It sounds easy enough: you want to lose 30 or 40 pounds and are committed to the work required. The problem is you don’t know where to start. Diet or exercise? Should you eat any carbs or fat? How many calories per day should you aim for? All of these questions competing for attention in your head can make it hard to even get started with weight loss. At New You Medical in Fort Lauderdale, FL, we replace the wonder with science-backed strategies.
How Can I Lose Weight Fast?
The best answer to this question is with a comprehensive and personalized plan that considers more than just calories in versus calories out. As a society, we’ve become obsessed with the notion that as long as we burn more than we eat, we’ll shed pounds as quickly as we can snap our fingers.
But this narrow perspective doesn’t take into consideration the greater equation, that weight loss is influenced by such factors as:
- Psychological health
- External influences
The Bigger Picture for Weight Loss
To better understand, consider the mother who, with a husband and two small children, wants to embark on a diet. Doing so, however, requires that she prepares separate food for herself; her family can eat routine meals like grilled cheese and spaghetti, but she’s decided to stick with healthier options like grilled chicken and vegetables. The time required for this preparation gets to her within a few weeks, and she gives up before she’s really dug in.
Likewise, a person who doesn’t manage stress well might turn to food for comfort. And someone who’s been sedentary for a while may struggle to immediately change his or her habits. Finally, metabolism slows naturally with age, which makes losing weight that much more complex. Breaking down these factors individually allows you to see how quickly they can get in the way of your goals and keep you from the body you want.
A More Comprehensive Plan
We eschew the idea that losing weight is nothing more than calorie counting and have instead developed a thorough program that considers not only the treatment of weight gain but also the causes and prevention. This means that upon completing our regimen, you’ll have the tools to keep off the weight you’ve lost. This is just one of the ways our program is so different from that of others.
While we’re likely to recommend a number of strategies that complement each other, some of those most commonly incorporated into patients’ plans include:
- Prescriptive appetite suppressants
- Supplements, such as nutraceuticals
- Specialized food plans
- HCG diet protocol
- Hormonal balancing
While there’s no denying that hunger is helpful – it keeps us from starving – continuing to eat beyond hunger is both common and problematic. Overeating can stem from a variety of causes, such as keeping unhealthy but tasty food well within arm’s reach. Another factor is mindless eating, such as when you keep putting your hand in a bag of chips while watching your favorite movie.
While understanding the cause of overeating is an important part of the plan we recommend for you, the concept of prescription appetite suppressants remains the same: to control your cravings in a way that prevents mindless or emotional overeating. In turn, you can move your attention away from food and toward your body, nourishing it with healthy choices rather than those that provide initial comfort.
The use of herbal remedies is nothing new; the oldest written document comprised of herbal medications was discovered on a clay tablet in Nagpur dating back to about 5000 years ago. And over the last millennia, plants, herbs, and spices heralded for their healing properties have been used around the world. Ginseng is still common in China, Ancient Egyptians used thyme and juniper (among others), and Ancient Romans favored cinnamon.
Today, common nutraceuticals range from green tea supplements to vitamin B12. The goal is to identify those supplements that simultaneously fulfill your body’s needs and support your weight loss goals. Probiotics, for instance, balance the bacteria in your digestive system and can help reduce belly fat.
Two benefits come from having specially designed food plans: they eliminate the guesswork of finding the right combination of food to eat, and you know what you are eating will fuel your body in the appropriate way. This is much better than abruptly quitting all carbs or all sugars and feeling deprived within just a few days.
HCG Protocol and Hormonal Balancing
The HCG protocol, which has gained widespread attention in both the media and among healthcare providers, involves restricted calorie intake and injections or supplements of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). This is a hormone that can help the body preferentially burn fat, meaning it may help you lose weight in common problem areas like the hips, thighs, and abdomen.
Although we don’t often equate hormone imbalances with weight gain, the two are linked in both men and women. Men with low testosterone levels can experience increased abdominal fat and lost muscle tissue; for women, low estrogen can contribute to the body’s ineffective use of starches and blood sugar, which leads to stubborn fat storage. Hormone therapy is, therefore, another strategy we may explore with you.
Reasons to Choose a Comprehensive Plan
Many times, patients come to us after trying fad diets, weight loss shakes, and other extreme measures that simply don’t work. The problem is that a lot of bad information regarding weight loss can be easily found. While some tips are helpful, most are not, and this is because every person’s body operates in a slightly unique way.
Your chemistry is not the same as that of your friend’s, so what worked for him or her isn’t likely to yield the same results for you. This is why we tailor every plan we develop after carefully considering factors like your medical history, weight loss goals, and body composition.
Diet and Exercise Can Be Exhausting
As we discussed earlier, most weight-loss recommendations focus on calories in and out, making the process sound much simpler than it is. When you follow this advice, you try to eat much less and exercise far more. But doing so can take away from the nutritional support you need and cause you to feel frustrated and exhausted.
Our program isn’t just about shedding pounds; it’s also designed to improve overall wellness and nutrition. In turn, you feel revitalized and energetic, both of which can prompt you to continue with your goals.
You Want a Support System
While you can generally count on support from your friends and family when making big decisions, the same isn’t necessarily true when embarking on a weight loss journey. Refining your body can be a challenge, and not everyone is ready to face it at the same time. Your family may therefore continue eating what they want even as you attempt to be more diligent.
This, of course, can make it difficult for you to stay on course. But you no longer need to worry about going the distance alone. With our guidance, you can navigate the less-than-straight path weight loss often turns out to be and finally have the body you want.
You’re Ready to Change Old Habits
Plenty of people successfully diet only to see the weight come springing back. This frustrating cycle of hard work and returning to old habits is both counterproductive and unhealthy. We can help you break the pattern and, instead of dieting or exercising just long enough to shed the weight, adopt a new lifestyle.
We won’t ask you to stop all your activities. Instead, we’ll look at those that are most detrimental and find ways to replace them. For instance, if you reward yourself with a milkshake at the end of a long day, we’ll replace the sugary treat with something more nutritious. The goal is to make substitutions in a way that helps you more fully enjoy life.
You Need Help Finding the Right Exercise
Just like finding the right job and home are individual choices, so too is finding the right exercise. If you hate running, trying to go three or four miles a day won’t yield many long-term benefits. You’ll soon stop because it’s a chore rather than something you enjoy.
Keep in mind that exercise can encompass a range of activities, from dancing to your favorite playlist to walking the dog. We’ll help you explore new options so you can develop the healthy habits you need.
A Few Reasons People Gain Weight
To date, over 400 different genes that influence obesity have been identified, contributing in ways that affect metabolism, food cravings, satiety, and appetite. While the strength of genetic influence significantly varies from person to person, understanding its role can be helpful in managing your own weight.
Environmental factors also play roles and usually come into play very early in life. For example, babies who are breastfed for more than three months are less likely to be obese than those who breastfeed for less time. And childhood habits tend to remain well into adulthood; kids who drink processed foods and drink sodas develop a taste for them that can persist for many years to come.
Calorie intake is another dominant factor, with evidence supporting Americans eat more today than ever before. The drivers behind this include:
- Larger portions
- Greater availability of food
- More high-calorie choices
Although each of these factors is equally important, food availability seems to be the most dominant. You can purchase snacks and goodies from gas stations, restaurants, and drive-thrus. And eating out more often generally leads to poorer nutrition.
Lack of Sleep
A lack of sleep yields more than a feeling of fatigue; it disrupts hormones that naturally control hunger and appetite. This can lead to inexplicable weight gain that is hard to lose; it’s also a leading cause of stress, as poor sleep can give way to feelings of anxiety. The cycle these factors lead to is vicious: feeling exhausted during the day, trying to cope with caffeinated and sugar-laden foods and beverages, and tossing and turning at night.
The Path of Least Resistance
We can eliminate the complexities of weight loss and set you on a path of greater health. With a fully-developed plan crafted just for you, you’ll see real results and acquire the tools necessary to keep weight gain at bay. Schedule your consultation today by calling New You Medical in Fort Lauderdale, FL.