Losing weight is a battle that seems like it will never end — or at least, a battle we can never quite seem to win. But guess what? If you’re trying to lose weight the same old way, there’s a good chance that it’s your diet plan that’s to blame, not you.
Whether you use a DIY diet plan, join a weight-loss club, or opt for an online weight management app, you could be setting yourself up for failure right from the start. That’s because losing weight depends a lot on individual factors that can make losing weight a lot harder. Without medical support, your weight-loss plans can be sabotaged, leaving you with feelings of failure and depression.
At Triad Primary Care, our team offers another option: individualized medical weight loss plans based on an in-depth profile of your health, your lifestyle, your nutritional deficiencies, and even your preferred eating habits. If you’re struggling to drop that extra weight, here are four ways medical weight loss at our Greensboro, North Carolina, practice can help.
1. Optimizing your nutrition
Most weight-loss plans are focused on eating less — fewer calories means less opportunity to pack on pounds. But if you want to be successful at losing weight, it’s not just about how many calories you take in, but what type of calories you’re consuming, too.
What many people don’t know is that nutritional deficiencies can play a major role in weight gain and in sabotaging many generic diet plans. Your body depends on specific levels of key nutrients to function the way it’s supposed to. If you simply cut out calories, you can be cutting out nutrients, too, leaving your body in a constant state of deficiency that spurs cravings, overeating, and — you guessed it — weight gain.
Our team begins by helping you understand your nutrition needs and where your current eating plan may be falling short. Then, we work with you to develop a nutrient-dense eating plan featuring foods you’ll eat. Once your body has the nutrients it needs to feel satisfied, you’ll start feeling more in control of your health and your eating habits, and more in control of your weight-loss journey.
2. Making exercise enjoyable
Another problem with generic diet plans: They focus almost exclusively on your eating habits and not enough on the other half of the weight-loss equation: physical activity.
For many people who want to lose weight, exercise is a dirty word, conjuring up images of marathon-running or hours spent at a sweaty gym. But to lose weight, you don’t need to do anything excessive. Regular, moderate, aerobic exercise works wonders — even something as simple as incorporating a half-hour walk on your lunch break or after supper can give your metabolism the boost it needs to burn calories more efficiently.
During your initial consultation and throughout your journey, our team explores exercise and activity options that dovetail with your regular daily routine, helping you focus on simple activities that you’ll actually enjoy. Many people find adding exercise actually gives them more energy and boosts their mood, too.
3. Focusing on behaviors
For many of us, eating is an emotional experience — one that’s triggered by stress, boredom, or even fatigue. Spending long hours in front of a computer or TV can also lead to mindless snacking, and before you know it, you’ve consumed an entire meal’s worth of calories — or more — in just one evening of TV bingeing.
Our team can help you identify triggers that lead to unhealthy eating behaviors, while also helping you uncover new, healthy habits that can help you lose weight, improve your health, and even help you feel more energized. We can also help you modify other behaviors, like sitting too much or consuming too much alcohol, that may also be sabotaging your efforts.
4. Supplementing with medication
While a healthy eating plan, increased activity, and behavior changes can dramatically improve your weight-loss efforts, sometimes, you need a little help. In addition to providing recommendations for nutritional supplements, we may suggest medications to help decrease your appetite or to help you feel full faster so you eat less.
Importantly, our team will monitor your weight-loss journey, providing you with the support you need to stay focused and motivated toward achieving your goals.
Win the weight-loss battle
When you lose weight, you don’t just feel more confident — you have more energy, you can sleep better, and you can help prevent other serious medical problems, like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. If you’ve tried dieting with little success, our medical weight-loss plan could be just the solution you need to see results and achieve your goals.
To learn more, call 336-800-8958 or book an appointment online with our team at Triad Primary Care today.