It’s not a secret that weight gain is a source of frustration and concern for many, especially when weight gain leads to obesity. Obesity is now a worldwide problem. It’s common, serious, and costly - and it affected about 93.3 million U.S. adults in 2015 and 2016. That’s a prevalence rate of 39.8%.
While weight issues are now well-recognized health issues, addressing them is difficult. But why? Mainstream knowledge tells us that weight is a simple equation of calories taken in and calories spent. In reality, however, obesity is not that simple. It’s incredibly complex and personal - and the solutions need to be, too.
When thinking about weight loss, the majority of people immediately think about how to change their diet or exercise routines. However, this approach to losing weight is severely limited - and one study highlights this better than any other. A 2015 study revealed that people today are 10 percent heavier than they were in the 1980s - even with the same diets and exercise regimens.
So why is this? Because there is an incredible interplay of the genetic, developmental, hormonal, environmental, and behavioral factors that contribute to obesity. Researchers are still studying these factors to try to better understand them. But so far, we do know that:
Each of these factors is a contributing piece to the weight gain puzzle. This is not to say that diet and lifestyle changes aren’t part of the solution to address weight gain. But it does mean that it’s unreasonable to expect the average person to drop excess weight through calorie-based measures alone.
Of course, it’s also ridiculous to suggest that because of factors out of our control - such as our environment and genetics - we cannot lose weight. No single factor in weight gain and obesity is a definitive roadblock. It’s merely another fact in the broad picture of your health. Understanding this broad picture behind weight gain is the first step to addressing it, and starting to lose weight.
If you are struggling to tackle weight gain in your own life, please consider contacting us to help you address the many factors affecting you. Right Weight Center is a physician-directed medical weight loss program that offers affordable help. We work every day to address the 'big picture' factors behind your weight with metabolic boosters, fat burning boosters, lipotropics, and other custom services focused on your weight goals.
With our board-certified staff, custom plans and FDA approved tools, our team can help you stay focused and achieve your weight loss goals. Ready to get started? Just call us at 301-345-7885, or walk in during our office hours!
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