Weight loss resolutions: Focus on wellness, not pounds

If you’ve ever been on a diet and gained back the weight you lost, then you’re not alone. In fact, a recent review of 14 studies of calorie-restricting diets found that up to 66 per cent of dieters regained all the weight they lost.

Obesity is a medically recognized condition that almost always comes back. That’s because our bodies have a natural tendency to maintain a set bodyweight. Weight loss triggers a biological response that increases the desire to eat, decreases our feeling of being full after we eat, and reduces our metabolism.

All of this is our body’s way of defending that change in weight, especially in people who’ve lived with excessive weight for a long time. In these cases, the body will preserve the highest bodyweight that was achieved. This is why after a period of weight loss we so often see the weight come back.

Regardless of diet, exercise, medication or surgical intervention, weight regain always lurks in the background. Obesity is a chronic disease that is difficult to treat and requires a long-term treatment plan that extends beyond simple will power.

“Dieting and exercise alone are not always enough to help us maintain a healthy weight,” explains Sandra Elia, food addiction counsellor. “Sometimes you need a bit of help maintaining a comfortable size. Feel empowered to seek the help you need from your healthcare providers. Your doctor can advise you of the best options.”

When used in combination with lifestyle modification such as reduced calorie diets and exercise, weight management medications are another option to help people lose weight and keep it off.

In Canada, there are a number of prescription medications available for the treatment of obesity. If you have concerns about excessive weight, speak to your family doctor and find more information at controlyourappetite.ca.



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