There are a lot of myths about weight loss, and some realities too. If you want to break through the myths, here are four facts you need to keep in mind:
- More than one in every three American adults are overweight.
- Diet and exercise alone are rarely capable of delivering lasting weight loss success.
- Most people who lose weight through diet alone will gain back most of their weight.
- Often, people gain back more weight than they lose.
These truths might be sobering, but understanding them is important if you want to succeed in your weight loss journey. After all, it’s important to set realistic and achievable goals for yourself.
That’s also why medical weight loss programs can help. Medical weight loss programs are designed to help people overcome the most common weight loss pitfalls through the use of nutritional counseling, long-term behavioral changes, and ongoing guidance and medical support.
Here are three weight loss mistakes you want to avoid.
The biggest problem that people run into while working with a medical weight loss program is mental pitfalls. These are common errors in how we think about weight loss can result in major setbacks. Here are three big ones to watch out for.
“I can lose it later.” — There is no time like the present. If you aren’t willing to make the changes you need to be healthier now, what makes you think you’ll want to do it later? What’s worse, the unhealthy choices you make now could actually make it harder for you to become healthier later. Don’t put off something as essential as a healthier lifestyle.
“Once I lose weight, it will stay off.” — Losing weight is tough work, so it’s not surprising that once you reach your goal you want to take a break. But maintaining that weight loss is important. If you go back to your old habits then you are going to eventually make it back to your old weight.
“This pill / tea / product will boost my metabolism so I can eat what I want.” — You’ve heard the old saying about things that seem too good to be true? They usually are. There is no magic bullet for weight loss, no tea to make your metabolism move so fast you’ll lose all the weight you want while eating burgers and milkshakes every day.
A solid, evidence-based medical weight loss program is designed give you everything you need to be successful with your weight loss program — from what you should be eating to how often you should be moving. If you’ve been struggling with weight loss and want to break through your mental barriers, reach out and get started today.