Dr. Sladic Discusses Weight Loss

Seven Keys to Successful Weight Loss…

Continue Reading to finally get the truth.

Do you often feel that you are, truly, a professional dieter? You have tried them all: the all grapefruit diet, Slim Fast, Cabbage Soup diet, South Beach diet, or maybe even the diet pills (even with all the horrible side-effects). Maybe you have even done Weight Watchers, the Adkins diet, Jenny Craig, or MediFast with some results, but those results did not last. You stopped eating or drinking what was part of the ‘program’ and within a few weeks you put back on the weight you had lost and possibly even more!

Many different sources indicate that at any given time over 50% of Americans are on a diet. It is estimated that in 2006 the dieting industry earned over $55 BILLION (that is a “B”). That included diet centers and programs, group and individual weight-loss, diet camps, pre-packaged foods, over the counter and prescription diet drugs, weight-loss books and magazines, and physicians, nurses, nutritionists, other health professionals specializing in weight-loss, commercial and residential exercise clubs with weight-loss programs, sugar-free, fat-free, and reduced calorie (“lite”) food products, imitation fats and sugar substitutes.

Have you ever thought that being overweight or unable to lose the weight you want to lose is just who you are, that you are destined to be overweight. Or the thought that it is just your SLOW metabolism. Maybe, it is in your ‘genes’. Well, there may be some truth to those thoughts, but it does not have to continue to keep you from reaching the goals you have to reach a healthy weight. It is possible that you may be suffering from: An undiagnosed Thyroid Disorder, Food Intolerances or Sensitivities, Undiagnosed Diabetes, or many other conditions.

If you’ve been suffering with fatigue and not being able to lose weight regardless of what you do and you’re frustrated with ineffective treatment, then this will be the most important message you’ve read in a very long time.

Seven Keys to Successful Weight Loss

Strong enough Reason: Why?

If it’s not important to you it will never happen. For example, you want to lose weight because you think you are fat and your jeans are getting a bit tight. Or, your Doctor tells you are borderline diabetic, blood pressure is through the roof, you can barely walk upstairs, you have neuropathy in your feet and you are a prime candidate for a heart attack.

Which one will be more motivated to make changes?
The best way to get motivated regardless of your age, sex, health condition or athletic ability is to take a picture of yourself. Put your bathing suit on and snap a picture from the side, front, and back. Take a look at it… How does it make you feel?

Ready to start Now? Keep this picture close by and look at it everyday. It will drive you to succeed more than anything.

You need a good Plan

There are so many starvation diets that will cause your body to destroy muscle tissue vs. burning fat. The idea of losing weight is to get healthy. Lowering body fat and keeping muscle and developing a leaner physique. Starvation diets destroy muscle tissue and keep fat as a protective mechanism. So you become skinny and fat!

Muscle tissue is the engine of your body and burns energy. The less muscle you have the less energy your body burns. That’s why people gain every pound back when they finish a diet or come back from vacation.

You eat a bowl of oatmeal and put on weight! The reason is your body now doesn’t need as much energy as it is used to and it stores all the extra energy for fat. Not to mention even a little extra to protect from the next starvation event. Sound familiar?

Best way to avoid this is to use a scale that measures bodyfat %, muscle mass, body water, bone mass and visceral fat.

There are many good plans you need to find one that you can follow. Not everyone responds well to a low carb low sugar diet especially someone on medication. High fat high protein diets can also be a problem for some.

Silver Bullet

Lose 20 pounds in 1 week eating anything you want! Do nothing else.
Don’t be fooled by the headlines like the one above. You are going to have to dig yourself out this with some effort. There are no shortcuts and miracles. There are some nutritional compounds that aid in fat metabolism but alone will not deliver results. Silver bullet diets are usually starvation diets that deliver temporary results and you end up in a situation I just described… Skinny and Fat. Don’t fall for this it is not realistic and you can’t fool your body for long.

Accountability

Imagine if you were being measured every week and had to report to someone. It would help keep you on track in addition to looking at your picture everyday. It’s also a good idea to have a friend or co-worker join you in this journey. Also a friendly wager between your group is also effective. However, this can be problematic is you only measure bodyweight. As I described above starvation and muscle loss are to be avoided. You would have to have a better measuring stick like bodyfat % loss. Bottom line, people can help people succeed so take advantage of it if you can.

Lack Reward

If your goal is to lose 100 lbs setup a reward at different intervals like every 15 lbs… For example, reward yourself with a meal, a shopping trip, vacation or anything that will get you fired up to succeed. Another strategy that works is to reward yourself with a larger meal once a week.

Health Problem

Absolutely there are times that patients have a problem that keeps them from losing weight regardless of the plan and effort. I would say at the top of that list would be issues with thyroid function starting with Hashimoto’s. This is always overlooked and missed. Next is inflammation from the digestion of food sensitivities. For example, If you have a gluten or dairy sensitivity this will cause an inflammatory response in your body that will affect fat loss. As does the consumption of toxic foods.

Next up would be the connection between Blood Sugar, Cortisol and hormones like estrogen, progesterone, cortisol and testosterone. By correcting these underlying issue weight loss becomes permanent.

Fat-Burning Hormones:
Growth Hormone (GH)
Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF)
Glucagon
Adrenaline
Thyroid Hormones (T3 and T4)
Testosterone

Fat-Storing Hormones:
Insulin (this is a big one!)
Estrogen
Cortisol

Hormones evaluated via:
Blood & Saliva Testing

Lastly, how should you exercise?

By now you should understand that muscle burns energy. So the more muscle you have the more energy and fat you can burn. That’s why an exercise strategy should be to increase muscle mass. Consider the following “4 pounds of muscle at rest burns the equivalent amount of calories as jogging 2 miles a day.” So you will burn more energy just by having more muscle.

Make exercise enjoyable. So if you enjoy riding a bike or jogging don’t stop. Just add some body weight exercises into your routine. Three sets of pushups, followed by Squats and crunches 2-3 times per week. Or ten pushups followed by 10 squats followed by 10 crunches repeat the cycle for 3-10 minutes depending on your athletic ability.

For some of you it might help to find a class, trainer or club that offers classes. This will force you to push yourself. Just find something that you like. Have your spouse join You!

So are you ready to embark on your journey to a healthier you? Start with that picture I mentioned. If you need one on one help contact my office for a consultation. I will take care of the Keys for your success.

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