological Reset Therapy, to make these shifts. QNRT is a system of healing that happens from within and recognizes and restores the connection of the brain, the body, and nervous system to remove the blockages so that the body can heal itself.

QNRT combines a unique biofeedback technology with a nervous system relay therapy to neurologically reprogram the brain/relay access points – the places where our body’s neurological and emotional programs reside. Simply put, the QNRT process actually “re-wires” the nervous system.

QNRT is non-invasive, requires no prescription, no manipulation, no physiotherapy and no extensive talk therapy.

Dr. Michael Roth is a certified practitioner of QNRT and The Emotional Weight Loss™ system.  For more information, go to and To schedule an appointment, contact or call 805-644-0461

Feeding Your Feelings

Eating to feed a feeling, and not a growling stomach, is emotional eating.

Food does more than fill your stomach — it also satisfies feelings, and when you quench those feelings with food when your stomach isn’t growling, that’s emotional eating.

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Emotional eating is eating for reasons other than hunger. Instead of the physical symptom of hunger initiating the eating, an emotion triggers the eating.

How to Tell the Difference

There are several differences between emotional hunger and physical hunger, according to the University of Texas Counseling and Mental Health Center web site:

1. Emotional hunger comes on suddenly; physical hunger occurs gradually.

2. When you are eating to fill a void that isn’t related to an empty stomach, you crave a specific food, such as pizza or ice cream, and only that food will meet your need. When you eat because you are actually hungry, you’re open to options.

3. Emotional hunger feels like it needs to be satisfied instantly with the food you crave; physical hunger can wait.

4. Even when you are full, if you’re eating to satisfy an emotional need, you’re more likely to keep eating. When you’re eating because you’re hungry, you’re more likely to stop when you’re full.

5. Emotional eating can leave behind feelings of guilt; eating when you are physically hungry does not.

The first thing you need to do to overcome emotional eating is to recognize it.

Emotional hurts that occurred in your early childhood may be the root of your emotional eating today.   Yet, it is not always easy to recognize those hurts in yourself.  You may not have a clear memory of when or why or what caused the negative belief about yourself that results in your emotional eating. You may only be aware that every time you talk to your mother on the phone, you need to have a bowl of ice cream afterward.  Or that a disagreement with your spouse sends you heading for the potato chips.

The Emotional Weight Loss™ system calls these emotional hurts “negative core drivers.” Examples of negative core drivers are: rejection, powerlessness, vulnerability, feeling unlovable or defective, or feeling emotionally deprived.

Negative core drivers and beliefs about our self are not accurate or reliable – they are just plain false!  The problem is that our nervous system doesn’t believe it and acts accordingly, making the choices that support those false beliefs!

The key is to reset the brain to lose weight and keep the weight off!

The Emotional Weight Loss™ system uses QNRT, Quantum Neurological Reset Therapy, to make these shifts. QNRT is a system of healing that happens from within and recognizes and restores the connection of the brain, the body, and nervous system to remove the blockages so that the body can heal itself.

QNRT combines a unique biofeedback technology with a nervous system relay therapy to neurologically reprogram the brain/relay access points – the places where our body’s neurological and emotional programs reside. Simply put, the QNRT process actually “re-wires” the nervous system.

QNRT is non-invasive, requires no prescription, no manipulation, no physiotherapy and no extensive talk therapy.

Dr. Michael Roth is a certified practitioner of QNRT and The Emotional Weight Loss™ system.  For more information, go to and To schedule an appointment, contact or call 805-644-0461.

Comfort Food

Ah, the comfort of eating mashed potatoes, fried chicken, white bread, ice cream, potato chips, crackers, chocolate chip cookies, etc.  In times of stress, when we are feeling “down in the dumps”, lonely, or misunderstood, comfort food is what we turn to in order to feel better about ourselves or a situation.

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Emotional eating is the practice of consuming large quantities of food — usually “comfort” or junk foods — in response to feelings instead of hunger. Experts estimate that 75% of overeating is caused by emotions.

Many of us learn that food can bring comfort, at least in the short-term. As a result, we often turn to food to heal emotional problems.

Situations and emotions that trigger us to eat fall into five main categories.

  • Social. Eating when around other people. For example, excessive eating can result from being encouraged by others to eat; eating to fit in; arguing; or feelings of inadequacy around other people.
  • Emotional. Eating in response to boredom, stress, fatigue, tension, depression, anger, anxiety or loneliness as a way to “fill the void.”
  • Situational. Eating because the opportunity is there. For example, at a restaurant, seeing an advertisement for a particular food, passing by a bakery. Eating may also be associated with certain activities such as watching TV, going to the movies or a sporting event, etc.
  • Thoughts. Eating as a result of negative self-worth or making excuses for eating. For example, scolding oneself for looks or a lack of will power.
  • Physiological. Eating in response to physical cues. For example, increased hunger due to skipping meals or eating to cure headaches or other pain.

How Do I Break Myself of the Habit?

Identifying eating triggers is the first step; however, this alone is not sufficient to alter eating behavior. Usually, by the time you have identified a pattern, eating in response to emotions or certain situations has become a habit. Now you have to break that habit. Yet, simply distracting yourself from eating and developing alternative habits is not enough to manage the emotional distress that leads to excessive eating.

Flickr photo credit lee Carson

Flickr photo credit lee Carson

Emotional hurts that occurred in your early childhood, that you may not even consciously remember, are responsible for your eating habits today.  Your brain has been wired to react as a child and even now, as an adult, you impulsively eat not as a person of choice, but because emotionally you are stuck at your earliest emotional wounds.

The key is to reset the brain to lose weight and keep the weight off!


A quantum shift can occur in our behaviors by resetting the brain from those pre-programmed emotional stresses. We do not have to remain a victim to our own nervous system. We can forgive, resolve, and let go of the emotional stresses contributing to dysfunction in our bodies.

The Emotional Weight Loss™ system uses QNRT, Quantum Neurological Reset Therapy, to make these shifts. QNRT is a system of healing that happens from within and recognizes and restores the connection of the brain, the body, and nervous system to remove the blockages so that the body can heal itself.

QNRT combines a unique biofeedback technology with a nervous system relay therapy to neurologically reprogram the brain/relay access points – the places where our body’s neurological and emotional programs reside. Simply put, the QNRT process actually “re-wires” the nervous system.

QNRT is non-invasive, requires no prescription, no manipulation, no physiotherapy and no extensive talk therapy.

Dr. Michael Roth is a certified practitioner of QNRT and The Emotional Weight Loss™ system.  For more information, go to and To schedule an appointment, contact or call 805-644-0461.