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November 1, 2019
Why a Customized Weight Loss Plan Can Set You Up For Success

Weight loss maintenance is hard to do on your own. With so many "one size fits all" diet and exercise programs to choose from, it can be nearly impossible to find a routine that you can stick to. When surveyed, 50% of Americans said that their reason for not losing weight was a lack of self-discipline. While it can be easy to blame ourselves when one of these programs fails, self-discipline isn’t always the issue. Many plans are wholly unable to account for our individual needs and lifestyles -- and as such, can fail to produce results while being difficult to follow. If you’re striving for a healthier lifestyle, the best starting point is a custom weight loss program and not a cookie-cutter alternative.

Custom Medical-Based Instruction

When trying to start eating right, you have to account for your unique caloric needs, medical needs, and overall lifestyle. Certain fad diets can take a toll on your body because they may not provide you with the nutrition you need. While they may work for a handful of people or produce results at first, they don't account for certain medical conditions or differences in metabolism. We aren't all the same, so our weight loss maintenance shouldn’t be either.

By creating a custom meal plan with help from your doctor or nutritionist, you'll develop an eating routine that takes into account what you want and need to consume to promote your health. Working with a medical professional can also ensure that nothing you eat will cause a negative reaction to any medications or health issues you may have. Overall, this makes custom plans both safer and more effective in the long run.

Customized Exercise

Just as a diet needs to consider our individual needs, so should our exercise regimens. By working with a professional, you can learn the specific exercises that you can realistically do, with a plan that changes as your strength and stamina increase. It’s unrealistic to start out running one mile every day, but a half-mile or even a quarter every other day can be a feasible starting point for many. Another great thing about custom workout plans is that they can account for medical issues and injuries that could prevent you from safely performing certain tasks. This can help you lose weight and build muscle gradually in a safe and healthy way.

The Science

If you’re still not convinced, consider the science behind custom weight loss maintenance. The impact specific foods have on a person’s metabolism can be easily tracked via medical tests that look at blood sugar, genetics, and individual sensitivity. This allows you to know exactly how specific foods affect you. This information can then be used to put together a plan that can help you lose weight in a healthy way. Additionally, medical conditions like blood sugar imbalances can contribute to weight gain; by monitoring your levels and reporting them to your doctor, you can continuously tweak your plan to find the perfect balance without putting yourself in danger of future medical trouble.

Keep in mind that science tell us that there are no short cuts. Some diets may promise lightning-fast results -- but even if these results do come to pass, they won't last long. By far, the best indicator that a diet is working is time. Don't feel discouraged if you don't see results right away. That said, you won't have to wait months before you start noticing changes.While any change in diet can cause you to feel sluggish or moody for the first couple of days, you should be able to feel a change by the end of six weeks. You'll look and feel great once this plan becomes habitual.

If you’re tired of failing to lose weight on a "one size fits all" diet plan, it’s time to consider seeking customized weight loss maintenance. Not only will the plan be tailored with your health and lifestyle in mind, but it will be easier to follow because you get to have input when putting it together! At the end of the day, it’s not a matter of self-discipline; it’s a matter of creating a plan that is as unique as you are.

Written by DR. MARK DEDOMENICO

 
 

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