Doctors Weight Loss Clinic: Ideal Way to Lose and Maintain Weight Loss
Weight loss clinics provide long term weight loss and maintenance. More than 68% people in the United States are overweight and more than 1/2 are trying to lose weight at any given time. Some form of calorie counting, food restriction, special food preparations are the most common methods to lose weight. There are hundreds of them, with new diet plans appearing weekly. Despite all of the good efforts, plans often do not work out.
Rather than dieting on your own, visiting a weight loss clinic is a safer, more effective way to lose weight and especially to keep it off. Most weight loss clinics are staffed with multiple physicians and skilled nursing personal. This ensures long term access to your personal plan, even if your insurance or the diet physician changes. In my weight loss clinic, I have treated some people on and off for more than 20 years. My staff knows all my patients by first name, their family and their history. After all, some of my staff have been with me for 25 years!
Weight Loss Clinic Offers Individual Long Term Care
When trying to lose weight many overweight individual seek the easiest, most popular plan. Maybe a spouse or friend was successful with a particular plan. That that does not mean that you will be. All of these diets take a “one size fits all” approach to weight loss. They assume that by following a food list or meal plan, you will successfully lose weight.
However, this approach to dieting ignores the individual issue which effect everyone’s ability to lose weight. be Common diets also forget a plan must be a sustainable over the long term. At Dr Lipman’s weight loss clinic, you are treated individually. On your first visit the causes of your weight gain will be determined. Together with Dr Lipman you will chose the best food plan suited to your lifestyle. If needed, prescription weight loss medications will be added. This is the common method used in Weight Loss Clinics.
Doctor’s Weight Loss Clinics Will Screen Your Health Problems
Weight Loss Clinics see hundreds of people with similar problems and are are accustomed to evaluating multiple medical problems like hypertension, diabetes, thyroid deficiencies as they apply to weight gain. Their attention is on you rather than on seriously ill patients in hospitals. In many cases, medical problems(or even prescribed medications) are the cause or a factor for weight gain or difficulty losing weight. Dr Lipman is an internist and endocrinologist and can identify hormonal imbalances or other medical problems.
Maintaining Your Weight Loss: How 11,000 Weight Loss Maintainers Have Lost & Kept Their Weight Off
Weight Loss Clinics often follow dieters over many years. While almost 60% of Americans are trying to lose weight, many quickly gain it back. However, there are many individuals who have lost weight and not regained it even after many years. Researchers have reported numerous health benefits associated with weight loss. Some of these include lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and fat in the blood, as well as improvement in cardiac and lung function. There is even a reduction in cancer among weight loss maintainers. As a result, researchers are always testing the most effective ways to maintain weight loss.
NIH Guidelines for Weight Loss:
For successful weight loss, The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Guide to the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults recommends using behavioral modification to reduce caloric intake and increase physical activity. It may sound easy, but most of us know how hard these modifications are to achieve. Readiness and motivation alone fail to predict weight loss. However, the first steps to success are associated with rapid, immediate initial weight loss and goal attainment.
National Weight Control Registry
Weight loss maintainers secrets are described in the National Weight Control Registry. The registry provides insight into how overweight people are able to lose weight and keep it off for years and years. Successful weight maintenance is associated with rapid initial weight loss and then reaching a “self-determined goal weight.” Successful weight loss maintainers are defined as “individuals who have intentionally lost at least 10% of their body weight and kept it off at least one year.”
Over 11,000 participants have been followed in the registry report since the study began in 1994. The average weight loss is 72 lbs. and they have maintained the minimum weight loss (30 lb) for an average of 5.7 years. Thirteen percent have maintained this minimum weight loss for more than 10 years! The participants have reduced from a BMI of 36.7 kg/m2 at their maximum to 25.1 kg/m2 currently. These averages, however, hide a lot of diversity:
- Weight losses have ranged from 30 to 300 lbs.
- Duration of successful weight loss has ranged from 1 year to 66 years!
- Some people have lost the weight rapidly, while others have lost weight very slowly–over as many as 14 years.
- 80% of persons in the registry are women and 20% are men. The “average” woman is 45 years of age and currently weighs 145 lbs, while the “average” man is 49 years of age and currently weighs 190 lbs.
These individuals are clearly extremely successful.
Dr.’s Weight Loss Clinic Maintainers: Their Secrets Exposed
Weight loss maintainers secrets are based on specific successful strategies to lose and maintain their weight loss:
- Eating breakfast. Nearly 80% of participants report eating breakfast every day, with only 4% reporting never eating breakfast.
- Monitoring energy and fat intake. A common characteristic of participants is that they continue to monitor their calorie and fat intake even after the weight loss period is over. On average, participants consume diets with ~24% of energy from fat and have calorie intakes lower than average. The strategies employed to control food intake include:
- Limiting intake of certain high-fat foods
- Eating less food per meal
- Counting grams of fat or calories
- Eating regular meals
- Adhering to the same diet regimen throughout the week – Diet consistency across the week appears to help people prevent weight gain.
- Exercising daily. Being physically active is an important characteristic of registry participants. 90% report that they exercise, on average, about 1 hour or more per day. Weekly energy expenditures from physical activity average around 2800 kcal: ~2500 kcal/week for women and 3300 kcal/week for men. The most common forms of physical activity reported are cycling, aerobics, walking, and running. Comparison of the levels of physical activity between successful weight loss maintainers and people who had always maintained a normal weight showed that the weight loss maintainers spent significantly more time doing high-intensity forms of physical activity and spent more minutes per week doing physical activity.
- Engaging in less sedentary activity. It has long been recognized that sedentary behaviors, especially TV viewing, may contribute to weight gain. A review of TV viewing habits of registry participants showed that 62% watched < 10 hours of TV per week. 36% reported that they watched < 5 hours/week! This level of TV viewing is much lower than the national average of 28 hours/week.
- Monitoring weight. Nearly 75% of the registry participants weigh themselves at least once a week. Thus, regularly monitoring weight appears to be a behavior that is important for ensuring that weight regain does not occur.