Thursday, February 18, 2010

Behavioral Change for Weight Loss!

I have reviewed many diets over the years and aspects of all of them can be beneficial and aspects of many of them can be detrimental. It is clear that most diets are not sustainable and therefore not effective for life. The Diet de jour is HCG diet which through multiple studies have shown the diet to be ineffective. The results that people are seeing is from the calorie restriction in the diet. The diet calls for you to eat on 500 cal a day. A typical person should eat 1800-2000 calories a day and many Americans are eating 2500-3000 calories a day. Shocking your body into starvation at 500 calories a day will be effective without HCG, the only problem is, how long can you do that for?

Ultimately, we, as medical professional need to stop telling people to lose weight and tell them how to lose weight. We have to start educating. If every patient learned about the consequences of over eating and ways to eat better, obesity would become extinct.

Behavior change is the key. Not pills, shots, exhaustive exercise regimes or extreme diet. I have been working with a local counselor Kari Anderson who specializes in cognitive behavior therapy. My Balanced Life Counseling.
Together we have created a comprehensive 12 week program whose goal is behavior change for the future. Participants will lose weight but we will not be focusing on pounds per se.

Please see her website for program details:
My balanced life counseling programs

Bryan Glick, DO