35.7% Of Americans Are Obese
Do you find yourself tying to lose weight, but it seems like no matter what you do your weight stays the same, or even worse, you gain weight!? Does it feel like you add-on a few extra pounds by simply walking past an ice cream store or local fast food joint? Well if so, you’re not alone.
The CDC reports that an astonishing 35.7% of Americans are obese; millions of whom are trying to shed those extra pounds.
Being overweight increases your risk of:
- Type II diabetes
- Coronary heart disease
- Sleep apnea
- Fatty liver
- Gallbladder disease
So what’s the best way to lose weight?
Advertisements for weight loss are ubiquitous; whether on TV, in a magazine, or on the internet, you are probably all too familiar with the diets and exercise regimes touting themselves as the next “cure” to weight loss. However, losing weight and keeping those pounds from coming back is not easy.
The problem is that the body works hard to protect itself from extreme fluctuations, even if it is for the better. This adaptation was necessary thousands of years ago when our ancestors dealt with times of feast and famine. However, it’s function is somewhat antiquated in today’s society. Therefore, loosing weight requires healthy lifestyle changes that don’t cause the body to protect itself.
Just the other day I overheard a physician describing her struggle with weight loss. She talked about the extra pounds piling on despite her seemingly active lifestyle. To curtail this unfortunate set of circumstances she decided to increase her exercise and cut back on calories. However, to her dismay she continued to gain weight and feel even more tired than before. It wasn’t long after that she discovered her cortisol levels were out of control.
Her body, in an attempt to maintain homeostasis and cope with added stress (work, exercise and diet), increased cortisol output. What she discovered was that in order to lose weight, she did not need to eat less or workout harder. To the contrary, she needed to eat right (even if this meant more), decrease stress and supplement with bioidentical hormones. Her personal story is a great example of how the body will protect itself from extreme changes. Now this is just one example of an individuals struggle. Everyone is different and therefore there may be several other factors playing into their specific situation.
Loose The Weight & Keep It Off
So before you make your next new years resolution and think that cutting out carbs for a month will solve the problem, think again. Long term success is defined by lifestyle change, and the only magic pill is hard work and dedication. Lifestyle changes include proper nutrition, exercise and well-balanced hormones. To find out more specifics about weight loss click on the links in this blog and contact Vitali-T Medical Clinics to find out how we can help you achieve your goals.