Dr. Lombardo gives us his thoughts on weight loss and why many different methods out in the marketplace fail.
So you finally resolved to focus on your health in 2017 and lose those extra pounds that have been hanging around and slowing you down. What’s next? If you’re like most people I speak with, you have probably considered group programs, food delivery options, internet fad diets, or even the plethora of “cleanse” programs out there. Which one is best? Will it work? Will the weight come off and stay off, or will it just rebound right back? In my experience, there really is no “one size fits all” approach to weight loss. The reasons are plenty: we all have different genetics, different diets, medications, sleep habits, lifestyles, stressors, etc. So, what do you do?
Here’s my question: What are your goals? Are you trying to lose weight, or lose fat? Are you planning a vacation and want to feel comfortable on the beach or fit into a dress for a wedding? Was there a health scare that made you reconsider your fitness and diet regimen? A real attainable resolution will require many checkpoints along the way to keep you motivated and encouraged to continue making healthy decisions with the end goal in mind. The broad resolve of “weight loss’ is just too vague for most people to stay on track.
If you are truly interested in weight loss, then my first suggestion is to schedule a consultation to learn about your current health status and body composition. From this meeting, you can see a true baseline of where you are beginning and create realistic goals for your future outcome. Based on the information at the assessment, we can choose a plan together that will give you the results you desire. Sometimes slow, consistent fat loss will be exactly what you need; others of you are looking for rapid weight loss for a specific event and will need a well designed and strategic medically supervised therapeutic program to be sure you are losing fat (not muscle or lean body mass). After all, it’s not about the number on the scale; what we truly desire is to look and feel more vibrant and energetic. With that goal in mind, it’s not about the weight…it’s about the fat.
Stay tuned for next month’s edition on our internal team’s success stories! You have seen them transition over the last 6 months, now you will hear their perspective on their transformation.
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