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Why Do We Regain Weight?

The journey doesn’t really end once you’ve hit your weight loss goal. Once you achieve your desired weight, another goal is automatically set: Keeping the weight off. Some may find this more difficult than losing the weight to begin with, and according to some research there could be some medical reasons behind that.

The Endocrine Society recently released a new statement recommending more research to understand what causes difficulty with long-term weight loss. The statement suggest that it could be more of a biological issue as opposed to a dieter’s unwillingness to continue to do what earned them the weight loss to begin with.

Authors of the statement believe that once the dieter has lost the weight, the combination of decreased energy expended while hunger increased is the perfect recipe for weight regain. “Our therapeutic focus has traditionally been on achieving weight reduction. Most patients can do this; what they have the most trouble with is keeping the weight off,” says Michael W. Schwartz, MD, of the University of Washington in Seattle, and the chair of the task force that authored the statement.

Obesity is an awfully expensive issue in America. According to the Centers for Disease Control Prevention, it costs an estimated $147 million a year to treat obesity. That amount includes treatment for those that lost the weight and regained it. So the question is, what can be done to keep the weight off?

Your best chance at maintaining the weight loss is to going into it with a plan. The beginning part of the process will likely be the most difficult, just like it was when the journey originally started, but with the right focus and the right people behind you it can’t be done.

Although the statement issued by The Endocrine Society emphasized learning the factors for regained weight, that isn’t the only thing they felt deserved further research. Other issues that they felt merit more research were: brain imaging to better understand appetite and feeding behavior, effect of socioeconomic status on obesity risk, the role that diet composition plays in the development of obesity, and more.

Source: The Endocrine Society

Blog written by Marcus Miller/Robard Corporation


Why Weight Loss is Not as Simple as Cutting Calories

When it comes to calorie counting, not many people — if any at all — like doing it. It’s monotonous, tedious and restrictive, and it takes all the joy out of eating. You counted all your calories, so you should be losing weight, right? Well, not necessarily. If you stop to think about what a calorie is, you will find that it’s not just how many calories you consume that affects healthy weight loss, but what kinds of calories.

Simply put, a calorie is a unit of energy. Our bodies actually need calories to survive because without energy, our cells would die, and our organs would stop functioning. We acquire this energy through food and drink in the form of calories. The number of calories food contains tells us how much potential energy they possess.

Keeping track of how many calories one consumes is, of course, important to weight loss. If you burn off more calories than you consume through physical activity, the body will locate other calories to burn for energy, ultimately using the calories from the body’s fat reserves, and thus stimulating weight loss.

The problem comes in when “empty calories” are consumed; that is, foods high in energy but low in nutritional value. Such foods include fast foods, and foods high in fat and/or sugar, such as ice cream and bacon. More than 11 percent of Americans’ daily calories come from fast foods, and Americans consume an average of 336 calories per day from sugary beverages alone. To put it more simply, 2,000 calories in the form of vegetables and lean protein will provide a very different result than 2,000 calories in the form of a large fast food burger.

Ultimately, to achieve fast and, most importantly, healthy weight loss, it is important to advise patients to stick to a low calorie diet, but through foods and supplements that are high in nutritional value. Many people continue to find it challenging to stick to a low calorie diet on their own. This is why it is important for health professionals to be proactive in asking overweight patients about their weight loss goals*, and educating them not just about the benefits of achieving a healthy weight, but also about the options that are available to them, such as a Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) or Low Calorie Diet (LCD). With a medically supervised VLCD, patients could expect to lose three-five pounds a week, enjoying a variety of meal replacements, snacks, and food products that taste great and are scientifically designed to have high nutritional value.

Obesity is on the rise, and healthcare costs and early mortality rates are rising with it. But adding weight loss as a service for your patients is easier than you might think, and can actually get started in 60 days or less with the help of an experienced partner. Contact Robard today and learn how you can increase the quality of care for your patients by starting an obesity treatment program.

*For practical tips on how to speak with patients about their weight, check out this free webcast!

Source: Medical News Today

Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation