Achieving and maintaining weight loss
It can be done. Any treatment for obesity begins with achieving a modest amount of weight loss – 3% to 5% of total body fat / weight. The more weight that is lost at a consistent or gradual pace, the better. Treatment methods do depend on a person’s level or class of obesity, as well as overall health condition.
Lack of quality sleep or sleep deprivation is also a contributing factor to weight gain as it causes increased cortisol (the stress hormone) levels which leads to increased appetite while fatigue often leaves one reaching for sugary, carb loaded snacks with high calorie content in an attempt to boost energy levels. A good 7 to 8 hours every 24-hours is best.
Some of the best ways to avoid weight gain after seeking treatment for obesity include:
- Learning all there is to know about obesity. Once a person is able to identify the reasons why they became obese, the more they can assert control over the future of their health.
- A significant amount of weight loss to be achieved can be daunting. Setting realistic goals – daily, weekly, monthly – can help make the primary objectives more achievable. Realistic goals make for achievable changes.
- Part of goal setting is implementing lifestyle changes and alterations to behavioural patterns that compounded the problem. Working closely with healthcare teams can make sticking to a treatment plan a lot simpler and less problematic. What works for one, may not work for all. Treatment plans will always be tailored for an individual. All involved will ensure that recommendations are tailored to achieve the optimum result.
- It’s all too easy to become isolated and hide. An obese person should be encouraged to get the support of family and friends during their journey. Those who generally have a positive impact on a person are the best kind of support to have. Where close friends and family may be lacking, support groups are also beneficial for a person to gain understanding along the way, learn to cope and even help others on a similar path.