Why is it so hard for me to lose weight?
This is a simple question with a complex answer. There are a number of factors that make it challenging to lose weight and keep it off. Some of those factors are within your control, while others aren’t.
The American food supply has gone through astounding changes in recent decades. Fast food is cheap and readily available, but offers little in the way of nutrition. Processed foods have become part of the daily diet of many men, women, and children. Also, serving sizes have grown larger, and snacking can be a fast path to weight gain.
Finally, lifestyle factors like stress, lack of adequate sleep, and little time to plan, shop, and prepare healthful meals are also common problems. What’s important to understand is that willpower is only part of the equation that makes it hard to lose weight.
How is medically supervised weight loss different?
Working with the AllCare Family Medicine And Urgent Care of Arlington medical team to lose weight has numerous benefits. The most important is the fact that your health is always the central focus and the point from which all treatment decisions are made.
Many tools can help you lose weight. A customized nutrition plan is a great place to begin, and you may need to incorporate supplements into your daily routine. You’ll also create a plan to boost your activity level to a healthy pace to increase calorie burn without placing your body under undue stress.
Medications may play a role in helping you reach your goal. Weight-loss medications are used as a support tool, however, and lifestyle modification is always the primary focus.
As you progress through your program you’ll receive periodic checkups to ensure your body is responding well. Your achievements are celebrated, and you’ll have the support of the AllCare team as you continue on your journey.
How much weight do I need to lose to see results?
Everyone’s weight-loss journey is unique, but you might be surprised to learn that losing even 5%-10% of your body weight can have significant health benefits. That’s true even if you aren’t yet close to your “goal weight,” or if you’ve been heavy your entire life.
Small changes can build to big results, which is why so many fad diets and extreme weight-loss plans fail time and again. Your team helps you find ways to embrace daily nutrition and activity changes that move you closer to optimal health.
If you’re ready to take control of your weight and achieve measurable improvements in overall health, call AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Arlington online or schedule a consultation online today.