Long-Term Weight Loss: How to Keep the Weight Off for Good
If long-term weight loss were easy, words like plateau, and phrases like “gaining it all back” wouldn’t exist in the dieting world.
With all the methods, the pills, the miracle supplements, and the gimmicks out there today about long-term weight loss, isn’t it about time someone revealed some factual information?
As one of the top weight loss physicians in the country and as the founding physician behind BistroMD, board-certified bariatric physician Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D., is separating fact from fiction in regards to what you need to sustain long-term weight loss.
She is also revealing the tools you need to turn temporary weight loss, into successful long-term weight loss, and successful lifetime maintenance.
Why is Long-Term Weight Loss So Hard?
“Many people feel overwhelmed when they go on a diet, mostly because they have been receiving inaccurate information,” says Dr. Cederquist. “When it comes to long-term weight loss, most people don’t understand that there is a difference between this and long-term maintenance. Long-term weight loss refers to losing weight steadily for a period of time, whereas lifetime maintenance is a complete lifestyle change."
Long-term weight loss and maintaining your health can be more difficult if you suffer from a condition called insulin resistance.
Insulin resistance is a condition in which your body produces the hormone insulin, but it doesn't work properly within the cells. If you are diagnosed with insulin resistance, your condition can improve with the right diet, and by monitoring your blood sugar levels.
There are many factors that can also contribute to the difficulty of long-term weight loss, and lifetime maintenance. These factors can be emotional problems with food, a physical inability to exercise, not knowing what to eat, and uncontrollable influences, like genetics. Some of these things we can’t change, but what we can change is our body’s ability to burn excess abdominal fat.
“Insulin resistance plays a key role in our body’s ability to burn excess abdominal fat,” says Dr. Cederquist. “Ninety percent of the people in my medical practice are insulin resistant, which makes weight loss difficult.”
If you are insulin resistant, weight loss can be a struggle because your cells are constantly producing more insulin, but your cells aren’t turning this insulin into needed nutrients for energy to burn fat.
“Insulin resistance prevents the receptors on these cells from opening properly,” says Dr. Cederquist. "This prevents glucose from turning into stored energy, and as a result, our cells become starved.”
Without a proper diet, lifetime maintenance and long-term weight loss can be difficult if you are insulin resistant.
“When you lose weight, insulin sensitivity levels improve because your body is receiving the proper nutrients to turn glucose into stored energy to burn excess abdominal fat,” says Dr. Cederquist.
Dr. Cederquist explains the significance of insulin resistance when it comes to long-term weight loss and lifetime maintenance in the video below:
What is the Best Diet For Long-Term Weight Maintenance?
“If you have the right diet, insulin sensitivity levels can improve, which immobilizes your abdominal fat retention,” says Dr. Cederquist.
The best diet to achieve successful weight loss should be a diet that is appropriately balanced and portioned with an adequate amount of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats.
“With a healthy, well-balanced diet, you can effectively re-train your metabolism to burn excess stored fat, and in exchange, your cells will get back to normal working order,” says Dr. Cederquist. “Once your body readjusts itself metabolically, this will make it easier to sustain long-term weight loss, and promote effective lifetime maintenance.”
For a successful long-term dieting plan, it is best that you eat a diet that is low in fat, but that contains lean, adequate protein.
“After you have successfully maintained weight loss for several months, you can gradually reduce your protein intake,” says Dr. Cederquist. “At this point in time, you can also increase your intake of carbohydrates, unless you have insulin resistance.”
In order to maintain long-term weight loss, it’s ideal that you make regular appointments with a weight loss physician, or dietitian, so they can monitor your weight loss progress if you have been diagnosed with insulin resistance.
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