There is a misconception about obesity.
I often hear my clients or my entourage complaining about their weight. They think that it’s due to the way they eat. Obesity or weight gain can be related to a health issue and not only to the food choice. For example, people think they are just addicted to food like sugar or fat. But they don’t know that it might be caused by a health issue such as candida (bacteria).
The common causes of obesity or weight gain are linked to:
PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome)
Low thyroid function
Excess testosterone in women
The first thing people would decide is to follow a diet, as they think that forcing themselves to have a restriction on food will help them to lose weight. But in the end, they are struggling to follow it (too drastic or too difficult often due to life constraints).
A study showed that two-thirds of people who lose weight will regain it within 1 year, and almost all of them will regain it within 5 years - (Wadden, 1993)
Although dieting (i.e. caloric restriction) to lose weight is a difficult task, the maintenance of lost weight requires the patient to deploy even greater efforts.
Following a diet alone can be harmful. Here is why:
Eating fewer calories in the long term can slow down your metabolism, which can cause a loss in muscle mass, and impact your energy level
It can cause a nutrient deficiency. People reduce their calories and don't get the necessary daily nutrients which can lead to health problems such as fatigue, anaemia, high blood pressure, diabetes and can weaken your bones.
Impact on your sexual hormone which reduces fertility
Therefore if you decide to follow a diet it’s better to be supervised by a GP or a health practitioner. When it comes to long-term weight loss, patience is key. It's best to steer clear of diets that require you to severely restrict your calories. Instead, opt for diets that are focused on quality and encourage you to make sustainable lifestyle changes.
WEIGHT LOSS IS NOT JUST ABOUT THE CALORIES AND EXERCISE
So many diets can be harmful to you (e.g. Ketogenic diet, intermittent fasting diet, vegan etc.). This is why my approach is to help my clients lose weight using hormonal balance, digestive, and metabolic health checks and focusing on understanding the link between the diet and the disease. I take a holistic and functional medicine approach, addressing the root cause of your weight loss issues, instead of simply focusing on the symptoms, as well as addressing your diet, sleep, exercise, and stress levels. This approach not only allows you to lose unwanted weight but more importantly allows you to achieve overall health.
My focus is on the individual, looking at the whole person from the inside out. I work with each client to provide a custom plan, (including weight maintenance) that is safe and effective. Each plan is unique and based on your health information and blood test results.
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