We are a nation with a growing population in need of weight loss treatment. Over the past 20 years there has been a dramatic increase of the rate of obesity in the United States. One-third of the adult population is now diagnosed to be obese. Even among doctors, it is a common belief that no one succeeds in losing weight in the long term. They say, the number of people who actually succeeds in this endeavor can be tallied on the fingers of one hand compared to that of hundreds or even thousands of people who didn’t. The crucial and yet seemingly destined to fail attempt at losing weight is rooted in one’s will power ad motivation. The most critical reason for people to lose weight is improved health. Who wouldn’t want to live a fair longer, healthier life? Health problems have been the number one reason why people want to lose weight. Being overweight is associated with heart conditions, diabetes and some forms of cancer. The World Health Organization cited being overweight is the fifth cause of death world-wide. Losing weight decreases the chances of acquiring these deadly illnesses and consequently reversing some conditions like type 2 diabetes. Some people want to lose weight to look good. Who doesn’t want to look good and feel good at the same time? To increase and uplift one’s spirit is also another reason why people would want to lose weight. The insecurities associated with being looked at and treated poorly only damages self-esteem and therefore creates a ripple-effect in the person’s life and not a good one at that. So how do you stay on track and keep up with your journey towards losing weight?
Weight Loss Diets
Ever heard of the phrase “You are what you eat”? Well, you are what you think as well. Experts have identified that most people fail at losing weight because they lack the will power to do get through it. What we should understand is that they key to resistance isn’t will power. Rather, distraction, avoidance and acceptance. To simply resist would require an average overweight person so much effort and eventually give in. The idea here is to not fight back, rather distract yourself. How? Distract yourself from one pleasure to another pleasure. If you are tempted to eat something you see that is readily available, think of something else that is not available and focus on that. Or, whenever the temptation is really strong, distract yourself by indulging into other forms of pleasure like reading an engrossing book and watching a good movie. Also, you need to plan ahead about your distractions as they are more likely to be effective if you have thought about them first. You should also avoid creating similar distraction at a time as it will not yield the same effect more than a few times. That means creating new distraction when you can. Perhaps the most powerful of all id avoidance; If you want to stop eating carbs, then stop buying them. Avoid restaurants that sell your favorite dessert or meal. The key to this is to minimize the likelihood of this temptation to cross your path. I know it sounds painful and grueling; this is where acceptance gets in the picture. We have been built to avoid pain but studies suggest that we sometimes put ourselves at risk for greater pain if we avoid it rather than accept it. So, accept that you will not eat those tempting foods that you have been craving for, it’ll ease the pain.
Weight Loss Dieting
There is no easy way to losing weight. There are many methods available – from weight loss dieting, weight loss pills and weight loss medicine. When it comes to weight loss dieting, it is recommended to eat a diet that minimizes starches and added sugar. For a faster weight loss, it is recommended to focus on fruits, veggies, egg whites, soy products, skinless poultry breasts, fish, shellfish, non-fat dairy foods and 95% lean meat. Here are more tips from Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, author of The Flexitarian Diet :
- Eat vegetables to help you feel full.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Get tempting foods out of your home.
- Stay busy — you don’t want to eat just because you’re bored.
- Eat only from a plate, while seated at a table.
- Don’t skip meals.
Keeping a food journal – writing own everything you eat has proven to be very helpful and effective in tracking your meals and to stay on track. Also, plan to do cardio and strength training and break a sweat. It is always good to get rid of those toxins out of your body and it burns a lot of fat too! But pace yourself, don’t do too much too soon. We wouldn’t want any injuries. At the end of every day, always motivate yourself and take time to appreciate what you accomplished.
We can do more than customize your weight loss plan. At Unger Primary Care Concierge Medical Center, we can offer you that behavioral support. We also can recommend a variety of weight loss clinical practices. Together, we’ll find the course of action that will have you looking and feeling fit. Have us give you a call.