It’s not lack of will power. It may be a medical problem.

By Daniel Cajigas with Philip Davidson

Woodbury, NY

It’s that time again. That time of year when millions of people who overindulge during the holidays decide they really, really want to lose a few pounds – and make a New Year’s resolution to do so. 

In fact, losing weight is the number one New Year’s resolution of all time. Importantly, it’s also the number one most commonly broken New Year’s resolution of all time.

What’s more, research shows that the ability to keep a New Year’s resolution diminishes over time:

  • Resolution maintained through first week: 75%
  • More than two weeks: 71%
  • More than one month: 64%
  • More than six months: 46%

It’s tough to lose weight if you can’t maintain your resolve to do so. If you’re like many people, you’ve tried and tried again to shed weight, but despite your best efforts the scale barely budges.

The good news (yes, there is good news): Your struggle to lose weight may not be all your fault. There are many medical reasons why people can’t lose weight – reasons that have nothing to do with lack of effort or will power.

Those medical reasons include hormonal imbalance; vitamin deficiency; genetics; poor gastrointestinal function (including dysbiosis, a bacterial imbalance sometimes known as leaky gut); metabolic syndrome, which can make it hard to burn fat; low testosterone (even among women); prediabetes; thyroid disorders; fatigue; and well … the list goes on and on. 

It even includes stress, depression, various psychological roadblocks, and something known as brain fog, which happens to be an actual medical diagnosis.

What’s important to know is this: Until you address any medical or psychological issue that may be impeding your weight loss, your unsuccessful struggle will probably continue.

How do you know if you have such a medical or psychological issue? We suggest you see an appropriately qualified clinician – a health professional who will provide you with highly personalized medical care and feedback, not the kind of cookie cutter care that’s all too common these days. 

These professionals include, but are not limited to, naturopaths, nutritionists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, physical therapists, psychological therapists, and some MDs. What’s important isn’t simply the degree or certification a clinician may have – but the quality of care they provide. 

The right clinician will give you personalized attention and advice based on such variables as your bloodwork, your diet and exercise habits, your genetics, and your lifestyle.

What remedies might the clinician offer? In some cases, they may suggest high quality nutritional supplements, which can help address several medical problems that impede weight loss – such as metabolic syndrome, stress, fatigue, dysbiosis, and heavy metal toxicity. Some may recommend blood testing and metabolic testing. Others may suggest counseling specifically to address psychological roadblocks or to help curb emotional eating due to stress.

What’s important is that you not give up, especially if losing weight is a medical necessity. The right medical care is available. Finding and utilizing it may be the most significant New Year’s resolution you can make.

About Daniel Cajigas

For more than 20 years, Daniel Cajigas has hosted a popular weekly talk radio show, Clinicians’ Corner, in New York City. The show highlights health news, national health issues and integrative health products, and often includes notable health professionals from around the world interested in educating Mr. Cajigas’ listeners. Although his primary expertise is in health supplements, Mr. Cajigas discusses health issues important to many people, including weight loss, diabetes, anti-aging, lipid management, quality of life, inflammation, and men’s and women’s health. 

In addition, Mr. Cajigas has worked closely with a broad range of health practitioners to develop many cutting-edge supplements. The result of his efforts are hundreds of products clinicians trust and provide to their patients. Although Clinicians Supplements Consultants (CSC) is not a familiar name in the retail market, practitioners have known and relied on the brand for many years. Says Mr. Cajigas, “After 19 years of assisting patients, health care professionals, and manufacturers, I realized there was a significant void between the three, so I created a bridge between them. It is through my knowledge, experience and relationships that I’ve developed a program CSC can tailor for individual clinicians.”


Daniel Cajigas at or 516-299-9655