Breaking the Cycle of Weight Gain: A Naturopathic Approach

Breaking the Cycle of Weight Gain: A Naturopathic Approach


In the midst of so many diets, cleanses, and supplements at any given time, with an ongoing demand to lose weight, there can be many controversial statements and programs designed to help people do so, except at some point they find that they wind up re-gaining the weight to varying degrees at some point in their life. Whether they know their diet and lifestyle is not up to par, or consider themselves pretty healthy and just don’t feel themselves, whatever extra weight they are holding onto can indicate there are deeper issues that have escalated over time where now they find themselves frustrated, at a plateau, and feeling like they’ve tried everything – and sometimes as the practitioner, we do too!

In this webinar, we will discuss the many different diets, exercises, measurements of weight, as well as the two main culprits of weight gain, hormone imbalance (namely estrogen dominance) and insulin resistance, and their complex interactions with the fat cell (adipocyte). The fat cell is its own endocrine organ with signals that can also greatly influence hormones, appetite, sleep, stress, cravings, inflammation, and blood pressure, to name a few, so therefore losing weight means shifting someone’s lifestyle in such a way that many different signals are shifting together to create sustainable weight loss.

We will also delve into ways to help motivate patients when ‘life happens’ and signals go awry, and how they can get back on track at any time. Plans will be discussed in how to understand the big picture, and how to maximize support through nutrition, supplements, exercise, lifestyle habits, and mindset so patients understand how their unique physiology and mindset work together so they can lose weight, get off that plateau, and know how they can get back on track at any time.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the different measurements of weight
  • Understand the different types of fat
  • Appreciate the benefits of fat
  • Understand the physiology of the fat cell
  • Understand how sex hormones influence weight
  • Understand how insulin resistance influences weight
  • Recognize complex interactions between hormones, insulin resistance, and other related concerns
  • Understand where to start with the patient who wants to lose a few pounds, to much more.
  • Identify questions you need to ask the patient to bring out how they can achieve long lasting changes
  • Understand how to maximize their treatment plan to keep compliance
  • Recognize which tests can give you information you need and when to order
  • Understand which exercise and nutrition requirements, and supplements work best for weight loss, and associated concerns
  • Appreciate when to recommend surgery or liposuction

Course Content

  • Breaking the Cycle of Weight Gain 1h 00min


Dr. Serena Goldstein is a Naturopathic Doctor in NYC who helps people lose weight and keep it off when diets, cleanses, and supplements don't seem like enough, or take too much mental energy and time. Dr. Serena also has a special focus on hormone health, a main hurdle to weight loss efforts, as she tailors her plans around mindset, nutrition, lifestyle, and appropriate natural therapies in an integrative approach to addressing the mind-body connection.

Dr. Serena has appeared on MindBodyGreen, Shape, Well + Good, Sirius XM Radio, participated in a research poster session at the Integrative Healthcare Symposium, spoken at places like the American Cancer Society and National University of Natural Medicine (Endocrinology conference), and is on the Advisory Board of Natural Practitioner Magazine. She is a born and bred New Yorker who had a resume of extra curriculars before attending private high school, yet made it a priority to get 8 hours of sleep a night and cook for herself throughout undergraduate and medical school.

Dr. Serena plans her work around her fun (a philosophy since middle school), where she enjoys regular time at the gym, in search of a new favorite Mexican restaurant, at a sports bar watching football, or on a road trip visiting small towns connecting with nature.

Continuing Education Approvals

  • Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA)

    0.5 CEU total (up to 0.5 CEU Category B) -Direct Approval
  • College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)

    1 credit total (up to 1 credit Category A) -Direct Approval
  • National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (Provider #1583) (NCBTMB)

    1 hour total (up to 1 hour Advanced Science) -Direct Approval
  • New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors (NHAND)

    1 CEU total (up to 1 CEU General) -Direct Approval
  • Vermont Office of Professional Regulation (VT OPR)

    1.0 hour total (up to 1.0 hour General) -Direct Approval
  • Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA)

    0.5 CPD total (up to 0.5 CPD Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board (AZ NPMB)

    1 CME total (up to 1 CME General) -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA)

    1 continuing competence credit total -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC)

    1 hour total (up to 1 hour Category C - Educational Courses) -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)

    1 credit total (up to 1 credit Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Colorado Office of Naturopathic Doctor Registration (CO ONDR)

    1 PDA total -Assumed Approval
  • Connecticut Department of Public Health: Naturopathic Physician Licensure (CT DPH: NPL)

    1 hour total -Assumed Approval
  • Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC)

    1 CEU total (up to 1 CEU Category 2) -Assumed Approval
  • District of Columbia Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (DC HRLA)

    1 hour total -Assumed Approval
  • Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Professional & Vocational Licensing (HI DCCA)

    1 CE total (up to 1 CE General) -Assumed Approval
  • Idaho Board of Medicine: Naturopathic Medical Board (ID BOM: NMB)

    1 hour total (up to 1 hour General) -Assumed Approval
  • Kansas State Board of Healing Arts (KS SBHA)

    1 CEU total -Assumed Approval
  • Maine Board of Complementary Health Care Providers (ME BCHCP)

    1 hour total (up to 1 hour General) -Assumed Approval
  • Manitoba Naturopathic Association (MNA)

    1 hour total (up to 1 hour Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Maryland Board of Physicians (MD BP)

    1 hour total -Assumed Approval
  • Minnesota Board of Medical Practice (MN BMP)

    1 contact hour total (up to 1 contact hour General) -Assumed Approval
  • Montana Board of Alternative Health Care (MT BAHC)

    1 hour total (up to 1 hour General) -Assumed Approval
  • North Dakota Board of Integrative Health Care (ND BIHC)

    1 credit total (up to 1 credit General) -Assumed Approval
  • Rhode Island Department of Health: Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline (RI DOH: BMLD)

    1 hour total -Assumed Approval
  • Saskatchewan Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (SANP)

    1 hour total (up to 1 hour Category C) -Assumed Approval
  • Utah Naturopathic Physician Licensing Board (UT NPLB)

    1 CE total (up to 1 CE General) -Assumed Approval
  • Washington State Department of Health: Board of Naturopathy (WA DOH: BON)

    1 hour total (up to 1 hour Category 2) -Assumed Approval
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