Dr. Joseph M. Perlman Advanced Plastic Surgery Centre

Weight Loss

The number of people who are overweight in the U.S. continues to increase despite the overwhelming amount of diets available.

You may already know that weight loss programs are not a one-size-fits-all solution. Effective, long-term weight loss can’t be achieved with fad diets, quick weight loss promising scams, or supplements that claim to burn fat practically overnight.

Truthfully, there is no magic wand when it comes to weight loss, and addressing it with a cookie-cutter approach only ends in frustration and often leads to greater weight gain.

Why Weight Loss Diets Don’t Work?

Most do-it-yourself diets consist of one or a combination of the following methods:

  • eating less
  • changing what you eat
  • counting calories

Simply eating less results in the cycle of being hungry all the time and then cheating on your diet.

Trying to eat healthily often requires a tremendous shift in the way you buy food and prepare it. It’s great but most people just don’t know how.

Another old-school approach, counting calories, is an old-fashioned method that takes a significant amount of time out of each day, often resulting in cheating or simply losing motivation and not following through with the diet.

Other diet twists of reducing sugar and avoiding carbohydrates also fall short of success.

In one way or another, all methods are difficult to follow. Furthermore, they can lead to imbalances in glucose levels, mood changes, and overeating.

Many fad and detox diets also set up imbalances in the body that hinder long-term weight loss and leave the body lacking in essential nutrients or simply don’t take into consideration your personal overall health.

Food is the Cure

The truth is you need a personalized diet that works with your personal metabolism for your body to work properly to begin to shed weight.

One-size-fits-all diets don’t take into account medical conditions you may suffer from that contribute to weight gain or prescription medications that can also result in weight gain.

Fad diets can also upset the delicate balance of the body and lower your body’s ability to fight viruses and infections and actually cause you to gain more weight.

Medical Weight Loss Approach

Personalized, custom approaches to weight loss are the only way to accomplish sustainable, healthy weight loss.

Studies have shown that a medical weight loss program, results in better overall health including:

  • Greater weight loss
  • Reduction in overall body fat
  • Increased overall health
  • Lasting weight loss results

Medical weight loss programs consider your individual activity level, motivation, current fitness, your personal health, and every aspect of your life so you’ll be successful. It’s a program that focuses on natural methods and doesn’t rely on dangerous diet pills, or invasive surgical methods, and won’t leave you feeling hungry, deprived, or frustrated.

Personalized weight loss is a holistic approach that includes a customized meal plan and behavior modification techniques to help you keep the weight off. One-on-one consultations help you meet your goals and discuss any concerns, difficulties or special challenges. Weight tracking and monitoring your progress help ensure your success.

Psychological Impact of Diets

One of the most important components of a medical weight loss program is that it meets the psychological needs of the individual attempting to lose weight.

Results, in the form of weight loss, fat reduction, or increased energy levels are key milestones that must be recognized when achieved, to motivate you to continue a weight loss program long enough to reach the desired goal or develop the habit of eating healthy.

If the psychological triggers that lead you to over-eating in the first place are not identified, you will cave into:

  • not feeling in control of your eating
  • feeling the urge to eat more frequently
  • stress eating
  • cheating on your diet
  • over-eating
  • eating when bored or not hungry

Since replacing meals you like with tasteless alternatives is surely a recipe for failure, learning to prepare or cook appetizing meals is also an important factor in successful weight loss.

A medical weight loss program can also address personal issues involving over-eating as a response to the need for emotional support.

Medical weight loss programs can teach you to replace your reliance on food for gratification with healthy self-care and good habits.

Individualized Program Based on Your Metabolism

Each person metabolizes food eaten at a different rate, which is yet another reason why most traditional diet plans don’t work. A medical weight loss program is tailored to work with your metabolic and individual needs.

A medical weight loss program is based on scientific evidence. Your metabolism dictates the calories you burn during physical activities and genetics play a large role in that process.

Muscle mass is closely associated with metabolism and the more muscle you have, the higher your metabolic rate will be.

Your metabolism begins to slow in your 30’s. It’s one of the reasons that you begin to gain weight at this time in your life and find it more difficult to keep it off. The same foods can have very different effects on people.

Everyone processes food differently affecting glucose levels. Insulin is a hormone the body manufactures for regulating how your body utilizes the food you consume. There are three primary factors in the way your body governs your metabolism:

  • Gut bacteria
  • What you eat
  • Physical activity levels

Foods that cause spikes in glucose levels and create inflammatory responses within the body play an enormous role in the way your body breaks down food for use and is directly related to weight loss.

Medical Weight Loss Strategy

Weight loss takes place in different phases and to jump-start your medical weight loss program you’ll typically have a comprehensive plan that’s low in calories and high in nutrients.

To make the program easy to follow in the beginning, you may choose from a variety of pre-made meals to help in your weight loss effort while you become accustomed to the types of foods you need to eat for optimal results.

The next phase of weight loss is the transitional period in which modifications can be made that still allow you to lose weight while eating more of the foods you enjoy.

In the third or maintenance phase, you reach your goals and you’ve learned how to maintain:

  • your desired weight
  • which foods to eat specifically to your metabolism
  • the activity level needed to stimulate your metabolism, build lean muscle, and remain at a healthy weight

Finally, Lose Weight Your Way

Losing weight should make you feel good. Medical weight loss is effective and proven to work. It enables you to lose weight while enjoying tasty and satisfying dishes.

Medical weight loss is based on the science of the specific functions of your own body, without the frustration of an ineffective one-size-fits-all approach.

A medical weight loss program provides you with the science-based foods, behavioral tools, and information you need to lose weight, keep it off, improve your health, and in many cases, get off some of the medications you might be on.

For more information on how Advanced Plastic Surgery Centre can help you on your journey to a healthy new you, visit our medical weight loss page.

Frequently Asked Question

Why is a one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss often ineffective?

A one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss is often ineffective because it fails to account for individual differences in genetics, metabolism, lifestyle, and personal preferences. Everyone has unique biological and psychological factors that influence how their body responds to diet and exercise. This approach doesn’t consider individual medical conditions, hormonal imbalances, or specific nutritional needs, which can significantly impact weight loss outcomes.

How can I personalize my weight loss approach?
  1. Assess Your Individual Needs: Start by understanding your body composition, metabolism, and any underlying health conditions. Consulting with a healthcare provider can help you get a comprehensive assessment.
  2. Set Realistic Goals: Define achievable and sustainable weight loss goals based on your starting point and overall health.
  3. Tailor Your Diet: Choose a diet that suits your lifestyle, preferences, and nutritional needs. Consider working with a nutritionist to create a meal plan that includes a variety of foods you enjoy.
  4. Customize Your Exercise Routine: Select physical activities that you find enjoyable and can commit to regularly. This might include a mix of cardio, strength training, and flexibility exercises.
  5. Monitor and Adjust: Keep track of your progress and make adjustments as needed. This might involve changing your diet, exercise routine, or addressing any new health issues that arise.
What are some benefits of personalizing your weight loss plan?
  1. Increased Motivation and Adherence: A personalized plan is more likely to include activities and foods you enjoy, making it easier to stick with the program.
  2. Better Health Outcomes: Tailoring your plan to your specific health needs can improve overall well-being and reduce the risk of developing weight-related health issues.
  3. Sustainable Results: Personalized plans are often more sustainable in the long term because they fit seamlessly into your lifestyle.
  4. Enhanced Self-Awareness: Personalizing your approach helps you understand your body’s responses to different foods and exercises, empowering you to make informed decisions about your health.
Are there any resources available to help me personalize my weight loss journey?
  1. Healthcare Providers: Consult with doctors, nutritionists, and dietitians to get professional advice tailored to your health needs.
  2. Fitness Trainers: Work with a personal trainer to develop a customized exercise program.
  3. Online Tools and Apps: Use apps that offer personalized meal plans, workout routines, and tracking tools. Examples include MyFitnessPal, Noom, and Fitbit.
  4. Support Groups: Join weight loss support groups, either in-person or online, to share experiences and get encouragement from others on similar journeys.
  5. Educational Resources: Books, articles, and courses on nutrition and fitness can provide valuable insights and strategies for personalizing your weight loss plan.
What if I need to adjust my personalized plan along the way?

It’s normal to need adjustments as you progress. Here’s how to handle it:

  1. Monitor Progress Regularly: Keep track of your weight, measurements, and how you feel physically and mentally.
  2. Be Flexible: Be willing to modify your plan based on your progress and any changes in your health or lifestyle.
  3. Seek Professional Guidance: If you hit a plateau or encounter challenges, consult with healthcare providers or fitness experts for advice.
  4. Stay Positive and Patient: Understand that weight loss is a journey with ups and downs. Stay committed and be patient with yourself.
  5. Adjust Goals if Needed: Sometimes, your initial goals may need to be adjusted based on your progress and evolving circumstances. This is a natural part of the process.