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Wednesday, 22 January 2014 13:22

Don't Fall Off the Diet Wagon

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This is the time of year when many people make New Year's resolutions. According to studies, only 8% of dieters will follow through and accomplish their weight loss goal. With 2/3 of Americans overweight, and more than 1/3 obese, dieters are desperate to find ways to shed unwanted (and unhealthy) pounds. And it is true, obesity can lead to heart problems, stroke and cancer. So naturally, in the month of January we see many new "scientific studies," fad diets, new miracle foods and exaggerated/false claims targeting dieters. What is the truth about dieting and obesity?

According to the U.S. government's National Institutes of Health, obesity is caused by a "lack of energy balance": "Energy balance means that your energy IN equals your energy OUT.... Overweight and obesity happen over time when you take in more calories than you use." Other factors such as physical inactivity, heredity, and lack of sleep have also been cited as contributing to obesity. But remember the old adage - a moment on the lips, forever on your hips. The Harvard School of Public Health agrees: "At its most basic, of course, obesity results when someone regularly takes in more calories than needed."

Since obesity occurs over time, bad eating habits get established. In order to maintain a healthy weight, a short-term diet won't be effective unless those bad eating habits can be overcome and replaced by good long-term habits. This is the dreaded regaining of weight many dieters experience: once they lose the weight they revert back to their old eating habits.

Unlike fad diets and new diet super-foods, California Medical Weight Management's program really works. You'll work one on one with your doctor from the beginning to establish your optimal diet. And we make it easy to stick with the program. California Medical Weight Management's physician-supervised weight loss program works because it replaces an unhealthy diet with a healthy one, and also includes education, maintenance and long-term support of your weight loss goal. CMWM teaches you to make healthy choices, why that is important, and how it affects your body. Our program provides you with the tools and understanding you need to eat healthy, make good choices and maintain your new healthy weight.

To see actual patient testimonials, and to learn more about California Medical Weight Management's fast, safe and effective three-step weight loss program, visit our Testimonials page.

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