Most of us know all too well, that weight loss is never easy!
Have you ever tried a “diet” that your friend or an expert recommended as the “ultimate way to lose weight”, but when you tried it, it didn’t work?
Have you every went on a crash diet and lost weight, only to put it right back on as soon as you come off the diet?
Unfortunately, these scenarios are incredibly common. Diet companies make a lot of money, in the knowledge that most people keep coming back for more.
To lose weight long term you need to address the underlying cause of obesity.
Why lose weight?
Obesity is associated with many chronic diseases.
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Heart attack
- Sleep apnea
- Gall bladder disease
- Mental illness
The first step in the weight management program is identifying underlying disease and treating them if necessary.
What is the cause of obesity?
Obesity is not your fault. It is NOT because you eat too much, it is NOT because you don’t do enough exercise.
Obesity is a chronic disease like high blood pressure and diabetes, and people who have it should not be stigmatised.
Obesity is a multi-factorial problem with influences from nutrition, psychology, activity, biology and the environment.
Have a look at this chart below, this is a map of all the different systems that influence someone’s weight. As you can see it is complex.
Nutrition is one small component of this system.
Now you can understand why one “diet” will never work for everyone, and why “dieting” will not fix the problem.
Weight management is different from “dieting”.
- Low carb
- Very low calorie diet
- Exercise program
- Personal trainers
- Behavioural modification
- Surgery and devices
What happens at the first consult?
- Detailed weight history including previous weight loss attempts
- Medical history to identify co-morbid conditions
- ECG and blood tests