News stories about body image and weight seem to take center stage these days. Many people struggle with body image and being comfortable in their own skin, even Arnold Schwarzenegger! Your weight has nothing to do with the quality of your character, but it can be detrimental to your physical health. It is undeniable that as a whole America is getting heavier. Over 1/3 of the adult population is clinically obese, and obesity rates in young children have skyrocketed in the last 40 years. This comes with real health risks including greater incidence of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
Losing a significant amount of weight can seem like an insurmountable task, but we are here to help and we believe in you! People often overestimate what they can accomplish in the short term, but they drastically underestimate what they can do over a longer period of time. These thoughts of “why aren’t results coming faster?” and “I can never achieve that goal, why even try?” make it hard to stay motivated. We will set up a plan that creates progressive, realistic goals so you can stick with your weight loss effort and see results you may have not thought were even possible. Before we do this, let’s look at some information about why people struggle to lose weight as well as some of the external forces you need to be aware of.
America’s obesity problem did not become this severe for no reason. Starting in the 1970s, the general consensus in the medical community was that eating a low fat diet was the way to lose weight and be healthy. The food industry responded to public demand by offering more low fat or fat free options, but this came at the cost of adding more sugar to food.
Naturally, the population’s consumption of sugar and unhealthy carbohydrates shot up, and has stayed at a high level ever since. Sugar is actually an addictive substance that produces a chemical reward in your brain similar to the one produced by hard drugs. These addictive properties, along with the fact that there are so many sugary products and fast food options available, cause Americans consume far too much sugar (an average of 66 pounds per person per year!) and thus obesity numbers have risen at an alarming rate. Despite the fact that sugar is so unhealthy, the food industry bombards you with it at every turn, even in products you do not think of as sweets. While there is still accountability and hard work involved with weight loss, learning about what needs to change is half the battle. We can help educate you about what types of food will help you lose weight and which foods to avoid (some may surprise you). Then we can create a sustainable nutrition plan together.
The weight loss and dieting industry is massive, but you have to sift through a lot of false promises and misleading information when it comes to their products. There is no “magic pill” or cutting-edge exercise equipment that will get you in shape in less than 30 days as many of these products claim. Here at SCNM, we want to provide you with a realistic approach to weight loss that involves proper nutrition, healthy levels of exercise, and a full body analysis of any other factors such as hormone deficiencies and food sensitivities. As we will get to shortly, diet and exercise are not the only aspects of weight loss. We will help you develop habits that will keep you healthy long term rather than sell you gimmicks that are often expensive, ineffective, and even dangerous.
We have all heard it, “just diet and exercise, diet and exercise are how to lose weight, calories in versus calories out.” These are only partially accurate statements. The truth is that weight can be complicated. Environmental triggers can influence weight, and hormonal abnormalities can lead to a steady rise in pounds. Poor sleep, intense stress, and food sensitivities you weren’t even aware of can also contribute to serious weight gain. We can help you in these areas with advanced lab testing, stress reduction treatments, and natural supplementation.
Then there are calories. Many think that if they consume fewer calories than they burn they will lose weight, simple as that. The truth is that not all calories are created equal. 200 calories of potato chips does not equal 200 calories of broccoli. In the same vein, not all exercise is created equal, and we want to help you find a fitness plan that you enjoy and will get you to your goals efficiently. If you want some real details about what you need to do to lose weight, we are here to help. We will look at your overall health and lifestyle, because we know it isn’t as simple as just “diet and exercise."
We have discussed a lot of background information here and hope you were able to gain some new knowledge about weight loss. Now, it is time to begin your weight loss journey. For more detailed information about nutrition, medical treatments, and fitness, take a look at our weight loss counseling page. Even better, come in and see a physician to discuss the numerous options that exist to help you achieve better overall health and watch your weight normalize in the process.