Every week I get people in my office talking about wanting to lose weight. They talk about their diets and their exercise plans, but in the end they always seem to end up back where they started or maybe even worse, minus a few exceptions.
This got me thinking about the human body, our culture, and why it’s so hard to lose weight these days.
It’s no secret that as we get older our bodies change and we tend to add a few pounds every year. The simple fact is our metabolism is not what it was when we were in our 20′s and we can’t eat the same foods or amount of food and expect to stay the same weight.
Permanent weight loss requires a complete lifestyle change in order to achieve the long-term weight loss that many of my patients desire.
The easy answer is eat less and exercise more. While that may work for most, there is one little thing that can cause you to go crazy when it comes to losing weight: Genetics.
Yep, you can’t change your genes. Studies have shown that adopted children had the same body shape as their biological parents as adults. Either you have good genes or you don’t. Look at your mother and father. Are they tall, round, skinny, uneven, short, long limbed, long torso, short torso, short legs? Chances are you will be in the same mold as they are.
But have no fear. If your dad is 350 lbs it doesn’t mean that you will be too. You are in control of what you eat, when you eat, and how you eat. What I’m saying is that it may take a little extra effort on your part if you come from a line people that retain weight easily.
Another huge factor in our society of weight gain and weight retention is not just genes and the way we eat, but it’s the way we move. Technology has enabled us to stay on our bottoms longer and longer. We no longer have to get up to answer the phone. It’s in our pocket. We don’t have to get out to eat at a restaurant. We sit in our cars and pick up our food. We don’t have to get up to turn on the t.v., we don’t have physically open the garage door, we just push a button. You get the picture. Technology is great, but it’s taken away a lot of physical activity we would have otherwise engaged in.
So how do we stay fit and at a healthy weight with all these factors against us? Be intentional about your lifestyle. Record how much you eat every day. Record how much you weigh each day or week. Record how much exercise you get. It’s amazing how much looking at what you do on paper can trigger your brain to change the way it thinks. This is a great way to get your mind, body, and soul engaged in daily lifestyle choices that will help you to lose weight and keep it off. The weight will not just go away because you want it to. You have to do something about it.
If you need help with weight management ideas, diets plans, or a routine physical checkup. Call our office at 615-942-9271 or book an appointment with us online here.
Here’s to your health!
Dr. K Bennett