The HealthWay Approach to Weight Loss.
Not too long ago obesity was thought to be simply the result of poor dietary bookkeeping. When food intake exceeded energy output, fat deposits were inevitable. While the words might not be spoken, most considered fatness to be the result of gluttony and sloth. Indeed it was said that “the fat woman had the remedy in her hands – or rather between her teeth”.
Based on this reasoning, the treatment seemed obvious. The expertise of a dietitian, or even a physician, should not be required. Anyone – even a Boy Scout – could easily blaze a trail to easy weight loss by simply altering the balance between calories consumed and calories burned. It all boiled down to Calories In, Calories Out – the CICO (psycho?) theory of why people get fat).
While erroneous perceptions along with thoughtless and hurtful prejudices persist, times have changed. Today we view obesity as a disease having multiple etiologies and varied therapies ranging from simple portion control to bariatric surgery. Perhaps the first inkling that obesity was more than a matter of will and choice appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1924. An editorial titled “What Causes Obesity” concluded by saying “Has not the time arrived for considering obesity as a scientific problem, and talking about it less glibly?”
At HealthWayRI we take obesity seriously, not glibly. We recognize each individual as unique,; as having special needs that must be satisfied for successful and lasting weight loss to occur. In the world of obesity treatment, the cliche “one size does not fit all” may be aptly applied.
So do we have a weight management “program”? Will you find us among the thousands of weight loss books and other programs? No. But do we think we can provide you with hope for the future? Can we offer you an approach that may just work where others have failed? Definitely.
What’s our approach to obesity management? Here’s an analogy that may help answer the question:
If your quest is to lose weight, think of it as a quest to build a house from scratch instead. Here are the prerequisites:
- Commitment. Given the time and expense, you’re really going to have want that house, maintain an unwavering focus, and be willing to “give it your all”.
In other words: Are you willing to make the necessary lifestyle changes so that your initial weight loss can be maintained long term?
- A design or plan. This takes a careful evaluation of your needs. Shall there be more than two bedrooms? Do you need a laundry room on the first floor? How many cars in the the garage? Once you’ve answered these questions, you can move forward with a specific plan.
In other words: What do YOU have to do in order to lose weight? (It’s not the same for everyone, you know) Is low carb in the plan? Am I insulin resistant, and if so what does this mean? Would meal replacements be helpful? How about anti-obesity medications? We provide a very through assessment to answer these questions and others.
- A foundation. “The loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid”. Thomas Kempis
In other words: Your success in losing weight will depend on how well your body is prepared to burn calories rather than having them deposited as fat, and how well you understand the process. That’s our job.
We don’t provide “diets” – we treat obesity.