17. January 2018
Eating Habits , Exercise , For Dieters , For Providers , Habits , Healthy Eating , Healthy Lifestyle , Obesity , Setting Goals , Treating Obesity , Weight Loss Programs
Losing weight is easy — said no one ever! Patients sometimes approach weight loss with unrealistic expectations. Some think that if they just exercise and eat better, the weight will melt off and they’ll drop 20 pounds in a couple weeks. However, the reality is that people can work really hard, be super committed to their diet and exercise plan, and yet still not see the kind of progress they hope for as quickly as they want to see it. On top of the fact that in this time of the year, patients may also be dealing with winter weight gain that has thrown off their previous progress. So is it time to throw in the towel?
No way. Health care providers can play the role of reminding your patients that the journey of weight loss is a process, filled with ups and downs. A lot of factors may contribute to weight not coming off quickly; but providers and patients can work together to figure it out. In the meantime, it’s important to have some tools that you can provide patients to keep them in the game mentally so that they maintain the motivation to keep going, despite slow or even backwards progress.
Take a look at our slideshow of five tips (below) that will help dieters stay motivated to keep trying, even if they aren’t losing weight. If weight loss is not your specialty, take a look at our clinically designed Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD), where dieters can lose 3-5 pounds a week on average. Our programs are easy to implement using your existing staff, and we provide all the training and support necessary to get you started. Contact us for more information here.
And for those already offering weight loss services at your practice, don’t forget that Robard has a wealth of resources to help keep your patients motivated. If you haven’t already, download our 10 Weight Loss Affirmations to Motivate and Retain Patients for free now!
Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation
Editor’s Note: This blog was originally published in February 2017 and
has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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Here’s a scenario: You’re a month into the New Year and there’s a
problem with your New Year’s resolution: You aren’t where you want to be
with your weight loss. You set a goal, but at this point you’ve either
stopped making progress or haven’t started at all. Anxiety might be
Don’t fret! Here are some things that you can do to regain control:
You’re still eating the same calories: Sometimes
we can be under the misconception that, just because we exercised, we
can consume our regular amount of calories (or even more) and still
reach our desired effect. The problem is that diet is just as important
to weight loss as exercising; if you are consuming a high amount of
calories, the calorie deficit benefits from exercise won’t be enough to
see any significant changes in weight. Cut the calories.
Not enough volume:
When adding muscle, the most important thing is to continuously add
more reputations, weight, or both. The point is, as you build muscle,
you must build resistance to continue to benefit. If you aren’t
increasing your volume you’re leaving yourself susceptible to
plateauing. Gradually add more weights and reps to your routine, but
make sure you don’t overdo it. Slow and steady wins the race.
Where’s the cardio?
Compared to other exercises, cardio is essential to weight loss because
it allows you to burn more calories at an accelerated rate. Although
JUST cardio won’t do the job, it should definitely be integrated into
your regimen if you have your eyes set on losing weight. Take a walk,
swim, or bike ride. Just get moving.
Get some help:
If you don’t feel you are heading in the right direction, it may be a
good time to call in the reserves. Whether it’s your personal physician,
certified physical trainer, dietitian, or friend, there’s someone that
can help you with the knowledge and support to get you back on track.
You just have to look for it. Never be afraid to reach out.
falling off track or feeling like your goals are stalled is never a
reason to give up completely. The sun rises each day to meet the
challenges of a new morning. You can too.
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