If you are like many in America right now, there is a good chance that you are finding yourself at a bit of a loss when it comes to healthy eating, dieting, and weight loss in general. If you take a look around you will clearly see that we have a bit of a problem with obesity and much of it has to do with the practices we have employed in this country since the end of the second World War. The following are a few of the changes that are quite evident, and some of them are reasons that a good weight loss program might need to be in your future.
- Food Availability – With the introduction of ready-to-eat foods, TV dinners, and snack foods to the market, we have more access to food than ever before. Prior to the 1950’s, food had to be prepared on a meal by meal basis unless of course you wanted to visit a diner multiple times per day. You have more options now than ever before and you can cook them right in your home – any time you want. This is a huge contributor to the obesity epidemic, and one that you will need to learn to control. Impulse is the new disease, and self control is the cure.
- Processed Foods – This goes hand in hand with food availability, but it is still a bit of a separate problem warranting its own session. You see, the issue here is simply that processed foods are cheaper than healthy foods. If you have ever gone to a fast food restaurant, you can see a difference in the price of healthy foods vs. non-healthy foods. For example, the price of a hamburger may over around $0.99 while a salad will be $4.99. One could go so far as to say that the financial status of individuals is not the responsibility of the restaurant in question, but they definitely contribute to the issue in many ways.
- Portion Sizes – The amount of food that we eat in a single sitting has changed significantly over the last fifty years, which should come as no surprise to anyone. These changes have led to serious problems, obesity naturally being one of them. One of the greatest recommendations we have regarding this, is to simply use a smaller plate so as to trick yourself into believing that you are eating a portion size larger than you actually are. This might be a small gesture, but it can certainly go a long way if you let it.
Getting the Help you Need
Above we have listed some of the most common issues, but how do you address them? More importantly, how do you go about getting the help that you actually need? It might not be easy but it most certainly can be done. The trick is to find a good medical weight loss program that will address your needs while giving you the tools you require to keep yourself at a healthy weight later on.
What is it that a medically guided physician weight loss program can give you that you cannot give yourself at home? There are a few things, actually. First of all, you will find that a medical program is able to address underlying problems that you might be experiencing. For example, many will find that their obesity and rapid weight gain is the result of a medical issue such as hypothyroidism, and that this problem needs to be treated before the weight loss can properly be addressed. Don’t worry, it’s not nearly as complicated as it might sound, sometimes it can be controlled with medication.
The most important thing to remember when you are getting the help you need is that accountability is key. In other words, if you find that you cannot hold yourself responsible for your weight loss, there is no shame in finding someone else to help you out. It could be a friend, or it could be one of the physicians at our weight loss center. The more answerable you are to someone, the more motivated you will feel to move forward with VIP medical weight loss services.
Along with giving you motivation, you will be given a way to track you progress, which in our opinion is literally one of the most important things to consider when you are attempting to increase your weight loss. One of the biggest mistakes that people tend to make when it comes to using a basic weight loss program is that of adhering to the program without tracking any of their progress, at all. This might be a bit confusing, after all, wouldn’t you still be gaining the progress even if you aren’t necessarily recording it? Yes, you might be losing weight, and you might even be losing inches from your waist, but if you can’t see it, you literally have no reason to believe that you actually are, and with that being the case, you might relapse easier, falling back onto your old habits, and that is NOT a road that you want to go down. To put it quite simply, weight loss is an uphill battle and it is far too easy to slide back down the way you came. If you can’t see the progress, then why should you want to continue it? That is the logic many use, and from a certain standpoint it makes sense. That being said, do your best to make sure that you do not become stuck in this rut. Give yourself a fighting chance – use a medical weight loss approach and get back to the weight you can deal with.