Yes. Weight loss is a journey. It has been a journey getting to where you are, and it will be a journey getting back to that smaller size you’ve been thinking about. So, how do you start this new path on your journey?
Great question. That’s the question that I am asked every day by those wanting to start loosing weight. The first step is the desire to start. In the words of Napoleon Hill, “Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.”
First, Know Where You Are Coming From.
Get a journal and weight yourself. Write it down and then check your weight every 2-3 days. Don’t weigh yourself every day. This can be discouraging and many people fluctuate 2-5 lbs every day based on meals and water intake.
Keep a journal of your diet, plan and record your meals. If you are being followed by a weight loss specialist, they will want to see this. Record every thing you eat. And, record your water intake. I am amazed at how many of my patient’s are dehydrated and just putting water back into their systems help them loose weight.
Third, What’s the Underlying Cause?You can’t loose weight unless you understand why you are gaining weight. Two thirds of my patients are insulin resistant to some degree. This is usually the cause of their individual weight gain. This is why some patient’s gain more weight than others eating and exercising the same way. Your doctor will need to identify this through blood work. If your waist circumference is larger than 40 inches as a male or 35 inches as a female, you’re probably insulin resistant. As a rule of thumb, if you walk toward the wall and the first thing that touches the wall is your belly, you’re insulin resistant. If you have skin tags or thickened browning skin at areas of skin folds, you are probably insulin resistant.
Insulin resistance requires a dramatically different dietary approach than the low fat diet or calorie restricted diet. If you are insulin resistant a low fat diet will not be very effective and you may even gain weight on a low fat diet. If you have any of these symptoms, you need to follow up with your doctor or weight management specialist.
Loosing weight is possible. As a journey, it will probably have a number of components that will be necessary to make it effective for you. Either way, enjoy the journey!!