The holidays are quickly approaching, and with them, the expectations of joyous celebration and good cheer. Unfortunately, many people also experience frustration and uncertainty of managing weight and health in the coming years.
If you are 50 pounds overweight or more, and each year at this time you decide on a new approach to loosing the weight, it’s time to take a serious look at your past attempts. The options today are endless. There are many great programs that offer diet, exercise, online support, etc. Your yearly experience has probably familiarized you with much of what’s available. You’ve probably already discovered too, that no one weight loss plan fits all. Recently released studies show that a diet that works for one person may not produce good results for another. (Check out Dr. Owens’ blog on the subject http://blog.drmiltowens.com ). Genes, hormones and environment all play major roles.
5 important factors to consider when making a decision on addressing your over weight issues:
1- Choose a healthy diet that can be maintained. This needs to be a commitment to both the food you choose and to your eating habits.
2- Make sure that you choose a diet that will work well with existing medical conditions. A large majority of overweight people have diseases related to their weight, such as diabetes, hypertension, etc.
3- Any diet that basically denies you enough calories per day to sustain energy and a normal life is not only dangerous but can create a worse situation in your struggle to gain control of your life and how and what you eat.
4- Emotional problems can be hampering your success. It’s important to consult a therapist if your struggles are based on emotional issues. Consider whether all you need is a partner- a life coach or personal trainer to keep you accountable or motivated.
5- Be your own advocate ---- Know your struggles and realize when it’s time to talk with medical professionals who can advise you on all options available to you. Success is your goal.
The single most important thing you can do is be well educated. Seek out dedicated professionals in their field, whether it’s a weight loss program, fitness training, life coaching, therapy or weight loss surgery. It may be a combination of all of the above. Be open to accepting that what you have done in the past hasn’t worked or you wouldn’t be facing this same problem each year. Imagine the new resolutions you can have if you conquer this issue once and for all. Success in this part of your life will open up unlimited possibilities.
If you are one of the many people who struggle with weight, keep in mind that ultimately it may take a more effective, long term solution to achieve the results you want and need for improving your overall quality of life and well being.
If weight loss surgery may be the final answer, as you try different diets and programs, it’s important to be under a doctor’s supervision---and keep copies of all medical records of your efforts. Many people are unaware that most medical insurers now require these records to show your attempts with non surgical weight management.
Dr. Owens and Coastal Center for Obesity welcome your questions regarding permanent weight loss options. We provide online chat on our website: www.coastalobesity.com or email: email@example.com