• Diet Confusion

    by Dr. Susan Sklar
    on May 11th, 2017

Many of us are dealing with the constant battle of maintaining a healthy weight. Either we need to lose weight, or we lose a few pounds but they seem to come back very easily. And as we all know, having extra weight on our bodies is not good for our health. Managing weight and your diet is one of the most important parts of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, it is also one of the hardest parts. So why it is so hard for us as individuals to lose weight and maintain it for life? There is too much diet confusion! Here are a few reasons why your last diet might not have worked.

Bio Individuality: One of the beautiful things about this world is how different we all are as individuals and our diets should be treated the exact same way! Have you ever tried the exact same diet as one of your friends and lost nothing? It is not because you don’t have enough will power or because you did not do it right, it’s because our biochemical make-ups are different. Biochemical individuality shows that every person has a different nutritional and chemical make-up therefore each individual will have different nutrition needs. You might not be getting to your goals because you are following the advice meant for someone else.

Under eating and Over exercising: The most common diet trend we hear is to cut calories and hit the gym. But this could be setting your body up for some negative consequences. If we are not eating the right kind of nutrients and putting your body through excess exertion, then you could be setting your body up for a hard road of constant hunger. Once your hunger cues increase, it is very challenging to just say no to food. This leads to the common binge cycle of eating which could cause weight gain.

Give it enough time: We live in a fast pace world where we expect results quickly. But our bodies do not operate the same way. Most fad diets will give you short term results but those results rarely last. For long term weight loss, give your body time to lose the weight and focus on changing your lifestyle before worrying about the numbers on the scale.

Our next health event is all about exploring and discovering what really works when it comes to weight loss and we would love to see you there!

Author Dr. Susan Sklar

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