LIFESTYLE

Overview

Lifestyle modification is the single most important factor in maintaining a healthy weight and reducing your risks of life-threatening conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure. As a cornerstone, the combination of diet, exercise, and behavioral changes are essential to promoting and continued weight loss success. We utilize evidence-based findings to counsel everyone on these key topics to debunk the myths frequently discussed in the media.

Diet

From self-help books and the internet to commercial and community-based programs, they have all been tried. No matter what is holding you back, we have heard it all. Although everyone has a different story, we all have the same goal, to live longer and healthier lives. As part of our encompassing program, we emphasize the role of diet in weight management. With so many fad-diets and false claims it is time we get back to the facts.

Excercise

Along with reducing the number calories consumed, increasing the amount of calories burned is key. No matter your level of fitness, there is always room for improvement in physical activity or exercise. According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, it is recommended that adults perform 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity OR 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity OR an equivalent mix of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity weekly AND muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week.


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Potential for Abuse or Dependence

Currently, all prescription medications to treat obesity except orlistat are controlled substances, meaning doctors need to follow certain restrictions when prescribing many weight-loss medications. Although abuse and dependence are not .


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Development of Tolerance

Most studies of weight-loss medications show that a patient's weight tends to level off after 4 to 6 months while still on medication. While some patients and physicians may be concerned that this shows tolerance to the medications, the leveling off may mean that the .

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Obesity as a Chronic Disease


Obesity often is viewed as the result of a lack of willpower, weakness, or a lifestyle "choice"--the choice to overeat and under exercise. The belief that persons choose to be obese adds to the hesitation of health professionals and patients to accept the use of long-term appetite.


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Side Effects


Because weight-loss medications are used to treat a condition that affects millions of people, many of whom are basically healthy, their potential for side effects is of great concern. Most side effects of these medications are mild and usually improve with continued treatment. Rarely, serious and even fatal out.

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