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Successful Weight Loss

Published January 8, 2014 10:23 AM by Mina Grasso
Over half of the US population is overweight. Most of us are considering again our old resolution for the New Year - losing weight. Fad diets that require severe calorie restriction have historically failed us long-term. Many of us lose weight with these diets temporarily, but then the weight comes on again, and is usually much more difficult to take off. The body goes into survival mode with severe calorie and fat restriction. When this happens, the body holds onto fat and burns muscle tissue, reducing the body's ability to burn fuel in the future.

The vicious cycle of calorie restriction has allowed many to give up. Patients need more structured guidance on what types of food to consume, how much to eat for their size and how often. We need to think of food as medicine or poison to our system. What we put in our mouths triggers certain responses.

The most successful programs recommend the following:
  1. Small, frequent meals (typically five throughout the day)
  2. Adding healthy fats such as nuts and avocados
  3. Complex carbohydrates
  4. Unlimited leafy greens
  5. Avoiding simple carbohydrates - sugars and high glycemic foods
  6. Moderate amount of protein and fat
  7. Engage in moderate exercise that is enjoyable

Addressing hormone imbalances in conjunction to diet and exercise is critical to improving the body's metabolism. Hormones that play a role in weight control include:

  1. Thyroid
  2. Insulin
  3. Adrenaline
  4. Cortisol

As a healthcare provider you may not have time to address this in detail with your patients but you can have resources available. You can still play a part in the success for a healthier year.

1 comments

Mina

Thank you for such great posting. I have been following your posting and find them very stimulating. As part of my dissertation project, my extensive review of literature confirms your analysis of the weight issue as not only here in America, but global.  There are multifactorial etiology, including genetics, environmental, personal and familial. The cost of this epidermic has tremendous cost to the patients, immediate families, employers and the society. We as healthcare provider should make it a priority to address this with our patient. Recently, the AMA and CMS have stepped up and acknowledged the chronic nature of obesity and it's related health burden. Exercise,dietary and some psychotherapy are indicated. If all fails, for some specific people surgery might help.  Thank you

Martha, Dermatology/Cosmetics - DNP, NP -C(GNP/FNP) January 10, 2014 8:30 PM
Torrance CA

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