About three-quarters of Americans are overweight or obese, according to the CDC, and that means millions of people are also at increased risk of developing serious and even life-threatening weight-related health issues. Losing weight can definitely be challenging, but with medical weight loss, it’s easier to drop those extra pounds and prevent them from returning, too.Joint Regeneration is a leading provider of custom medical weight-loss programs for people in Athens and Watkinsville, Georgia. In this post, learn how Joint Regeneration  team can help you lose weight and improve your overall wellness, too.

Why it’s so hard to lose weight

If you’re trying to lose weight or you’ve dieted in the past, you’ve probably heard this phrase countless times: “Eat less and exercise more.” Unfortunately, while that advice sounds simple enough, losing weight is anything but simple. In fact, losing weight and keeping it off involves a host of factors that aren’t always easy to manage.

Some common factors that can influence your diet attempts include:

  • Your metabolic rate
  • Your hormones
  • Your stress level
  • Your history of depression or anxiety
  • Your sleep habits
  • Your nutritional deficiencies
  • Your age
  • Your underlying health

Even your genetics can influence your weight management.

Because weight loss is multifactorial, understanding your underlying risk factors plays an important role in taking steps to correct or compensate for them, so your weight-loss journey can be successful.

It’s not you — it’s your diet

When it comes to dieting, many people turn to commercial options. But just because these diet plans are widely available, that doesn’t mean they’re effective.

These plans are designed around a basic tenet: Eat less to lose weight. But decreasing calorie consumption is just one small part of weight management. They don’t take into account the individual factors that can interfere with weight loss — and make it hard to keep unwanted pounds from returning.

In fact, by reducing calories across the board or drastically limiting specific types of food, you could wind up with nutritional deficiencies that can actually lead to unhealthy eating habits and overeating. Focusing on decreasing calories without addressing any of the other issues can leave you feeling hungry and frustrated, increasing the likelihood that the diet will eventually fail you.

To successfully lose weight and keep it off over time, you need a weight-management plan that’s focused on your unique needs and lifestyle. And that’s where medical weight loss can help.

How medical weight loss works

Medical weight loss starts with a physical exam and an evaluation of the factors that could be causing weight gain and interfering with weight loss. In addition to a review of your medical history and weight-loss goals, we’ll discuss past dieting attempts and order testing to check for nutritional deficiencies and other underlying issues that could be contributing to weight issues.

Once the evaluation is complete, we’ll work with you to design a plan that targets your goals and fits your unique lifestyle. Most plans include a combination of:

  • Customized meal plans focused on healthy foods and optimal nutrition
  • Nutritional guidance to prevent unhealthy eating choices
  • Daily activity goals based on your exercise preferences
  • Regular weigh-ins to keep your plan on track
  • Medications and supplements to enhance your weight-loss journey
  • Ongoing support to keep you motivated

Regular check-ins also help us modify your weight-loss plan over time, so it always stays focused on your needs and goals.

Make your weight-loss goals a reality

If losing weight is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, we can help you achieve and maintain your goals. To learn more, call 706-705-1464 or book an appointment online with Joint Regeneration today.

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