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, the dreaded plateau occurs. Then, despite all efforts, those last stubborn, morale-shattering pounds remain.
Women often are discouraged because yet another diet did not yield the desired, optimistic results it promised. Their frustration is understandable – even warranted – because most people are simply unaware of the complexities involved in safe weight loss management. A woman’s chemistry and anatomy differ greatly from a man’s, and even from that of other females.
Fad diets usually fail because they are not individually customized. Myriad 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 unwanted weight is shed. So can lack of support and negativity from family and friends, who may be tired of hearing talk about another unrealistic quick weight loss trend.
These are important considerations that contribute to dietary outcomes: regular weekly follow-ups, one-on-one consultations, and ongoing moral support – even long after the desired goal is reached. Additionally, some patients may require prescriptive intervention through safe and approved supplements, appetite suppressants and even injections, if necessary.
The 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.
By Dr. Kawami Clay, contributing writer. She joined Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists in July 2017, has practiced medicine for 11 years, and is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology.