Weight loss. It’s a multibillion dollar industry. You can’t go anywhere without being bombarded with weight loss products, weight loss centers, weight loss programs. Obesity has been called an epidemic by the CDC and rightfully so. Upwards of 64% of Americans are considered overweight. Type II Diabetes is on the rise. Airlines have changed policies to account for the extra weight that Americans carry, and not just in their luggage.
Recently, I’ve been getting requests for help with weight loss. People are overwhelmed by what you can eat, what you can’t eat, what pill to pop, what exercise to do. Many are looking for the magic formula, superfood, miracle pill, or special “brew”. The truth is, assuming all hormones are balanced and there are no hidden food reactions, losing weight is as simple as “stop eating garbage and move your butt”, but few people want to hear that.
Now, I’m not a die-hard believer in calories in, calories out as the solution for weight loss, but the concept isn’t without merit. It’s just not the whole story. But then again, neither is the term weight or weight loss. I have a saying in my practice that goes something like this – “We don’t lose weight to get healthy, we get healthy to lose weight”. See, weight, whether overweight or underweight is a symptom of poor health and often poor nutritional status. Until the decision is made to get healthy, the prospect of achieving healthy weight is a far-fetched dream. Oh sure, there are quick fixes, we’ve all seen them, and many of us have tried them. I think, however, that losing weight only to regain it is more frustrating than the struggle to lose weight in the first place.
Here are the questions I ask all my patients seeking weight loss to answer.
There are no right or wrong answers, just your answers. Once you have the answers to these questions, we have a good foundation to build on. The most important step in making is change is changing your mind.