The ancient Babylonians are thought to have first started the resolution tradition; they made promises to earn the favor of the gods and start the year off on the right foot. For an estimated 4,000 years, people have been pledging to change their ways; it might be a promise to get fit, quit a bad habit, learn a new skill, eat right or lose weight.
While breaking a New Year’s resolution is a fate that befalls many, it doesn’t have to be that way this year. If you have tried to achieve significant weight loss and been unsuccessful, do not give up, your health is too important. Remember that weight loss is more than a diet; it is a process, a life changing process that encompasses more than simply cutting calories or a one-time silver bullet plan.
Sustainable weight loss is extremely difficult to achieve and it can be especially challenging if one is going at it alone or test driving one of the latest fads or weight loss options. What typically happens with hit and miss attempts is that they fail to address the individual’s physical, nutritional and psychological aspects and subsequently fall short.
Successful weight loss requires a prescription of exercise, dietary adjustments, behavioral treatments that motivate therapeutic lifestyle changes, professional education and, in some cases, surgery. With a medically supervised, multidisciplinary approach that adheres to established evidence based guidelines issued by the National Institutes of Health, significant and sustainable weight loss can be part of your 2017 accomplishments. Find a team that has all the professional and educational tools and is invested, first and foremost, in your success.
If you or a loved one is struggling with significant weight and its associated medical problems, we are here to help.