Many of you have learned the hard way - diets do not work.
Most diets are temporary and highly restrictive programs of eating pursued purely for the purpose of losing weight and are unfortunately damaging exercises in futility.
If you are going to lose weight and keep it off - you have to address the root causes of your weight gain.
We believe a stratified, systematic approach is the best and most reliable approach to sustainable weight loss.
To start there are two vital questions?
If there are significant medical or behavioural reasons for your weight gain - correcting these comes first.
Embracing a flexible, “better mindset”, where you seek small incremental changes in behaviour works better than a rigid, “perfect” mindset.
Sustainable, lifestyle change happens one healthy habit at a time. Over time, you find that you are eating real whole food, exercising regularly, sleeping well, coping with stress, and happy and fulfilled in relationships and purpose.
For many people these changes are sufficient to unlock their ability to lose weight.
For others we need to go deeper.
In the end, all weight loss requires becoming efficient at burning fat for fuel. Unfortunately, some people, despite good nutrition are unable to effectively burn fat: they lack metabolic flexibility.
Physiological testing provides the answer to whether you are metabolically flexible and able to burn fat. If the answer is no, pursuing specific strategies to unlock your ability to burn fat comes next.
If at this stage you are metabolically flexible, have healthy behaviors, and have dealt with any contributing medical issues, the next thing to examine is your resting metabolic rate as determined by physiologic testing and compare it to your actual caloric intake, ensuring that there is a sufficient deficit to ensure weight loss.
Our experience along with medical evidence has shown that this type of structured, behavioral program stratified on the basis of your personal data will lead to improved health and sustainable weight loss.
On January 22nd - we will launch a new group program - fully covered by MSP (for those with a BMI >30 or a BMI between 27 and 30 and a weight related diagnosis).
During the month of January - we will be posting about the foundational behaviours for sustainable weight management:
If you would like to learn more about the S3 program and whether you are eligible please check out our Sustainable Weight Management program page.
Dr. Brendan Byrne