Healthy Weight Loss: Expectations vs Reality
If you’ve been on a mission to lose weight you’ve likely come across some weird hacks (like drinking celery juice every day) often recommended by people with no prior health expertise. False tips like these often lead us to make unrealistic expectations of what weight loss journeys can actually look like. But when that doesn’t happen it can get pretty frustrating. Luckily, we have healthy weight loss to help us get you where you want to be. And it all starts with fixing some VERY common misconceptions about losing weight, such as:
Expectation: I want a plan that can help me lose weight fast!
Reality: If you’ve been guilty of looking up such weight loss programs chances are you’ve fallen victim to – or at least been attracted by – fad diets. Such diets tend to promise fast results by eliminating one or more food groups. They’re similar to the “Yoyo” diets and cause the phenomenon of weight cycling where you fall into a cursed cycle of repeatedly losing and regaining body weight. Further along, these lead to depression from failure to manage weight, slowed metabolism, and give rise to heart problems like high cholesterol and blood pressure.
Expectation: I can only lose weight by eating vegetables
Reality: How often have you thought that you need to completely boycott your favourite foods like pasta and dairy. And how often have you caved into those pent-up cravings? Truth is, healthy balanced meals are the way to go. If you’ve got favourite foods like pasta that are high in carbohydrates and calories, simply cut down on portions or have it once in a while, you don’t need to completely eliminate it from your meals.
Expectation: I need to commit once to losing weight and then I can eat whatever I want
Reality: Weight loss journeys are never perfect and linear. It’s very normal for many of us to expect the scale to drop lower every week. But the truth is, there are too many factors that can impact our ability to lose weight – like hormones, stress, or sleep. The advice is to be patient with yourself. Even if you lose weight the next challenge is to maintain it. It’s not easy but it’s not impossible either.
Expectation: The weight scale is the only way to measure my progress
Reality: Think about it, why do you want to lose weight. The reasons could be you want to look good and feel confident, you want to fit in your favorite clothes, you want to feel energetic and have the energy to do more. The weighing scale is not the only way to measure your progress, neither is it the most accurate one. If you’re feeling lighter, happier, and more energetic, in almost all cases that progress is more important than the digits on a scale.
Now that we’ve busted some false expectations around weight loss, it would be remiss of us to not give you a gentle nudge towards the best way to lose weight.
Medical weight loss clinic in California
Our licensed physician Dr. Uzma Khan is the founder and medical director of Prime Health MD with expertise in obesity medicine. She’s carefully curated a package of medical weight loss programs to suit people with specific weight loss needs.
What’s so special about this weight loss program? Unlike cookie-cutter weight loss plans, healthy weight loss programs are tailored to fit your unique goals, lifestyle and health status. As a trained physician, Dr. Khan offers one-on-one consultation to create your personalized plan complete with healthy, balanced, and nutritious meal plans and realistic exercise regimes (including low impact exercises) that aren’t impossible to follow. She also helps you navigate through the psychological frustrations of being unable to lose weight by advising tips and tricks to modify behavior and fight against pesky cravings. With years of experience in the industry, she can also offer helpful anti-obesity medications to support you on your weight loss journey. If you’d like to know more simply head here.