What Is Considered a Healthy Weight Loss Program?

Unless you’re born with a naturally active metabolism (and a genetic tendency not to store fat), there’s a good chance that at some point in your life, you’re going to put on some extra pounds. In fact, in the U.S., about two-thirds of all adults are overweight or obese, which means if you’re carrying around excess weight, you’ve got lots of company. You’ve probably heard the saying, “There’s safety in numbers.” And to be sure, it can be comforting to know you’re not the only one confronting a problem in life. But when it comes to your weight, you don’t want to go along with the crowd. 

Being overweight or obese isn’t just about feeling great about the way you look. It’s also about being healthier and reducing your risks for serious and even life-threatening medical problems. The CDC says if you’re packing extra pounds, you could be at increased risk of developing:

The problem is, losing weight is not easy. And although there are dozens of diets to choose from, dropping extra weight is about a lot more than eating less and being more active. To lose weight — and keep it off — you need to make sure you have a healthy weight loss program that’s tailored to your needs.

What’s causing your weight problem?

It’s tempting to think your weight gain is due solely to overeating; and it’s true, poor eating habits — eating too much and eating the wrong types of food — usually do play a significant role in your weight. But to change those habits, you need to understand why you eat the way you do. And you also need to understand all the other factors that could be hampering your weight-loss efforts.

Underlying nutritional deficiencies that spur cravings and poor eating habits

Today, many people spend hours in front of computer and TV screens daily, limiting the amount of time they spend being active. Multitasking, “side hustles,” and demanding work hours make it difficult to eat healthy — and all too convenient to make fast food and fatty prepared foods a daily habit. And unfortunately, many people think of physical activity in terms of going to the gym or performing countless crunches. As a result, physical activity becomes something to dread instead of something to look forward to. Your weight-loss efforts can be hampered by a complex combination of factors that can’t be “fixed” with traditional diet programs.

Finding the right weight-loss program for you

At The Vanguard Clinic, our team of weight-loss experts understands the genuine difficulties in losing weight, especially using one of the dozens of commercial and DIY diet plans on the market. During your initial evaluation, our team will perform a comprehensive medical exam that’s designed to identify underlying issues that could be contributing to your weight gain and hampering your weight-loss efforts. In addition to the office exam, we may order blood tests or other tests to identify underlying problems that might be making it harder to lose weight. Plus, we’ll ask about your lifestyle, your eating habits, and preferences, and your personal and family medical histories to gain a complete picture that can guide your weight-loss plan. 

Next, we’ll work with you to develop a healthy eating plan to reduce cravings and help you feel full and energized. We’ll also help you discover new and enjoyable ways to be more active. When needed, we’ll prescribe medication to correct underlying deficiencies or support your weight-loss efforts. And we’ll also provide guidance and support to help you modify your habits and behaviors so you can maintain a healthy weight for years to come. Losing weight doesn't happen overnight, but it can start today. To take the first step on your successful weight-loss journey, book an appointment online today.

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