Obesity results from interactive influences of biological, physiological, psycho-social, behavioural and environmental factors. With such a multifactorial aetiology, prevention of weight gain, weight loss and weight maintenance is less than straightforward. Whilst the energy equation (calories consumed = calories expended +/- calories stored as body fat or glycogen) holds true, food choice is highly complex. As such, interventions that only address factors at the individual level, and do not take into account the social and environmental influences mentioned above, are unlikely to be successful.
Lastly, you enter the Wellness Phase when you have met your goal weight. Monthly visits help to keep you on track with your long-term weight maintenance plan, and additional testing and supplements may be suggested. During this phase, the dieter moves to a 40/30/30 eating plan where 40 percent of calories consumed come from carbohydrates, 30 percent come from fats and 30 percent come from protein.
Whilst the prospect of losing weight can be a daunting task, it is often made much easier with the support of others. Groups such as Weight Watchers hold regular meetings across the capital and offer advice on exercise and nutrition, weekly weigh-ins and support from professionals and peers. The website will assist you in locating your nearest meeting in London. The NHS website also has an easy-to-use location filter that will help you locate all the services which are available in your postcode.
How much weight will I lose? : it really does depend on how much weight you have to lose in the first place and how well you stick with the programme. I have seen 3-4 kg lost in the first two phases (2 weeks and 2 days) through to a staggering 10kg. For most people the first two phases sees the most dramatic loss in weight after which point is does slow down a bit. One lady on the plan at the moment has lost 7kg and she is a couple of weeks into phase 3 (more relaxed phase where one weekly treat meal is allowed) and is half way to her total weight loss goal.
As you get closer to your weight loss goal, you’ll move into the Short-term Maintenance phase. During this short stage, you can slowly increase your intake of carbohydrates and calories. You'll introduce servings of starch, dairy, and normally there is an increase in the servings of veggies, fruits, and fat. Protein calories may stay the same or change. Most patients continue weekly visits.
Your coaching programme will then begin with a 2 hour Fast-Start session. This session is designed to really get your coaching programme off to a powerful start and put some of the foundations in place that you will build on going forwards. During this session you will delve deeper into what it is you want to achieve and clarify your vision and the initial focus of the programme, design how you’re going to work with your coach to get maximum benefit from your sessions, complete some initial exercises and any necessary paperwork and agreements.
Discover what causes your cravings and how to eliminate it – in addition to the emotional causes of over-eating, and the craving to eat the wrong foods, you will also discover the physiological ones – and how to eliminate them. By following our weight loss approach you will stop the cravings and discover a way to lose weight, without feeling hungry, that you can stick to it long-term.
There’s so much information around about obesity and most people are somewhat informed of the health risk that are associated with the condition. That wealth of information should conjour up a healthy reaction in most people to want to act positively to reducing their weight in a safe and controlled manner. That’s where our Weight Loss Clinic London Bridge, Southwark can help. We provide our all our new patients with a FREE consultation with a medical weight loss doctor.
I have helped numerous clients succeed in significant weight loss journeys that involve losses of over 20-30 kg in body fat over the space of 1-2 years or more. I actually find such longer term journeys more rewarding as they allow me to teach my clients about the impact of nutrition and lifestyle habits on their physiology. This not only helps them, but also helps those closest to them as well.