Here are the five reasons you should choose a medical weight loss program and abandon the regular fad diets and exercises.
1. Medical weight loss offers newer evidence than decrease calories and increase exercise.
We have all heard the narrative, “to lose weight, just decrease your calories.” This story is from a study done in 1958, where they outlined the human fat represents about 3,500 calories (1). They then go through and determine, very simplistically that losing weight only involves dropping 500 calories a day for 1 pound a week. Great in theory, but unfortunately our bodies aren’t that simple. Altering one component of the body causes the entire system to have cascade effects and can dramatically change the basal metabolic rate—the overall energy needed to run the machine that is your body—for that individual. To get a more accurate sense of what is needed to lose weight, having a thorough understanding of your blood chemistry with an overall diet plan and supplements offer an individual game plan to achieve your desired weight loss.
2. Medical weight loss offers more diversity than just weight loss for overall health.
What if the struggle to lose weight was contributed to your thyroid and cortisol levels rather than the overall food you eat? A couple key hormones (estrogen, testosterone, insulin, DHEA, thyroid hormones and cortisol) all can increase abdominal fat (2,3,4,5). On the other side, these can also cause headaches, infertility, lack of energy, osteoporosis, anxiety and high blood pressure all the way to increased risk of depression and heart disease. Luckily, these can be measured clinically. By correcting these hormones via dietary changes or supplements, the primary result internally is a healthier and happier body ecosystem. Externally, you will see results on the scale.
3. Medical weight loss takes individuality into effect with higher accountability.
When you are trying to lose weight, and maintain and healthy lifestyle, will power alone often isn’t enough to move the needle. A study in 2008 showed a 3.5lb more weight gain when the patient was self-directed after losing weight (6). Normal diets usually involve the quick internet search with caloric restriction or a fad idea and no actual direction. By combining your will power with a medical professional’s guidance and accountability, you will have more sustained weight loss and increase your chances of keeping your hard work in check.
4. Medical weight loss avoids plateauing results stemming from thermogenic resistance of fat loss.
Too many people go down the path of eat less and must lose weight? We have already referenced the antiquated study that demonstrated that (1), but did you know that prolonged caloric decrease can have the reverse effects that you desire? After a 6-month trial, prolonged caloric decrease caused decreased fasting insulin levels and decreased body temperature (7). These two have a direct correlation with decreasing your metabolic rate. Remember, your metabolic rate is the day to day energy needed to run your body. When metabolic rate is lower, you have created a thermogenic resistance to fat loss. The alternative is a caloric efficient diet directed around what exactly you need to sustain your metabolic rate or increase it to more efficiently continue your weight loss goals.
5. Medical weight loss prevents the “yo-yo” affects after you have worked so hard.
Wight regain after a recent weight loss is one of the most common problems when it comes to diet control (8). According to Gary Foster, PhD, after months of hard work, nearly 65% of dieters return to their pre-diet weight within only three years. One of the biggest reasons is the crash or generic diets tend to lose water weight mostly or emphasis the diet restrictions rather than the whole-body health mechanism. To keep the weight off, the best combination is a unique, diverse diet that matches your body type and blood chemistry with an exercise program centered around your goals (9).
Yes, fad diets may help you lose weight in the short term, but at what cost to your health? And long term, they’ve been proven to be ineffective. When it comes down to weight loss, every person is unique and should have an individual approach. Medical weight loss accounts for what makes your body special while establishing accountability and avoiding mistakes that others will trip over. Medical weight loss is the most efficient way to become healthier, get the weight off, and keep it off for years to come.
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- Heilbronn LK, de Jonge L, Frisard MI, et al. Effect of 6-Month Calorie Restriction on Biomarkers of Longevity, Metabolic Adaptation, and Oxidative Stress in Overweight Individuals A Randomized Controlled Trial. JAMA. 2006;295(13):1539-1548.
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