Leaping Hurdles during Medical Weight LossPosted: December 13, 2012 in Lifestyle by Craig Primack MD FACP
Anyone who has tried to lose weight on their own through conventional dieting and exercise tactics can attest to the fact that losing weight is tough. Even when you think you are doing well, all sorts of obstacles are thrown in your way, and before you know it you can end up exactly where you started—if not with a few extra pounds to show for your efforts.
In Scottsdale and Chandler, medical weight loss programs make it possible to overcome obstacles that may have completely stopped your progress in the past. But that isn’t to say that you won’t encounter any hurdles along your way. Medical weight loss programs provide you with the added support, guidance and tools necessary to reach your weight loss goals even in the face of obstacles. As you lose weight, you need to be emotionally prepared and ready to handle difficult situations and setbacks that come your way.
Here are a few of the most common weight loss obstacles, and how medical weight loss can help you through them:
You’re exercising—but not enough.
When you first start your medical weight loss program even a little bit of exercise may feel like a lot. You might even experience quick results, but this likely won’t last. As you get in better shape you will need to spice up your workout and push yourself farther.
There are a few ways to do this:
- Find a fun hobby that will make you more active.
- Get a pedometer and set increasing step goals.
- Add more bursts of exercise into your day, like a morning walk or a quick lunchtime stroll.
- Find a personal trainer and learn some new moves.
- Get a friend to join a workout class with you.
Skipping meals to cut calories.
One of the first things you will learn in your medical weight loss program is that the best way to lose weight is to put the focus on your health. This means eating a well-balanced diet—not skipping meals to save room for other items later. When you deprive yourself during the day you are only making yourself hungrier later, and this often leads to overeating and snacking.
Talk with your medical weight loss doctor about dieting strategies that can help you lose weight without forcing yourself to be hungry all day long.
Learning proper portion sizes is one of the first parts of your nutritional education during any medical weight loss program. Portion sizes are notoriously large just about anywhere you go. Seeing oversized portions at restaurants leads many people to serve up big plate sizes at home, too. Even if you are eating healthy foods, eating too much can inhibit your weight loss efforts.
Try adopting smaller portion sizes and eating each portion completely before heading to the kitchen for another so your body has time to digest. When snacking, read nutrition labels carefully to get a proper idea of what a portion should be.
What other obstacles have you encountered during medical weight loss? Share your thoughts and experiences in a comment below!