America’s belt size is increasing. According to one CDC report from 2015, obesity rates are as high as 40% and rising, with an even larger (no pun intended) percentage classifying as overweight. As a result, weight-related diseases and health problems are on the rise, and healthcare providers are having to emphasize healthy weight and weight loss strategies with their patients more than ever.

Unfortunately, research conducted at Duke University indicates that our go-to strategy, to eat less and exercise more, simply does not work. Most of the individuals involved in the study experienced only modest weight loss at most. Many hardly lost weight at all using this advice! Individuals that were given specific advice and a weight loss program to follow fared much better and lost significantly more weight.

So why is that? Every person is different, and just like our healthcare, our diet and exercise strategies need to be individually tailored to our bodies. Weight loss programs can provide those specific and personalized goals, as well as accountability. Be sure to speak to one of our doctors about which program, diet, supplement, or activity plan might be best for you. Be careful around fad diets and to-good-to-be-true exercise programs. These can be dangerous, whether or not they are followed correctly. Our doctors are familiar with many of the fad diets and will be able to give more specific advice, or recommend an alternative exercise plan that is more appropriate for you. They may also be able to recommend a vitamin supplementation and/or detox method to help boost your weight loss plan. To learn more, consult our team and get on a specific plan to lose the pounds.

Sources:

Duke University. “Generic advice doesn’t help patients drop pounds: Patients shed more weight when doctors give specific tips, study finds.” ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190320153929.htm (accessed May 9, 2019).

Hales, C M. et al. “Prevalence of Obesity Among Adults and Youth: United States, 2015–2016.” NCHS Data Brief Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics. No 288 (October 2017).