Whether you vowed to follow a low-carb diet or exercise more, the most popular theme of New Years’ Resolutions is weight loss. That’s amazing, but…

Most people who lose weight gain it back. 

The statistics on this are pretty grim. A comprehensive review of 29 long-term weight loss studies found that more than half of all weight lost is gained back within 2 years. By 5 years, more than 80% of lost weight is regained. 

Even though there are a lot of ways to successfully lose weight, the real trick is keeping it off.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of reasons that it’s hard to maintain weight loss:

  • Ultra-processed foods trick you into eating more
  • Mass availability of sugary foods cause insulin resistance
  • Endocrine-disrupting chemicals called “Obesogens” mess with your metabolism
  • Jobs require you be sedentary most of the time

Here’s something I think a lot of people get wrong. The reason that it’s hard to maintain weight loss is NOT a lack of willpower. Much more often it’s because your metabolism is broken and because you aren’t eating whole foods.

Here’s my approach when it comes to weight loss and weight management:

  1. Evaluate. There may be something in your lifestyle that is causing you to retain weight.  It might be your lack of movement, the chemical beauty and cleaning products you use, how much sleep you get, your relationship with technology, your lack of nutrients – all of these can contribute to poor health and weight gain.
  2. Assess. I’m going to look at what’s in your current diet (and what’s not) that might be keeping you stuck. Processed foods,  Glyphosate containing grains, polyunsaturated fats, lack of fruits, vegetables and fiber – all of these things can make you unhealthy.
  3. Recommend. No single diet will solve everyone’s weight loss problems. One person may need to do a liver detox, and another person may need support for thyroid function. I’ll combine all the best tools to address what’s holding you back from a healthy weight. 

Sound complicated? That’s why I’m here. Most people can’t figure out the nuances of weight loss alone. We need to look at the whole person and consider everything that’s affecting your metabolism. Send me any questions you have (amy@functionalfamilynutrition.com) or click over to my website to request an appointment. 

 

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