Most of us have struggled with our weight at some point during our lives. It’s a frustrating process and the information available is often confusing. In fact, a quick Google search just led me down the path of the “10 Most Popular Diets Now”, the “Top Diets of 2019”, the “Trendiest Diets of 2018”, and of course the “Most Popular Diets Millennials Want to Try”. Ketogenic, Whole30, Vegan. Vegetarian, Weight Watchers, Paleo, Atkins, and the list goes on. How many diets have you tried? One? Ten? Lost count? Have you ever stopped to wonder why so many diets fail? Well, according to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, diet failure can be caused by many factors including:
· Unrealistic expectations
· Failure to identify contributing factors in weight gain
· Incorrect dietary plan
· Poor digestion
· Poor carbohydrate metabolism
· Food sensitivities
· Vitamin or mineral deficiency
· Toxic metals stored in fat tissue
· Intestinal imbalance, hormonal imbalances, and mental/emotional issues.
The truth of the matter is, what works for one person simply doesn’t always work for another. Why? Because every individual is unique and has their own biological individuality.
An effective weight loss program is a weight loss program that has been designed specifically for your individual, lifestyle, metabolism, and weight loss goals. Our practice for example, evaluates your current health concerns, past health history, social history, family history, current medication, and performs a complete physical examination. We also order blood work to assess body systems that may be out of balance making it difficult to achieve your healthy lifestyle goals. This comprehensive evaluation helps paint a picture of what your body really needs to help it achieve optimal health. Sounds a bit more scientific than only drinking grapefruit juice doesn’t it?
Just remember, happiness and good health do not come from the number on the scale or the size of our pants. Happiness and good health come from choosing a healthy lifestyle and feeling good in our skin.