Dr. Julia’s Inn: The correlation between weight loss, sleep and thyroid issues

By Dr. Julia Whipkey-Michniewicz, N.D.
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

Part 3 of a 3-part series

The best way to end this wonderful three-part series is by reading a wonderful testimony from a client. Here is how she conquered her weight issues and allowed her body to become balanced. After reading Lynn’s testimony, if I can help you with weight, sleep or hormonal issues, please do not hesitate to call my office at (815) 962-3326 for an appointment.


My mother taught me that weight gain is from having babies, and there is nothing you can do about it. She believed that once you had a baby, you would never be fit and trim again. Not sure why I believed this — my weight gain began in my late teens, and I didn’t have a baby until I was 26, so I already shot down her theory, and looking back at photos, I was in the best shape ever (until now) right after baby No. 2, 19 years ago.

Knowing what I know now — I believe that it was a high-carb, high-sugar diet, full of processed foods and a sedentary lifestyle that was the REAL culprit, and my favorite saying has become: Fix your diet in the kitchen and your body in the gym!

After a three-year clean eating and workout program (self-guided), I had lost about 30 pounds, but remained frustrated over what I thought was the final 5-10 pounds and the remaining stubborn belly fat. I was a size 4-6, and was seeking to look good with clothes off — in a fit body. I learned about HCG from reading in a fitness magazine. I picked up a Rock River Times, where I read a guest column by Julia Whipkey, the Naturopathic Doctor right here in Rockford, who was offering this diet. I knew right away that I wanted to do it … I didn’t realize that I would be giving myself the shots, but knew without a doubt that I wanted to be rid of my remaining fat. I convinced my husband that it was the thing to do, and we went together to our intake appointment.

Since I was well informed about HCG and what it could do — Julia allowed me to select my own dose. I love to be in control, so that was a good thing. When I realized that I would be giving my own injection, it was too late to turn back, and I just told myself that I would have to put on big girl panties and “get over it.”

We began the diet right away, and for the first several injections, I had to look away for the stick-it-in part … it didn’t hurt at all; in fact, I couldn’t even feel it. I had committed to doing the diet for three weeks for sure, but nearing the end of the three weeks decided that I could continue on for six (my husband was doing six weeks, and I wanted to cook, eat and support his effort). I still had what I considered to be abnormal fat deposits and was determined to conquer them.

From day one forward, I had steady and continuing weight loss. I was surprised to exceed my expectations, losing 20 pounds — when I thought I was after 5-10. WOW! This stuff works … I can’t say enough — it was quick and easy, and worth every penny we paid. We didn’t cheat because we were paying for something that was working well.

In the scope of a weight-loss journey, I accomplished something that I had failed to do in three years, in six weeks. Job finally well done. The diet teaches you to keep a close watch on your weight — and to conquer any slight gains right away before they become big gains. Julia also believes that there are other associated health benefits to be had. So — we may do the diet again sometime as needed.

During the diet, we took a break from working out. When we resumed our Beachbody workouts, I was surprised that I didn’t feel horribly out of shape. Everything I had read guaranteed that you would not lose muscle, but I am always a skeptic.

I am also amazed by HCG’s ability to sculpt your body. I threw out all my clothes that disguised my mid-section and purchased new, slender clothes that show it off!! It is so much fun to shop — everything looks good and fits — something I have NEVER experienced. Today, about six months later, I have only gained back about five pounds from my all-time HCG low weight. All the new, super young, fun clothes still fit, and people say I look younger than ever, and I feel just great!! You can’t beat that at age 50! — Lynn J. Belles

Julia Whipkey-Michniewicz is a Naturopathic Doctor who is celebrating two milestones this year. This is her 13th year cancer-free by not doing the chemical therapy and radiation and 31 years in business. If you would like to make an appointment with her in her Rockford office, please call (815) 962-3326 to schedule your appointment.

From the March 13-19, 2013, issue

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