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What’s Obesity Medicine?
Medical school curriculums of the mid 1950’s did not give nutrition a high priority. As a matter of fact, they hardly gave it any priority at all. Perhaps organic chemistry made reference to proteins, fats and carbohydrates, but little more. As for obesity itself, for most patients it was all a behavioral thing. Treatment was simple. Eat less, move more.
Enter the 21st century and the establishment of Obesity Medicine as a medical specialty. Instead of gluttony and sloth, the focus is now on hormones, genetics, and a host of other factors leading to the abnormal retention of body fat. With the recognition of obesity as a disease, Obesity Medicine has found its’ place. It is the study and science of the cause, prevention and treatment of abnormal weight gain.
If you have a problem with your weight, or if you’ve plateaued and everything else has failed, please call HealthWayRI.
Obesity Medicine. It’s what we do!
Obesity Medicine at HealthWayRI
Although there are thousands of diet books and weight loss programs from which to choose, there always seems to be room for one more. That’s because people need a solution to a problem that isn’t going away and aren’t finding it. In particular, they need a program that
- Challenges conventional wisdom
- Treats obesity as a disease, not a character flaw
- Empowers patients to make the right lifestyle choices
- Provides compassionate care from nutrition experts
- Is realistic, effective long term, and very affordable
- And succeeds where others fail!
At HealthWayRI we’ve designed a new program that includes all of the above. It’s called:
In 1972 Dr Atkins introduced his “Diet Revolution”. It promoted the idea that reducing sugars and starches would help you lose weight. With fewer carbohydrate calories available for fuel, the body would burn fat. Like pioneers before him and since, he was right. But exactly how? This was never understood….until recently.
Obesity research now indicates that insulin is the driver of abnormal fat retention. Insulin can make gaining weight easy and losing weight hard, if not impossible. That said, the focus of this program is on lowering your insulin levels, then keeping them there. If past efforts have only resulted in failures, focusing on insulin may be your solution.
The three keys to lower insulin levels,
- First, as mother used to say, don’t eat so much! Since eating makes your insulin levels rise, eating less frequently makes sense. In other words, it’s not only what you eat, but when that counts. How to do it? We’ll introduce you to Intermittent Fasting and Time Restricted Eating.
- Second, avoid sugars, starches and other foods that make you insulin levels spike. If you need a more aggressive aproach, a ketogenic diet may be best.
- Third, make your body more sensitive to the actions of insulin. Methods include increasing activities and engaging in regular exercise. Are you “insulin resistant”? Medications may help, along with a ketogenic diet.
After assessing your metabolism and degree of insulin resistance, we’ll put all three to work. Fasting and/or Time Restricted Eating? The choice will be yours. Are you ready for exercise or increasing your activities? We’ll tell you what may be best. Should you be on a ketogenic diet? We’ll measure ketones in your breath weekly, and teach you all you need to know about ketosis. It’s what we do.
Flexibility is essential.
A weight loss program will not succeed unless it adjusts to the needs of each person, No matter what approach you start with, if it’s not working we’ll change it. Either in person, or via phone or internet we will track your progress to avoid plateaus.
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