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What's the Healthiest, Most Sustainable Way to Lose Weight?

What's the Healthiest, Most Sustainable Way to Lose Weight?

Weight loss products and services are part of a $300 billion industry worldwide. The reason weight loss is so profitable is, for the most part, it doesn’t work. So you keep trying the next diet and the next product.

Diets don’t work because of two main reasons: 1) they’re not sustainable, and 2) they trick your body into thinking it’s starving, so it starts holding onto calories when you eat normally again. That’s why, if you want to lose weight for good, you must switch to healthy food and a healthy lifestyle that you can happily maintain for life.

At Enrich Family Practice, our expert nurse practitioners understand that losing weight and keeping it off are two critical parts of the same puzzle. Without the second, there’s no point in accomplishing the first. That’s why we offer medically sound, lifestyle-based weight loss programs at our Odessa, Texas, clinic.

Would you like to lose weight and keep it off while safeguarding your health? Here’s how we help.

Replace “dieting” with a new diet

Traditional weight-loss diets don’t work because your body can’t undergo calorie deprivation for long periods without going into a stress-filled, starving mode. If your main strategy is cutting calories — whether by focusing on a single fad food, such as pineapple — you get an unhappy surprise when you eat normally again.

All that weight you had gained comes back. And sometimes (in fact, often), you regain more because your body is self-preserving and won’t let you “starve” again.

Instead of yo-yo dieting, we recommend (and help you achieve) a new approach to eating that supports your body and supplies it with all the nutrients you need, even during short periods of calorie restriction. You don’t adopt a gimmicky approach to eating for a month or two. You change what and how you eat.

That may sound daunting, but with guidance and a customized plan, it’s not. We work with you to find healthy foods that make you feel nourished and taste delicious.

Find out what triggers your weight gain

You may be surprised — and relieved — to find that the reason you’re overweight isn’t solely because of how much you eat. It may be that you’re eating foods you’re sensitive to or even allergic to, which can trigger inflammation in your body, which may cause you to retain water and fat.

You may also have an imbalance in your hormones that cause weight gain. Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or those who are going through perimenopause or menopause may benefit from BioTE® hormone replacement therapy (HRT) that normalizes levels of hormones such as estrogen.

Build some muscle

No, you won’t have to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger to gain the benefits of muscle tissue. But muscle tissue burns energy faster and more efficiently than adipose (i.e., fatty) tissue). The more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism.

Of course, it may be hard to build muscle when you’re overweight due to unbalanced hormones. Hormone therapy may help you regain control of your metabolism and put on muscle more quickly.

Once you have more muscle tissue, you burn more fat. We recommend a resistance exercise program that improves your muscle-to-fat ratio.

Get some sleep

Stress and high cortisol levels can keep you up at night and lead to fat gain or retention. When you come to us for help with weight loss, we don’t just look at your waist circumference: We take a holistic approach to your health. That includes looking at your sleep patterns, diet, exercise, and stress levels.

If you struggle with sleep, your hormones may also need adjusting. You could also adopt better sleep hygiene practices, such as going to bed at the same time every night, avoiding late meals and caffeine, and exercising daily.

Kill excess fat cells

Even the healthiest lifestyle can’t compensate for Mother Nature’s fat distribution. You may have pockets of fat around your abdomen, hips, or arms that won’t budge.

In such cases, we recommend “finishing” your figure by trimming off the excess fat for good using SculpSure® body contouring

SculpSure uses heat to destroy excess fat cells and remove inches from your physique. Your new proportions are yours to keep for life.

Gain a new outlook on life and the figure of your dreams when you lose weight sustainably and healthily. Call us today for a weight-loss consultation at 432-200-9052 or use our online form.

 



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