What Happens When Your Weight-Loss Solution Isn’t Working?
Weight loss programs, exercise plans, healthy diets—which weight loss strategy is the right one? For some, the answer is “all of the above.” For others, the answer feels like none of them. Because there are a variety of causes that lead to becoming overweight and obese, there is no one-size-fits-all weight-loss solution. There is, however, the right type of weight loss suited to each individual.
What are the Best Weight-Loss Solutions?
The best weight-loss solutions are those that involve the “whole person.” While the thought of weight loss pills that instantly peel off the pounds, or packaged weight loss foods that promise to shed extra weight may seem enticing, they often over-promise and can even be dangerous. Even natural weight loss tips involving dietary supplements such as hoodia and acai can carry a risk of injury or illness.
So, when we talk about the whole person, what do we mean? Essentially, evaluating the whole person in terms of weight loss means looking at a variety of factors, including:
- Activity level
- Dietary patterns
- Medication use
- Environmental considerations
It’s important to assess how each of these factors applies to each individual person in order to assess which type of weight-loss method will work best. On the popular show “The Biggest Loser,” fourteen couples were monitored for more than a decade. After losing 50 pounds on the show, on average most participants regained an estimated two-thirds of what they lost. Some ended up weighing even more than what they did first coming on the show.
What this tells us is that while exercise and a healthy diet can help people lose weight, sometimes it does not produce the same results for everyone, nor lasting results.
Could Bariatric Surgery Be Right For You?
At General and Vascular Surgery (GVS), Dr. Luis Benavente manages a comprehensive and successful weight management program that centers on treating the whole person. When weight loss solutions such as exercise and diet have failed, Dr. Benavente helps patients explore if bariatric weight loss is right for them.
If you’ve had trouble finding a weight-loss solution that works for you, we invite you to set up a consultation with Dr. Benavente now. Or, call us any time with questions at 574-236-1888.