For successful weight loss to occur, an individualized treatment plan needs to be developed. An effective plan for weight loss does more than just limiting calories and increasing exercise. Some people achieve the results they want this way, but most don’t. Many people have difficulty losing weight in their hips, thighs, and belly. The main reason for this is hormonal imbalances in the body. Hormones are often overlooked in people that have difficulty losing weight. Hormones function by regulating metabolism, blood sugar, fat distribution and much more. Dr. Schmutz spends the time needed to identify the causes of an individual’s weight gain through history, thorough questioning, and laboratory tests. After this is completed he develops an individualized treatment plan for each patient.