Why do people get stuck on their weight loss project? Being overweight is a complicated metabolic dysfunction in which the cells are not sending and receiving proper messages. Hormonal imbalance, nutritional deficiencies, poor sleep, inadequate detoxification pathways, drugs, heavy metal overload, and stress all play a part in your ability to use your food rather than store it. If you are stressed when you eat, your body will respond by storing your food instead of using it. Try this - before, during, and after eating do three belly breathing exercises. Place your hands on your belly. Breathe in deeply through your nose and stick out your belly at the same time. As you exhale let your belly return to normal. This exercise turns on your parasympathetic nervous system and tells your body "Everything here is fine - go ahead and burn these calories". Christine Blakeney, D.O.