Weight loss

Is There One Recipe for Losing Weight?

Obesity holds an epidemic status in the United States. More than one-third of adults in this country are obese. Conditions linked to obesity such as type 2 diabetes, many forms of cancer, heart disease and stroke are some of the  leading causes of preventable death.  

In fact, statistics tell us that 44% of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are obese.

Why is this so? Why do so many people struggle with losing weight and keeping it off? The answer is not as easy as it may seem.

Bookstore shelves are bending with how to lose weight books and the obesity epidemic continues to skyrocket upward. In light of this, you might ask, is there a one sure standard tool to use in order to drop the pounds and keep them off? Some say, losing weight is simply a matter of following a strict recipe for success that includes ingredients such as, eating less and moving more.

Current weight loss strategies not working

How is this formula working so far? For some, it may work very well and the weight might fall off, but for others, it may just add fuel to an already existing and very complicated problem. This tells us that there is not one sure program for success, that the application of a recipe for one person may be just what is needed while for another it only worsens the issue.

While there are definite health benefits for everyone who eats a clean diet and embraces a healthy lifestyle, we have to remember that we are all complex human beings with often complex life stories to match. We are unique and it is our uniqueness that nullifies that one stop recipe for success theory.

In addition to eating well and embracing a healthy lifestyle, many people need much more. Most need a personalized approach that takes into account  individual life stories and personal struggles.

This is why so many people fail to stick to diets,fail to drop weight and keep it off.

If we want to truly help, we must first see the person through the pounds. We must develop highly personal and caring programs for each individual that are tailored to their success. It is important not look at people as a statistic or a number on the scale. Learn how to care and  learn how to listen. Most of all, stop judging and start helping.

-Be Well


I Am a New Diabetic: Should I Lose Weight?

Studies have shown that becoming overweight or obese is a major risk factor in developing type 2 diabetes. In fact, about 30 percent of overweight people have been diagnosed as being diabetic, and 85 percent of diabetics are overweight.

Weight loss should be an important goal for those with type 2 diabetes who are obese or overweight. Losing just five to 10 percent of body weight can help improve insulin levels, lower fasting glucose concentrations and lessen the need for some diabetes medications.

You don’t have to diet yourself skinny, simply participating in regular exercise and being cautious about what you eat can help lower blood sugar and reduce the risk of developing serious complications – even if you don’t shed a lot of pounds. It is important to be particularly careful when eating out. If you know how to make good choices away from home, you will save yourself a great deal of anxiety.

If you lose weight, you’ll:

  • Lower your blood glucose levels, which could allow you to delay, or decrease the amount of medication you take.
  • Cut insulin resistance
  • Lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of kidney failure, heart attack and other serious complications.

According to David Marrero, PhD, president of health care and education for the American Diabetes Association, even “very modest” amounts of weight loss have a “huge reduction in risk” Losing just 7% of your body weight, cuts your risk of developing diabetes by 60%.

-Be Well