Maybe you carry excess pounds, and while you would do just about anything to shed them, your efforts seem to fall flat time and again. If this sounds like you, know that you are far from alone. Many people who attempt to diet away weight gain regain all they lose within a few years — if they lose any to begin with.
Numerous factors can make unwanted weight gain and losing pounds difficult. A bit of understanding around these challenges, paired with appropriate support, may help get you on a better path.
Our team of qualified experts at Arundel Medical Group, Inc. in Glen Burnie, Maryland, provides a range of effective treatments to help you lose excess pounds and keep them off. Read on to learn about common challenges that interfere with weight loss.
When you attempt to eat less food to lose weight, your body may produce hormones that stimulate your appetite. And when you drop your caloric intake severely, that can put your body into “starvation mode,” where it holds on to or stores fat.
In addition, many people struggling with weight issues have developed resistance to the hormone leptin, which lets your body know when you’ve eaten enough. A hormonal imbalance due to a condition such as thyroid disease can also make weight loss difficult by disrupting your metabolism.
It can be difficult to change eating and exercise habits, especially if you’ve maintained similar habits throughout your life. Kids whose parents encourage restrictive dieting, for example, are more likely to struggle with weight control and obesity.
Similarly, if you’ve consumed a Western-style diet rich in fatty meats and fast food for years, your tastebuds and behaviors will need to adjust significantly to facilitate healthy, weight control-friendlier habits. And to complicate matters, poor lifestyle behaviors can pave the way for hormonal issues that fuel weight gain.
Losing weight on your own can feel frustrating and lonely. Not only does it require creating a lifestyle that supports weight control, but you won’t have anyone to cheer you on or guide you when things get tough. And the emotional challenges associated with healthy weight loss are often the most impactful.
That’s where we come in. At Arundel Medical Group, Inc., we create custom weight loss plans to address your specific needs.
After a physical exam and review of your medical history, our team may run blood tests to determine whether a medical condition is contributing to your weight problems. From there, your plan may include a dietary plan, exercise recommendations, and, if you’re a good candidate, the weight loss medication, phentermine.
To learn more about weight loss or get the support you need, call our office or request an appointment on our website.