People looking to lose weight either by dieting, exercising, or miracle supplements end up either disappointed, cheated, or hurting themselves.

Dietitians often attract desperate people with claims for giving individuals a diet chart that will cause quick weight loss. Indeed, there is an entire weight loss industry built around miracle solutions.

For us to understand obesity and weight loss, let me answer some common questions.

What causes obesity?

The Centers for Disease Control and World Obesity Federation mention three critical factors that play an essential part in the development of obesity. These are:

  1. Behavior- influences food choices. Behavior management is a useful tool for obesity control. Excess calories get converted into fats.
  2. The environment plays a crucial role in shaping our habits and lifestyle. Availability of motorized transport at home, convenience foods, and home entertainment solutions are some factors that determine the low expenditure of energy.
  3. Genetics, too, has a role in obesity. Genes can cause disorders resulting in obesity.

Obesity is sometimes associated with an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism). Medications help manage this condition. (Prevalence of Obesity | World Obesity Federation)

Losing weight is best achieved when we proceed systematically. Check with your physician before consulting a weight loss dietitian. Do not pick up one of the weight-loss diets from the ones reviewed earlier or even hire a personal trainer before a medical consultation.

Once the physician’s assessment is completed and the physiological and genetic causes of obesity are ruled out. Suppose any corrective medical interventions are recommended to take care of lifestyle-triggered ailments. If there are no clinical recommendations, then in both cases, we move to the next stage of a weight loss process.

It entails consulting a physical therapist who will recommend an exercise schedule appropriate to your physical condition. In the chapters above, we have talked about simple exercises and yoga routines. Remember, physical therapy is a science of its own. It is best to consult with a physical therapist to arrive at a customized training suited for you.

The next step is diet planning. Many people suffering from obesity make the nutritionist or dietitian the first port of call. To my mind, the role of the dietitians comes into play only after the completion of a thorough clinical examination. Remember, obesity is a disease that requires full attention and treatment. It is essential to address the causes of the condition first before starting any exercise or diet regime.

While you will get a foundational understanding of the best foods that work best for you, diet planning is best done in consultation with an expert. The expert should not just be able to recommend a weekly diet chart for you.

The expert will help you fix short-term and long-term goals and help put a self-monitoring mechanism in place. Behavior and motivation are critical to achieving weight-loss goals and require integration into a weight loss regime.

Additional reading:

A three-book series on natural solutions for obesity, diabetes, and cancer. The Amazon link is

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