6 Ways to Lose Weight in 6 Weeks

June 16, 2011

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summerIf summer weather has you inspired to get fit and lose weight, you???re in luck! It???s still not too late to get started and see results in time to enjoy the sunshine.

Here are six ways you can get a jump-start on your weight loss goals:

Forget What You Know About Dieting: First, realize that much of what you have heard about losing weight is likely completely off the mark. In general ???dieting??? doesn???t work because our bodies are designed to slow our metabolisms and conserve fat when calories are cut ??? not to shed fat. That???s why fad diets or starving yourself doesn???t work ??? this makes it harder to lose weight, not easier, in the long run. Likewise, forget pills, potions, diet sodas, frozen entrees, and processed packaged ???diet??? foods. The best way to lose weight and keep it off is to follow a high-protein, reduced-calorie, nutritionally balanced meal plan made from real foods including plenty of ???fill you up??? foods in the form of fresh vegetables and fruits ??? or in other words, how most Americans don???t eat!

Hire an Expert: Nobody would try to manage a complex illness like diabetes or cancer on his or her own, nor should one try to tackle a weight issue without help from a board-certified physician trained in weight issues who can guide you toward your goals based upon your unique health situation. Obesity is a medical condition, not a cosmetic problem, and it needs to be addressed as such. Too many ???diet??? programs just focus on losing weight quickly, rather than on tackling the core issues contributing to the problem in the first place.

Keep Track: Studies show that people who get in the habit of keeping a food diary, counting calories, weighing in on a regular basis, and journaling about what they are experiencing along the way are far more likely to lose weight and keep it off than those who don???t. So make it a point to get in the habit of writing down what you???re doing, what your goals are, and how things are going. Then share this data with your weight loss coach so the two of you can help you stay accountable ??? both while you are losing the weight and on a regular basis even after you???ve met your goal.

Make it About You: The reality is that weight issues can be caused by a variety of factors from genetics to underlying medical conditions to food addictions, so there is no one-size-fits-all approach to losing weight. What worked for a neighbor or relative may be completely wrong for you. You???ll get the best results from a plan that is tailored individually for you ??? like the ones we develop for each patient at The Center for Medical Weight Loss. Your plan should look at what you eat to how you move to lifestyle changes that will help you break patterns that are contributing to your weight issues.

Get Exercise Without “Exercising”: Living an active lifestyle overall is far more important than spending an hour at the gym every day. Start looking for little ways to add movement and burn calories into your daily routine, from parking further away at the store or work, to taking the stairs, to going for a walk to unwind instead of watching TV, to carrying groceries in one bag at a time instead of in as few trips as possible. Looking for the ???hard??? way to do the things you already have to do anyway can add up to the equivalent of 30 minutes or more of exercise per day, without ever ???exercising!???

Think Big Picture: Remember, it’s not just about losing the pounds, it’s about breaking the weight loss/gain cycle for good. So instead of making losing weight quickly your focus, make it about losing that weight for good. That means really examining all of the things that led to your weight problems in the first place and taking steps to relearn the way you live. Keep in mind that reaching your goal weight is just the first part of the journey. The second part is continuing to live in a way that keeps that weight from coming right back.

This summer, why not tackle your weight issues once and for all, not just for the swimsuit season? That way you won???t find yourself looking for another ???quick solution??? next year.

Dr. Michael Kaplan

Founder and Chief Medical Officer

The Center for Medical Weight Loss

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