Consider a sustainable approach to weight loss
Dieting continues to be an obsession for many Americans, and due to the obesity epidemic, managing a healthy weight is becoming more and more critical. Studies show that those who focus on traditional diet methods such as food restriction will gain back their original weight–and sometimes more! This results in yo-yo dieting and an imbalance in weight. Instead of dealing with fluctuating weight your entire life, it may be time to work with the Connecticut Center for Integrative Medicine team to learn more about proper weight management and follow a program tailored to your body’s needs for long-term results.
Why is it so difficult to lose weight?
The idea seems simple: consume fewer calories or burn more than you eat, and the pounds will drop. However, the body works in a different way, storing and using food as fuel. This happens differently in everybody. What works for weight loss in one person won’t work for another, so understanding where the excess weight comes from and how your body functions are the best ways to develop a healthy weight loss program custom-tailored to your needs.
What causes excess weight?
In many (but, importantly, not all) situations, the reason for excess weight gain is caused by a sedentary lifestyle and overeating. While this can result in one carrying more weight than is healthy for them, they are not the only two reasons. Other possible causes of excess weight gain include:
- Environmental factors
- Hormonal imbalances
- Side effects of medications
- Medical conditions
- Mental health conditions and stress or trauma
Is there an effective way to reduce weight–and keep it off?
Yes, but this process is unique to you. The key to managing weight loss long-term is to optimize your mental health, physical health, nutrition, and activity to meet your body’s specific needs. At the Connecticut Center for Integrative Medicine in Stamford, CT, Drs Robert Kachko, Paul Epstein, and Veena Verma-Dzik are here to help! We can assist in developing a simple weight management program optimized for your needs to help you shed excess weight. Call (866) 320-6402 to request an appointment at our practice at 1200 High Ridge Road, Floor 2, in Stamford. The office serves patients in and around the communities of Stamford, Darien, Greenwich, Wilton, Bedford, and Fairfield, including the counties of Westchester and Fairfield.
Dr. Robert Kachko discusses Long Term Sustainable Medical Weight Loss
Why do you gain back the weight you lost?
Hi, this is Dr. Robert Kachko from New York and Stamford Centers for Integrative Medicine, and I’d like to spend some time today discussing long-term sustainable weight loss.
There’s a reason that 95% of people who lose weight from a diet tend to gain it back or gain more weight. That’s because our body responds to severe restriction by changing what’s called our basal metabolic rate.
How can you lose weight and keep the weight off?
In order to really sustainably lose weight, lose it and keep it off, we need to take a personalized approach to your health care because the body that is healthy in an optimal way and is in alignment with all of its personal needs is more likely to be at a healthy long-term weight.
Usually that includes a personalized nutrition plan that one of our clinicians can help you develop.
It includes a personalized exercise plan as well as targeted nutrients, botanicals, and sometimes when necessary prescription medications.
What are the areas to consider to help sustainable medical weight loss?
Our goal with all of these treatments is to address various aspects of your physiology. It can include inflammation and oxidative stress, hormone health, including thyroid health, and your sex hormones like your estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.
It can include addressing digestive health and nutrient deficiencies that might result, and include addressing your fluid metabolism so making sure that your body isn’t holding on to excess water weight, which is often a reason why people cannot lose weight.
Similarly, we have to consider the environment in each of your weight loss plans because very often, our body will hold on to excess weight if it’s exposed to all kinds of environmental toxicants and that it’s doing its best to clear.
With this sort of long-term sustainable medical weight loss plan, most people do quite well and are able to keep their weight off forever.
Make an appointment with us today, and we’ll help you on your journey to sustainable well-being.