Without a doubt, weight loss must be the most frequently abandoned goal in the United States. It may be easy to agree with your doctor that you need to lose pounds for the sake of your health, but how exactly do you stick with a weight-loss plan day in and day out?
Drs. Syed Farhat Zaidi and Imran Baig are primary care specialists who lead the team at Integrative Primary Care. With offices in Houston and Katy, Texas, these board-certified internists are focused on providing you the frontline medical care you need. This includes offering the support and medically sound therapies required to help you reach your weight-loss goals.
They’ve put together a list of the top five things you can do to help keep your weight loss on track.
1. Make your weight-loss goals real
An important part of reaching your weight-loss goals is making them real. You don’t, for instance, just decide you’re going on a vacation someday and hope it happens. Rather, you’re most likely to circle a date on the calendar and then proceed with actions you need to take to turn that dream vacation into reality.
The same can be true with weight loss. Don’t just think about losing weight. Understand that it’s a reality you can accomplish, and start taking steps to make it happen.
2. Reach out for help
Once you’ve decided that your weight loss can become a reality, reach out for help from your medical community. At Integrative Primary Care, you’ll find a support system that can get you past those days when you’re tempted to pitch your weight-loss goals in the trash.
To support your weight-loss efforts, we offer:
- Information on the HCG diet
- B12 injections
- Lipo C injections to burn fat
- Prescription medications to help curb your appetite
- Nutritional counseling
We also help you develop an exercise plan that you enjoy and that burns calories.
3. Break your weight-loss goals into easily managed steps
One way that successful people accomplish their goals is to break a large project into easily managed chunks that get you where you want to go one step at a time.
Record your ultimate weight-loss goal and then write down an action plan for getting there. You may decide, for instance, to lose so many pounds per month or increase your activity level by so many minutes per week. We can help you develop a chunk-size strategy for weight loss that’s reasonable and attainable.
4. Plan for the hard times
There’s going to come a time when you’d rather eat than stick with weight loss. It’s hard to know when cravings will strike, so it’s best to develop an alternative plan before they hit. You can, for instance, stuff your cupboards and fridge with foods you can eat without guilt.
Start with fresh fruits and vegetables that take time to eat but satisfy your need to chew. Toss the takeout menus that are stacked up next to the fridge.
When you’re hit with a craving, set a timer that gives you 15 minutes to think before you eat. Take a shower, clean out a closet, walk the dog — whatever works for you to overcome that temporary craving.
5. Forget about weight loss and focus on health
If you spend your free time hovering over the scale or daydreaming about when you’ll be able to eat again, it’s hard to get your mind off food. And thinking about food just makes you want to eat. If you focus instead on the health benefits you gain by losing those extra pounds, and maybe take a walk as you think, you may find it easier to stick with your plan.
We can help you reach your weight-loss goals. To find out more, schedule a visit at Integrative Primary Care. Call the office or book your visit online.