What Is Healthy Weight Loss?

Healthy Weight Loss
November 24, 2021 0 Comments

Healthy weight loss can be a heavy topic. If you’ve been carrying around an extra 20 pounds or more, you’re literally sick and tired of trying to lighten your load. If you have an event coming up, you’re probably in a hurry to slip off those last few pounds.

That’s normal, and there are plenty of marketing gurus out there selling all kinds of miracle weight loss products and programs to help lose weight fast. But not all of those plans work, and even the ones that do generally do not take healthy weight loss into consideration.

Just Say No to Yo-yo Diets

You may be in a hurry, but do you want to stay on those yo-yo diets for the rest of your life? Wouldn’t you prefer to do it in a healthy way that will make you look and feel great and last a lifetime? If the answer is yes, we’re glad you are here. It’s natural to want to lose weight very quickly, but research has shown that people who lose weight gradually and steadily are more successful at keeping weight off.

Here’s what healthy weight loss isn’t a:

  • Diet
  • Come and go exercise fad
  • One-size-fits-all solution
  • One-time attack on fat
  • Speedy pill
  • Practice where you exercise until you drop

Healthy weight loss is about ongoing lifestyle choices that include long-term changes in daily eating and exercise habits as well as attending to your body’s needs. Yes, you may need to start on a stricter regimen, but the best type of weight loss, or weight loss program, will include manageable tools that last a lifetime.

That way, once you lose the weight, it stays lost! Losing weight is a commitment. Staying at a healthy weight is a lifetime commitment. If you’re here, we believe that you are ready to get started on the path to total wellness.

Losing weight Isn’t Just About Looking Good

For many people, the drive to lose weight comes from a desire to “look better” or maybe to fit into their wedding dress in time for the wedding. But healthy weight loss brings with it more than aesthetics. It also brings major health benefits. You don’t have to lose a whole lot of weight to enjoy the health benefits that come with healthy weight loss.

Even losing 5 to 10 percent of your total body weight can help with:

This is good news for people who fall into the overweight or obese category. These people need to lose the amount of weight to get to a healthy weight can be overwhelming.

But even if a 200-pound person “only” loses 10 pounds (Congratulations, by the way! We know how hard that can be!), their risk factors for chronic diseases related to obesity decrease. Not only that, but according to the National Weight Control Registry, once you start losing weight, your energy levels, physical mobility, general mood, and self-confidence will start to rise.

Want More Good News?

Healthy weight loss can also:

  • Improve mental health
  • Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduce the risk of certain cancers like:
    • Endometrial cancer
    • Breast cancer
    • Kidney cancer
    • Liver cancer
    • Pancreatic cancer
  • Improve your sleep
  • Raise self-esteem
  • Boost sex drive
  • Improve mobility
  • Decrease joint pain

Everybody Is Different

Have you tried and failed to lose weight by the “calorie in/calorie out” theory? Did it make you feel like a failure? Chin up! You are not alone!

Counting calories and exercising does not help many people struggling to lose weight. Our bodies have hormonal and metabolic “moving targets” that either allow OR prevent the body from releasing body fat stores. No two bodies are the same. We each have different hormone levels, metabolisms, biomarkers, and ways our bodies work.

We Lead Different Lives

Every individual’s propensity for weight loss or weight gain is influenced by a variety of factors like:

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Quality and depth of sleep
  • Environmental stressors
  • Shifting hormone levels
  • Dietary habits
  • Exercise routines
  • Calorie/nutrient content of the foods eaten.

Everything on this list can affect the metabolic rate (the rate at which your body creates and burns energy) and how the body uses stored energy sources such as fat, muscle, and glycogen.

Aging Is a Common Factor in Weight Gain and Lean Muscle Loss

Although excess body fat and loss of lean muscle are two of the most common aspects of aging, they are also the most preventable. It’s common for physiologic, metabolic, and hormonal changes to begin to occur in your late-20’s. When combined with changes in diet and lifestyle, these can lead to weight gain.

Are You on Track With Your Weight Loss Goals?

Whether you’ve just started your weight loss journey, you’ve plateaued, or you’re ready to throw in the towel, we can help. In our decade-long experience, we have found that weight loss and weight management have no one size fits all approach.

You Need a Custom Program

Every patient needs a custom program that considers their:

  • Age
  • Lifestyles
  • Sleep patterns
  • Exercise habits
  • Hormones
  • Genetic predispositions
  • Cravings
  • Timeline preferences
  • Financial flexibility
  • Overall goals

We Can Help

We’ll get you started with a get-to-know-you visit and comprehensive lab analysis that includes a deep dive into your:

  • Hormones
  • Markers of:
    • Inflammation
    • Nutrition
    • Cardiovascular risk
    • Insulin sensitivity
    • Metabolic function

Then your weight loss team will get to work on your customized healthy weight loss plan.

Take a Look at Our Weight Loss Program

Components and options with your custom medical weight loss treatment program may include:

Are you ready to devote the time and energy to losing excess body fat and restoring your best health? Then, contact us for a consultation!

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