Weight Loss – Change Your Mind to Change Your Waistline

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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.

  1. What are you eating now? Before we can begin to change, we need to have an honest look at where we are. Many people believe they are eating healthy, so this is a tool for education, not for judgment.
  2. Why do you want to lose weight? It’s not so important for me to know as it is for you to know. This requires change and in order to change anything, we have to know why we are doing it. Otherwise, when it gets hard, and it will, we revert to comfortable behavior so knowing why we are doing something allows us to draw on it for our motivation.
  3. How committed are you to making changes? Are you interested in small, slow changes over some time or are you interested in radical changes that shake things up and get faster results but requires more fortitude and effort?
  4. What obstacles do you see as preventing you from getting healthy? Where are the downfalls, upcoming events, emotional pitfalls, etc. Life happens, schedules get busy, friends and family want to get together. Recognizing this and realizing the places where you have struggled before is important so you can plan for success.
  5. What role are you expecting me to have? Do you need help with daily eating plans, exercise, accountability, motivation? Or do you want me to shut up and go away? Or something in between? It can take a variety of forms.

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.

Darla L. Logan, N.M.D earned her Doctorate from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where she was trained in both conventional and natural health care. She currently practices General Medicine with an increased focus on regenerative medicine and injection therapies. Dr. Logan has completed specialty training in Environmental Medicine, Thyroid Disorders, Nutrition, Physical Medicine, and Injection Therapies including IV therapies, Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy.

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