Fad diets, weight-loss programs and other questionable methods promise quick and easy weight loss. However, the foundation of successful weight loss remains simple: a healthy diet combined with increased physical activity. For successful, long-term weight loss, you must make permanent changes in your lifestyle and health habits.
It will take time, effort and a long-term commitment. Make sure you’re ready to make permanent changes to eating and activity habits, even if those habits start small and build to lifestyle goals and stay committed to them.
Adopting a new eating style that promotes weight loss is important to your success, but it’s not just about cutting calories. A plant-based, whole-food diet is healthy and satisfying, so you won’t be craving processed or sugary snacks. Strive for variety to help you achieve your goals without sacrificing taste or nutrition.
Start with these tips:
• Eat real food: focus on vegetables and low glycemic fruits.
• Drink plenty of water
• Use modest amounts of healthy fats, such as olive or nut oils
• Cut back on sugar as much as possible
• Avoid processed foods, and limit intake of dairy, gluten, soy, and corn.
• Choose grass fed, free-range meat and poultry
Exercise is key to healthy weight loss, but it offers numerous other health benefits, including boosting your mood and reducing your blood pressure. One of the best ways to lose body fat is through steady aerobic exercise for at least 30 minutes most days of the week. If you can’t fit in formal exercise every day, think about ways you can increase your physical activity throughout the day—even taking the stairs instead of the elevator or parking at the far end of the lot can have dramatic benefits over time.
Long-term successful weight loss requires lifestyle choices that become a way of life. After assessing your personal challenges to weight loss, we can help you work out a strategy to gradually change habits and attitudes that have sabotaged your past efforts. We’ll help you move beyond simply recognizing your challenges—we’ll help you plan for how you’ll deal with them and succeed at losing weight once and for all.
Functional medicine examines how and why we have chronic problems, like weight gain. Our weight loss program is designed to get the weight off but learn how to manage for long term success. We can look to using other assessment tools if needed, including focused labs, targeted nutritional supplements and lifestyle changes to create successful treatment plans.
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