If I had to guess, I’d estimate that more than 75% of people who walk into my office list “weight loss” as one of their concerns. It’s not surprising given that surveys indicate that anywhere from 30-60% of people report being on a diet, or trying to lose weight at any given time.
We’ve all heard the statistics about diabestes, heart disease and cancer. We know that maintaining a healthy weight is important. Right? Then why is it so hard to lose weight? What else do we need to do (or not do) to accomplish our weight loss goals?There’s a never ending supply of weight loss products and programs on the market. Almost all of them focus on caloric intake and restriction. Most encourage exercise and movement, but not many of them focus on the behaviours that drive our food choices. And all of them hinge successe and failure on the number on the scale. But, people are more than just numbers, right? This is where I do things differently.
Calories DO matter. There’s no diet in the world that will allow you to eat an unrestricted amount of food and still lose weight. And, where those calories come from matter as well. But, I’m more interested in WHY you find yourself at the drive-thru three times a week than WHAT you actually order! Let’s talk about life, schedules and meal planning. Let’s talk about your level of daily stress, and how you cope with that stress. Let’s talk about sleep (or lack of) and how that can drive your food choices. Let’s talk about your home routine and schedule. Let’s talk about hormones! Let’s talk about YOU and not just the calories you’re eating.
I’m a big supporter of the Health At Every Size philosophy (see here for more info), which encourages all of us to think beyond the scale. Yes, weight matters, but it’s not the ONLY piece of information we need to measure health. Instead, let’s celebrate the effort you’ve made to walk during your lunch hour, or take the stairs. Better yet, let’s talk about everyday choices that can lead to a happy, healthier you. And let’s be patient, and not focus on the quick fixes. Let’s take our time finding long-lasting changes you can maintain.
Let’s talk about health and get excited about what you CAN do, instead of focusing on what you can’t. I can’t promise you’ll lose a pound a week, but I can promise to inspire you to lead your best life, every day.