Weight Loss and Your Health

Weight Loss and Your Health

As a physician interested in weight loss, I’ve had the privilege of supporting many patients over the years to lose weight and improve their health. Being overweight or obese is associated with numerous conditions including cancer, mental health problems, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes and infertility. The cost burden to the health service alone is immense and despite a huge “diet” industry we as a nation are getting fatter and fatter.

For some, the answer is simple – eat less, exercise more. This approach, however will not work for the vast majority of dieters.

The solution shown to be the most successful is gastric bypass surgery or sleeve gastrectomy surgery. This is a somewhat drastic and certainly final resort.

Aside from surgery, to date there is no “one solution fits all”. Before embarking on any weight loss programme it is worthwhile discussing with your GP your intentions.

There are a number of conditions that can lead to weight gain and should be excluded (these can be as varied as thyroid disease, insomnia, polycystic ovarian disease, cushings and some medications).

My advice?

  • Keep a daily diary of your food intake exercise and sleep patterns. Self-reflection can be enlightening and writing things down keeps you accountable.
  • Aim to avoid any processed foods, including “diet foods”, soft drinks and alcohol.
  • Going hungry from time to time is ok. Skipping meals is okay. Don’t eat if you are not hungry.
  • MOVE MOVE MOVE by making every effort to increase your incidental activities
  • Work on getting good quality sleep every night.

If you are still struggling to lose weight, this is the time to make an appointment with a health care provider with a special interest in nutrition and weight loss.