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Make This the Year You Shed That Excess Weight Once and For All

It’s a new year, and for many people, that means it’s time to make those all-important New Year’s resolutions. Historically, dropping those extra pounds has been at or near the top of those lists, along with getting more exercise and making dietary changes. 

If losing weight is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, the team at Triad Primary Care in Greensboro, North Carolina, can help you achieve and maintain your goals with custom medical weight loss solutions focused on your unique needs. 

Let’s first look at how weight gain happens. gaining too many pounds occurs. 

What causes you to gain weight

If you’re overweight, you’ve probably heard it before: “To lose weight, just eat less.” That’s a common conception, but while overeating can definitely contribute to weight gain, it’s not the only cause. 

In fact, many other factors can contribute to weight gain, which is why losing weight — and keeping it off — is so challenging. To achieve and maintain your goals, you need to address all those factors.

Some of the most common contributors to weight gain include:

Even your genetic makeup can make it more difficult to shed extra pounds and keep them off. 

Since so many issues contribute to weight gain, it makes sense that in order to achieve your weight loss goals, you need to understand your own risk factors for weight gain and figure out how to correct them.

The problem with commercial diet plans

Commercial diets get a lot of attention through TV and online ads, but just because they’re widely available doesn’t mean they’re effective. These plans are designed based on the often-incorrect assumption that weight loss depends almost solely on restricting calories. As a result, commercial diet plans don’t work well for many people — and when you do lose weight, there’s a really good chance you’ll gain it back.

Many plans focus on eliminating specific food groups or severely limiting your portions, each of which can leave you with feelings of hunger as well as dangerous nutritional imbalances. That’s why these plans can leave you feeling hungry or deprived, sometimes resulting in undeniable cravings and binge eating that leads to weight gain, along with feelings of guilt, shame, and failure.

To successfully lose weight and keep it off, you need an individualized plan that’s truly tailored to your medical needs, your lifestyle, and other factors. Relentlessly counting calories, skipping meals, or restricting entire food groups is unhealthy and unsustainable, which is why these commercial plans can be doomed right from the start.

Why medical weight loss works

Medical weight loss begins with a physical exam and a review of your medical history and your weight loss goals to design a weight management plan just for you. Our team may order blood tests or urinalysis to look for nutritional deficiencies or evaluate underlying medical issues. We’ll also discuss your past attempts at dieting and why they failed.

Depending on your own needs, your weight-management program might include:

Plus, our team offers ongoing support and guidance to keep you motivated and on track. Regular check-ins allow our team to modify and adjust your plan over time as your goals and needs change.

We can help you keep your New Year’s resolution this year

Losing weight can help you feel more confident, but it’s also important for your health and wellness. In fact, being overweight is associated with a number of serious health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, depression, diabetes, and some types of cancer. 

To learn more about how we can help you lose weight and keep it off, call 336-286-5505 or book an appointment online with Triad Primary Care today.

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