By Dr. Kawami Clay, MD FACOG
Popular diets have two things in common: they tout rapid, dramatic results and they accommodate the masses with an ironic ‘one size fits all concept’. Many participants even experience significant weight loss in a short time–initially. Inevitably, however, that dreaded ‘plateau’ occurs. Then, despite all efforts, those last stubborn, morale-shattering pounds remain.
Women come to us regularly, discouraged because yet another diet did not yield the desired, optimistic results it promised. Their frustration is understandable-even warranted- because most are simply unaware of the complexities involved in safe weight loss management.
Fad diets usually fail because they are not individually customized. A myriad of factors can hinder successful weight loss. Medical history, genetics, hormonal issues, body mass index (BMI), basal metabolic rate (BMR), lifestyle, general health, medications-even state of mind must be considered.
For instance, a sedentary lifestyle, diabetes, depression, or a sluggish thyroid can greatly impact the rate at which one sheds unwanted weight. So can lack of support and negativity from apathetic family and friends who are hearing optimistic, unrealistic blather about yet another quick loss trend for the umpteenth time.
Additionally, some patients may require prescriptive intervention through safe and approved supplements, appetite suppressants and even injections if necessary.
All of these influences and more are important considerations and contribute to dietary outcomes. So do regular weekly follow-ups, one-on-one consultations, and ongoing moral support-even long after the desired goal is reached.
As specialists in female health, we realize that a woman’s chemistry and anatomy differ greatly from a man’s- and even from that of other females. This knowledge guides us to focus solely on each woman and her individual dietary needs. By combining our expertise, patient data, and continuing encouragement, all these elements help us create a customized medical weight loss program tailored for each woman and her unique requirements.
Correct nutrition fuels the body and mind like curative medicine, providing more pronounced energy, lifelong physical health benefits, and cognitive clarity, the same way the proper additives keep a car running at peak performance.
Adhering to a healthy diet and exercise regimen is never easy, but it doesn’t have to be an excruciating experience. With time, perseverance, nutritional insight, and safe medical intervention when necessary, any women can overcome the setbacks that would normally prevent her from reaching her dietary goals. With proper guidance, a harmonious balance between a comfortable self-image and a permanent, healthy lifestyle is achievable.
This article originally appeared in the May 2018 issue of Townelaker Magazine. To view it online, please click here.