There are three general approaches to obesity management, and your likelihood of success is tightly tied to the one you choose.
I’m going to call the first (and most common) approach to obesity management “wishful thinking”.
It’s the one many doctors indulge in when they tell you that “weight loss is simple… just eat less and exercise more.”
Wishing for weight loss isn’t enough. If that were the case, huge numbers of the American population wouldn’t be overweight or obese. There wouldn’t be 75 million of those actively trying to lose weight, and trying an average of four different diets annually. It’s clear that if you knew exactly what to do and were able to do it, you’d get results on your own – but most do not.
The wishful thinking approach to obesity management takes a terrible toll in both health and guilt. People are told they “should” be able to lose weight, but they try and fail.
This leads them to move from one weight loss gimmick to another, buying fad diets, pills and exercise gadgets that do little but enrich businesses eager to grab a slice of a sixty billion dollar industry. That’s the amount Americans spend trying to lose weight, every year, as of 2016.
Surgical Weight Loss
Surgical weight loss is a “last chance” approach to weight loss that is being used more and more commonly by those who have almost given up hope, after failing at the “wishful thinking” method.
To some degree, bariatric surgery abdicates responsibility, and that’s part of the appeal. “If it doesn’t work, it’s my surgeon’s fault, not mine.” It’s easy to gloss over the risks and side effects, and just think you’ll be “fixed”.
It doesn’t require behavior change, or at least that’s what patients are led to believe by some unscrupulous or simply busy practitioners. In reality, what you can eat changes dramatically after a surgical intervention for weight loss. In addition, there are longer-term consequences that involve challenges in getting properly balanced nutrition that may require pills or vitamin injections.
Medical Weight Loss Is The Optimal Approach To Obesity Management
“If you always do what you’ve always done, you always get what you’ve always gotten.”
– Jessie Potter, featured speaker at the seventh annual Woman to Woman conference in 1981
Physician-supported medical weight loss isn’t common, and many people don’t know it’s even an option. That’s because it’s not an instant fix, although it can give some remarkably swift initial results. It’s not a choice that abdicates responsibility, as you will be educated and supported in lifestyle changes that work. You’ll make a weekly commitment to visit the office and be counseled and supported in your weight loss journey, so there’s a real time commitment on your part, and on ours.
In the end, though, medical weight loss works. 80% of the patients that commit to completing our program hit their goal weight. 80% of those keep the weight off long-term. Those are very good results in the weight loss industry, and our prior patients tend to be huge advocates, because our program is life-changing.
It’s not just a matter of the weight loss, it’s the associated disease risk that our patients dodge when they go from obese to a healthy weight. Many are able to drop previous medications, and most begin to enjoy activities they thought were gone from their lives forever.
When you chose medical weight loss as your approach to obesity management, you increase your chances for success hugely. Go read our testimonials and then book a complimentary appointment to speak to me, if you’re in Hawaii.