Weight Loss with Hormone Reset


Hormone reset is a method of weight loss that focuses on the hormones that regulate our metabolism, hunger and cravings.
In this article, we’ll be looking at how hormone reset can help you lose weight in three different ways:

  • Boosting your metabolism by reducing insulin resistance and increasing thyroid function (the “engine” of your body)
  • Reducing hunger and cravings with leptin resistance reduction (the “brakes” on your appetite)
  • Balancing the sex hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone

Technique 1: Eating Habits

The first technique is to optimize your macronutrient intake. This means eating more protein and healthy fats while reducing sugar and processed foods.

  • Eat more protein: Protein helps you feel full for longer, so you’ll be less likely to overeat later in the day. It also helps build muscle mass, which can help you burn calories even when you’re not exercising!
  • Eat healthy fats: Healthy fats are an important part of any balanced diet–they help keep your hormones balanced too! You should aim for a minimum of 25 grams per day (about 2 tablespoons). Some good sources include avocado, olive oil (make sure it’s extra virgin), nuts/seeds like cashews or almonds (try them with some dark chocolate!), and coconut milk/creamer instead of dairy milk if possible…

Technique 2: Exercise

The second technique to weight loss is exercise. Exercise can be a great way to lose weight, but it’s important to focus on strength training and incorporate HIIT (high-intensity interval training) and cardio into your routine.
When it comes to strength training, focus on compound lifts like squats, deadlifts, bench presses, and rows. These exercises use more than one muscle group at once so they’re more efficient at burning calories than isolation exercises like bicep curls or triceps kickbacks. Additionally, these movements require more energy from your body which means that you’ll burn more calories during the workout itself as well as after it’s done!
HIIT workouts are another great way of burning fat because they’re short bursts of high intensity followed by periods of rest–so even though they only last 15 minutes or so per session (compared with 45+ minutes for traditional cardio), they still provide an excellent calorie burn!

Technique 3: Stress Management

Stress is a major factor in weight gain, and it can be hard to manage. If you’re feeling stressed out, try these techniques:

  • Reduce your stress levels as much as possible. This may mean getting more sleep or practicing mindfulness and meditation.
  • Get adequate sleep every night so that your body has time to recover from the day’s stresses before going to bed (and not eating late at night).


  • A hormone reset is a great way to lose weight.
  • It’s an easy way to get started on your journey to a healthier lifestyle.
  • You can do it at home, with minimal equipment and no special training required!

Optimizing blood glucose with exercise

Hi in this blog ,I will talk about blood sugar management from a movement science and a functional medicine perspective. Before we dive into the action items let’s briefly see what is the root cause for the glucose levels to vary

 The Spectrum of blood glucose dysregulation

Wake up When we are about to wake up the liver is signaled to release more blood glucose to give us energy to start the day  Post MealSpike in the levels of blood glucose and insulin to move the glucose inside the cells to provide energyStressIt has the same effects as a meal. There is a spike in both glucose and insulin levels. The brain is tricked into believing that you have had a meal. 

In diabetic patients as there is low insulin secretion the early morning glucose levels rise up causing hyperglycemia .. This lasts from 3 am to 8 am and is called the Dawn effect. This spike in blood sugar can wake you up from sleep

Similarly if you have had a very low carb dinner or have skipped it then the sugar levels drop till 2 am and then hormones are released to stop insulin secretion and this will cause rebound hyperglycemia.. aka Somyogi effect

As you can see that our blood sugar levels are not static but quite responsive to what we do, what we eat, and how we feel and when we have too many fluctuations for too long it becomes a blood glucose dysregulation which is seen as increased


Fasting glucose

Estimated average glucose

Fasting insulin

Lets talk about insulin resistance

Image source shutter stock

 A great image to show what happens in insulin resistance…As you can see the glucose from the food is not able to get into the cells as they don’t respond to the insulin secreted. So cells cant utilize glucose our biggest energy source

In my pain and functional medicine practice I have listed a few most common complaints reported

Low energy levels mainly in the morning even after sleeping for 7 to 9 hours

Sleep disturbances 

Delayed recovery from a workout session of moderate intensity. Persistent soreness or low energy even  2 -3 days post-session.

Unable to lose belly fat even with dedicated workouts

Difficulty in building muscle

More exercise injuries which relapse or have delayed healing. I had a patient who had a groin injury that had never really healed even after 3 years and had taken multiple manual therapies and fascial work in physiotherapy before coming to me. When I did a metabolic work-up on him he had an elevated hba1c of 6.3 and fasting insulin. He reported 3 out of 5 above-mentioned symptoms and was confused as to why he was unable to break the injury cycle and tame his expanding waistline even with dedicated hours in the gym. Chronic pain management is all about getting to the root cause of the problem.

After his blood glucose was stabilized not only did his energy levels improve so did his injury susceptibility. 

Why are these happening?

This is science simplified …

Cells are starved of glucose
Can’t produce enough energy due to the body and poor mitochondrial function
CELLS GET TIRED and We feel tired even after a meal
POOR MUSCULAR CONTROL  AND  EFFICIENCY DURING EXERCISE aka  Poor exercise form and poor recovery
After exercise injuries and soreness increases and this makes more injuries.

Why does my belly fat not reduce?

Increase blood glucose
High insulin production
Cells have become insulin resistant because of constantly high blood insulin
High insulin levels in the blood
Prevents breakdown of fats aka LIPOLYSIS
Increases fat accumulation in the body around the organs  ie the abdomen 

If any of the above resonates with you read on for some of the strategies which I use regularly


The food you eat talks to your gut microbiome and decides your health.

Eat whole, natively sourced and a variety of grains.

Go gluten free

Do not skip dinner.

Add more veggies to your diet. A simple ratio of 2:1:1 with 2 of veggies and 1 of grain and 1of protein is great.

Relax , do a few belly breaths and eat slowly and mindfully


Our body has an internal clock and a cicardian rhythm. Our hormones are released as per this clock. So sleep and wake at roughly the same time everyday. Again keep your meal times consistent 


 Image credit Cleveland center of medicine

A great picture to show why should you exercise and move more 

Do atleast 2 to 3 sessions of strength training per week.

Make sure to recruit more muscles during exercises.

Recruit large groups more like core and gluts.

Focus more on the form and not the number.

Keep your breathing synchronized with the movements.

If you are doing weights follow a scientific protocol like SAID or OXFORD.

Look out for signs of overtraining.

I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed putting it down…. Take care

Additional reading,oxidation%2C%20and%20hepatic%20glucose%20output.



All of us know that pain is an unpleasant sensation and can happen with or even without tissue damage. In this blog let us look at how our gut health or lack of it will determine how much and how long the pain remains with us and what to do about it.

Pain simply put is an immune response to an antigen ( injury, threat of injury). This leads to activation of our immune system just like forces are primed before a war our immune system is in a state of alert.

When the pain is chronic ( more than 3 months), it can alter the gene function of the immune system. This will affect how the T cells, a group that is very important to regulate immune functions, respond. This in turn will release Proinflammatory cells aka Cytokines. This will keep the inflammation and the pain drive alive and thus you are stuck with pain that either comes back every now and then or remains with you even after the tissue damage is over.


It is the communication between the nerve cells in the gut and the microbiota with the brain and the spinal cord. If the gut microbiome is diverse and healthy it gives accurate signals to the brain to turn down the pain stimulus and that’s the ideal situation.

When for any reason the gut health is poor ( medications, stress, leaky gut, nutrient-deficient foods)  the microbes release chemicals which sensitize the nervous system, increase the cortisol ( stress hormone) levels in the blood, and put us in a state of alarm. This can increase the pain and prevent full recovery.

In short, a happy gut makes a happy brain and a pain-free life.


Eat native and diverse foods.

Hydrate well

Manage stress

Sleep hygiene

Move and move more of you.


Immune responses of microglia in pain

Immune activation – role of pro inflammatory cytokines

Pian regulation by gut microbiota

Gut-brain axis


How to climb stairs with knee pain

Hi, this blog is for those of you who have knee pain and have stairs in your house which you have to negotiate on a daily basis. Here I am going to share a few tips which would help you to do this activity pain-free and safe.

Before we move on to the actionable let us look at what happens when we climb up

If the step is high we bend the hip and knee to 90 degrees and if low less than that.

With patellofemoral pain aka front of knee pain

The front of the thigh muscles or Quadriceps lengthen eccentrically and the back of the thigh muscles aka Hamstrings shorten. The calf muscles shorten to help bend the knee and place the foot on the step. All of these try to push the knee cap out of the groove in which it sits aka Patellar groove. To prevent this displacement the ligaments tighten and put pressure on the knee cap and the cartilage behind it causing pain and burning.

With medial osteoarthritis

In a normal joint both the lower bulb like ends of the thigh bone femur or medically known as femoral condyles glide and roll forward smoothly on table  top of the tibia or the shin bone. This bends the knee painlessly. In case of any degeneration or tear the gliding is uneven and painful. When such a knee is loaded more while climbing up it increases the pain.

Climbing down

Front of knee pain

The quads or the front of the thigh muscles shorten actively to straighten the knee to allow the foot to be placed on the step-down. The hamstrings and the calf lengthen. Both these force the knee cap into the groove loading the patella and its joint more. This makes climbing down more painful for those of us who have this kind of pain.

Inner knee pain

As the gliding is not smooth and there is instability there is pain with loading but much lesser than climbing up.

By now you have a brief understanding of what happens and why does it pain lets get to how to do it painfree

1.Always hinge or bend from the hips

Most of us unknowingly curl the spine and flatten the low back while climbing. Be mindful to bend the hips and keep the chest relaxed and down. Keep the weight on the heels.

2. Tighten the buttock muscles or the gluts

To engage the core and the gluts breathe out and gently pull the navel to the spine without rounding the back. Try to tighten the buttock on the side which is lower. Again there should not be any turning of your chest. As you alternate steps you will alternate the contractions

I hope these tips help you to climb pain-free.


Chondromalacia patella aka The Anterior knee pain

This week I am writing all about Anterior knee pain and how to manage it non-pharmacologically.

What is it?

It is overuse and degenerative injury of the cartilage behind the kneecap or the patella. Cartilage is a soft tissue that acts as a shock absorber and makes the patellar movements smooth and efficient. When the knee is overloaded it puts a lot of stress on this small area and causes the cartilage to break down. As with any injury, inflammation follows with pain and loss of function.

Our bodies respond to our habitual postures… here are few and their effects on our knees

Image courtesy  Aug 12 2021


Forward head, flattening of the low back makes the hamstrings overactive and inhibits the gluts activity. This does not allow the knees to straighten fully and over a period of time puts excessive loads on the front of the knee aka the Patellofemoral Joint and causes degeneration.


Weak core and makes the pelvis moves forwards. Now the knee is locked in an abnormal straightened out position aka HyperextensionThis causes overactivity of the quadriceps which pushes the knee caps into the knee joint causing the patellar cartilage to wear out.

How does it feel?

Persistent pain in the front and inner side of the knee.

Burning and grinding sensation behind the knee caps

Locking during static postures like long sitting or standing

Reduced knee bending while walking on the affected side.

Three steps for recovery

Improve torso stability and alignment so that the lower back and hips are free enough to support the knees

The increased hip extension helps to engage the big gluteal muscles and offload the knees 

Improve core muscle control to improve the position of the pelvis and free up the knees for walking painfree.

Movements which help

Standing core tuck in with toes extension

Stand with feet shoulder-width distance against the wall such that the psis touch the wall. Your weight must be on the heels. Now breathe out and pull the navel to the spine keeping the low back in neutral. Count to 4 . Simultaneously lift only the toes keeping the balls of the toes on the ground up. Hold for 4 counts and relax counting to 8.

Single leg standing and hip hiking in the unsupported side

Stand with feet shoulder-width distance and the outer border as parallel to each other as possible. Bend one knee to 90 degrees. Breathe out, engage the core counting to 4 and hike the hip on the unsupported side without leaning over with the torso. Hold for 4 counts Relax counting to 8.

Standing and heel strike

Stand as above. Engage the core counting to 4. Place a cushion in front of you. Take a step forward such that the heel is placed on the cushion. Try to contact your gluteus maximus without altering your position. Keep the knee cap facing forwards. Hold the contraction for 4 counts and release counting to 8.

Lying single leg lift

Lie on the back. Place a small towel under the left hip. Now place your fingers on the front of the hips on both sides and check that they must be in the same line. Bend one knee to 90 degrees and place the foot flat on the bed. Straighten the left knee such that the toes point towards the ceiling. Engage the core counting to 4 and simultaneously lift the left heel up by 3 to 5cms. Hold for 4 counts and relax counting to 8.

Each movement can be repeated 3 to 5 times each hour. One movement per hour.

Pain is the biggest driver to determine how we move, how much we move, and how we feel about ourselves.. I am signing off by wishing all of us pain-free bodies and movement rich lives.


Long Covid Symptoms

A brief background 

It had started when a 26-year-old female who had recovered fully from a mild covid infection 4 months ago came to meet me. After complete recovery, she started getting back to her pre covid life and that’s when she realized that all was not the same.

Post covid syndrome

These are the residual effects of covid 19 infections. Even though one is tested negative and technically covid free these symptoms either persist or even occur new. So if you or your loved one has had covid this blog is for you…


A mild shortness of breath is noticed during exertional activities like stair climbing, playing with the child or pet, doing things in a hurry, or even brisk walking. She would feel that the breath stops at the upper chest level and would want to pause to take a deep breath.

Persistent irritation of the throat–  A feeling that the throat was getting dry frequently and scratchy. It was more at night when she rested her head on the pillow. 

Reduced appetite – A general lack of hunger drive and a feeling of bloating.

Restless nights- She felt that she was not sleeping deep and was getting up frequently. 

Lethargy and fatigue– Lack of restful sleep made her feel more tired and irritable towards the evening. This had started to impact her personal and professional life.

What did we do


SHORT TERM GOALS (0-12 weeks)

  1. Improve lung functions and overall aerobic capacity.

Posting few movement videos

Bear hug

Swaying tree

Brisk walking for 5 min every 2 hours

  1. Move to strengthen

We started with 15 min strength work. The focus was on the quality of movements and not the quantity.. Form first. I am posting 2 great videos by Dr Kristie Ennis on the same

 Beginner workout.

 Exercises to do everyday

  1. Sleep hygiene

  It’s not always about how much we do it’s also about how much time we give for repair and regeneration. This is where a good sleep routine is required. Sharing my short post on 5 useful tips to sleep like a baby

LONG TERM GOALS(3-12 months)

  1. Regular walks 45-60 min at 60 -70%of the HR maximum
  1. Breath work 3-5 times each hour and do 1 movement at a time. Exhale double of inhale.
  2. Structured strength work as shared above ( reps 15 and 3 sets)
  3. 10 belly breathing before sleep.


Currently she is in month 1 of long term goals and she is able to manage moderate exertion in her day to day activities with ease. Mood and fatigue have improved greatly. Sleep is longer 6-6.5 hours and fairly restful. And the work continues…

In the words of Thomas Edison” The Doctor of the  future will give no medicine but will instruct his patients in care of the human frame,in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease


Forward head posture and low back pain

Hi sharing an interesting case of forward neck and continual back pain.A 35year old software professional presented with repeated episodes of low back pain and stiffness making sitting, standing or even lying down painful . His first episode was 3 years ago and  have been repeating since then ,each time with increasing severity  every 4-6 weeks. He had consulted many doctors and physios . He would feel better with prescription 10 day courses of anti inflammatory and muscle relaxants with physical therapy till the next episode hit and the cycle started again.Multiple MRI scans had shown that the lumbar architecture was fine and the lordosis aka the curve in the low back had flattened out. 

A detailed history and observation showed that he was a workaholic in long periods of chair sitting and screen time.  Both of these had not been kind to the back. He had a visible Forward head position, rounded shoulders and flattened out low back

Pic courtesy

Chain of events 

His habitual positioning had caused a weakening of the spinal muscles. This was made worse with the weak neck musculature.All of these had lead to poor core strength and a flat back. A flattened back is like a stretched out rubber band with poor shock absorption and flexibility. This caused repetitive microtrauma to the structures and tissue damage over a period of time. At this stage the body would respond to pain meds and passive pain management techniques like IFT and TENs but as the original faulty pattern was not addressed the tissues had never healed fully . Their ability to bear the loads in day to day life had come down and thus started another pain spasm episode. Repeated pain cycles had caused the brain to freeze or inhibit the painful part even now without actual tissue damage. This explained the constant stiffness without pain.


Phase 1( Repositioning forward head and strengthen upper back)

We started with these

Chin tucks

Standing arm reach

Wall angels

Once he was comfortable repeating each movement 30 times per day painless we moved on to phase 2

Phase 2( Functional core muscle activation and improving hip flexibility)

Chair squats

Chair squat- stand facing the back of a sturdy chair. Place your palms on the back of the chair . Keeping the knee caps forward and bend the knee 5-8 cms keeping the weight on the heels . Breathe in as you go down and out as you come up. Repeat 3 to 5 times each hour. Make sure to keep the ribs in line with the hips .

Belly breathing

Toe raises with belly breathing

Stand with the feet shoulder width distance and the outer border parallel to each other.     Breathe in and lift yourself up on the toes. Breathe out  engaging the core and come down without touching the heels to the ground . Repeat this movement 3- 5 times each hour.


Over a period of 8 weeks he reported no pain flare up. His pain at rest had gone down by 50 percent of the original reported and he had started walking at a comfortable pace outdoors for 60 min everyday.

To sum it all I’m quoting one of the foremost pain clinicians Dr Greg Lehman BKin ,Msc,DC,MscPT 

The body is more of an Ecosystem and less of a car that needs aligning. Our treatment should reflect this


smartphone usage and cervical pain and fatigue


Sitting posture of subjects with postural backache



Hi, welcome to part 1 of my 2 part series where I talk all about stretching. Stretching has been a hot topic of discussion in fitness circles for some time now with researchers giving varied conclusions about the efficacy, type, duration of hold, when to do them, and what to do..

This blog is dedicated to these FAQ’s and part 2 will have selected few movements which have helped me and my patients over years.

Stretching simply

Most muscles are attached at both ends to bones and movement of the muscle moves the bones. In simple terms, it is the activity of moving one end away from the other keeping one end fixed. 

How should I feel

You should feel a gentle, sustained pull or tension through the length of the muscle. At no point should you feel pain. Keep breathing gently and regularly throughout the movement.

How much is too much

2-4 times with a hold time of 10 counts every 90 minutes is a good starting point… You can slowly increase the duration of hold as you ease into the positions.

When to do

If you are looking at performance its good to do the stretches as a cool-down routine

If you are looking to improve your overall flexibility good to do it in small doses at regular intervals throughout the day.

If you are looking to destress and unwind you can do a twenty-minute routine just before bedtime.

Stretch menu

Like a menu card stretching also has a variety to choose from…

With props

A block. yoga belt, bolster, low stool, window sill,  wall, or even your kitchen counter can help you get into a stretch. So look around you and be creative.

With breath

Breathe into the chest and the belly while getting into a stretch and out and relax…

Partner stretch

Certain lower body stretches can be done with a partner.. It adds a social component to our otherwise socially distant routine.

Active muscle contraction

Tighten the muscle opposite to the one you want to stretch. Hold the contraction for 5-8 sec and relax. Now gently lengthen the muscle you want to stretch till you feel tension. To stretch your tight biceps tighten the triceps and repeat as above.

These are my 2 cents on this.. please feel free to put in your valuable comments and suggestions … Take care and stretch well


Breath of life

As I lay down all tucked in

Grateful for the breath of life which fills me in

I bend my knees and relax my toes

Lengthen my head into the pillows

With back rested and feet on the bed

I let go of myself from toes to head

I breathe in through the nose

Allowing my belly to fill like bellows

Now I let the air out gently through my pursed lips

My belly now sinks towards my rested hips

This gentle bobbing is a lot of fun

It’s called Breathing into the Abdomen

Do it in the morning or at night

This breathwork is sure to make you light.


Boosting immunity the movement way

With a curb on outdoor movements, closure of fitness spaces we are now looking differently to fulfill our much-needed exercise quota indoors. Anyone who had been reasonably active and consistent with exercise would know how it feels to not do it for some time. Apart from mood-boosting and better work output I want to talk about one of the most underrated uses of movement Immunity-boosting in this blog… so let’s get moving

Lymphatic system

An intricate system of tubes that remove metabolic wastes, transport fatty acid, and most importantly produce immune cells (such as lymphocytes, monocytes, and antibody-producing cells called plasma cells) aka our natural immunity system primer.

It’s all about the forces

The lymphatic vessels are very delicate and solely depend on gravity and forces around them to push the lymph around. The forces are muscular shortening and lengthening… you guessed it right movements use muscles and working muscles move the lymph.. better lymphatic movements better WBC circulation and better immunity. In short more movement more immunity.

Let’s see how to

A simple barefoot stroll in the house for 5 min every 60 min is a great kick starter.

For the desk junkies out there, invest in a good standing desk.

While standing vary the foot position..stand with the feet shoulder-width distance and the outer border parallel to each other to use those gluts more. You can stand one foot ahead of the other as in a short step. You can change sides every 30 minutes.

Try low sitting as much pain-free- you can sit on 2 cushions then move to 1 and try floor sitting.

On the floor try long sitting ( sit without or minimal back support and stretch the knees in front of you. Toes will point to the ceiling.)

Cross legged sitting ( sukhasasana, Padmasana)

Side-swept sitting

Microbreaks to strength train-Take small regular breaks 2 minutes every 60 min. You can do your own bodyweight moves like ( Wall or incline pushups, Squats, lunges Or even jumping jacks. Start with 5 reps of 2 movements and can add more reps or more movements)

Balance trainer- A  balance pad is a great way to add whole body balance work which uses more of us in a fun way. ( Try standing on it with both feet shoulder-width, feet close, and 1 legged stand. Try to hold the for 1 min each side and can repeat 2-3 times )

Focus on how and what you eat– We are what we eat… Eat wholesome unrefined locally grown foods. Add more whole grains and nuts to your plate. This will make you chew the food more and add more movement to the jaw muscles and strengthen them.

Try to have a meal or a snack sitting on the floor.

 Breathe better and mindfully- Cant emphasize its importance enough. For actionable please refer to my previous and dedicated blog -Breath as an immunity booster….

This blog is a collection of those small changes which have helped me personally .. If you have any great ideas please feel free to reach out and we can add on to this list…. Take care and stay safe