I was interested in 10-12-15 NY Magazine article I Am Training for a Marathon. So Why Am I Getting Fat? I thought they might at least allude to what I see in athletes sometimes, where a common cluster of imbalances: gut dysbiosis, thyroid & adrenal hypofunction, sex hormone imbalances, vitamin/mineral depletions, subclinical mitochondropathy can show up as weight loss resistance or weight gain despite pushing oneself through intense exercise. Alas, there wasn’t a hint of a mention of underlying metabolic/biochemical/microbial disturbances in the article. Rather, the focus was on calorie consumption & perception of exertion vs real exertion. This notion is true enough, and I personally experienced it when I was in school and rode my bike avidly: I wasn’t immune to weight gain if I ate too much, despite a ton of exercise. But I’ve also seen athletes suffer profoundly when the underlying imbalances are not identified and corrected; they gain weight, fatigue easily and turn out poorer performances despite a full training schedule. The psychological examination and push to exercise harder in these instances can rebound and become a form of self-abuse. Here’s just such a case that we turned around in a fairly straight-forward way using FxMed.