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Lose Weight in the New Year With the Guidance of Our Expert Team

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? If you’re like many people, you may have resolved to lose weight. Most people, however, give up on their resolutions within a month, but that doesn’t have to be your fate.

The secret to successfully losing weight isn’t found in fad diets or taking up extreme exercise regimens. You want to follow responsible guidance in losing weight rather than the latest popular craze. The providers at Family Medicine and Acute Care of Sandhills offer this overview of the type of weight loss tips they recommend.

Diet choices

Almost everybody knows the standard advice: You need to take in fewer calories to lose weight, but it’s a bit more complex than just counting calories. The calories in an apple have a different effect on your body than the same number of calories in a cookie, for example.

We can help you come up with some suggested meal choices designed for the way you really eat. Making over your diet can be intimidating, but it’s completely achievable when you make changes you can maintain. 

Appropriate exercise

Exercise is an important way to lose weight. You need to burn more calories in order to lose weight. It isn’t necessary to start a punishing, intense workout program to lose weight, though. Exercise is not a punishment for eating.

The best exercise plan is one that you can do about five times a week. Even walking for 30 minutes, five times a week, is a good start. Or you may prefer to do a different form of exercise that you enjoy more. The important thing is to just start getting active. 

Stress reduction

Stressful lifestyles are the norm for most of us. The pace of life is stressful, especially when you’re trying to balance the demands of your job and caring for your family. But all this stress takes a toll on your health in many ways, including making it difficult to lose weight.

Unfortunately, a lot of the stressful events of our lives aren’t changeable. But what we can change is how we deal with that stress. Try engaging in some intentional stress-reduction activities like journaling, yoga, meditation, or prayer.

Adequate sleep

Another common problem with the modern pace of life is that we try to cut back on sleep. Between work and family obligations, it leaves us with little time to ourselves. To try to relax, you may spend time browsing your phone or streaming movies until it’s much later than you expected.

Shortchanging your sleep is about more than needing to drink more coffee to get through the day. Not getting enough sleep puts you at risk of diseases like heart disease and diabetes. But lack of sleep can also make it harder to lose weight. Commit to going to bed at a healthy time, and it should help your weight loss, too.

When it still isn’t working

What if you’ve tried all these suggestions, but they haven’t resulted in weight loss? Even though people say that weight loss is as simple as diet and exercise, we understand that sometimes it doesn’t work. 

We may order additional tests to look at your overall health to see if we can find underlying causes that may be making it especially difficult to lose weight. Certain health conditions can interfere with weight loss, including hypothyroidism, insulin resistance, depression, and even medication side effects.

In some cases, you may also be a good candidate for weight loss surgery. This type of surgery restricts the amount of food your stomach can hold, which causes significant weight loss. But not everyone is a good candidate for this procedure.

If you need help losing weight, we can help you design a plan to achieve it. Call our Cameron office today at 919-295-6862, or request an appointment online.

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