When you carry extra weight, your heart has to work harder, and your joints begin to wear down from the added stress.
Being overweight also has a widespread effect throughout your body as fat cells produce hormones and other substances that regulate your metabolism and influence organs. When these biochemicals get out of balance due to extra fat cells, your risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure increases.
If you’ve struggled to lose weight, or you lose weight only to regain it, you’re not alone. Many factors influence your ability to lose weight, and they’re not easy to overcome. For example, many people overeat when they’re stressed, and they struggle to break the cycle.
Hormones also work against your best efforts. One hormone, leptin, promotes fat burning. But many people who gain weight develop leptin resistance, which means your body doesn’t respond to leptin adequately. As a result, you continue to store fat rather than burn it for energy.
Another hormone, ghrelin, makes you feel hungry. After you lose weight, levels of ghrelin spike by 23%, making it hard to fight the hunger. If you can stick with your diet for a year, your ghrelin levels return to normal.
When you get support from the team at Boerne Family Medicine, you’re more likely to stick with your plan, lose weight, and keep it off.
They can evaluate your overall health, talk with you about your previous weight-loss efforts, then work with you to set calorie goals and create a long-term meal plan you can stick with.
Weight-loss medications safely help you lose weight, but you have to use them along with a balanced diet and exercise. Your doctor can talk with you about whether you’re a good candidate for medications or supplements.
Don’t continue to struggle with weight loss. Call the office or book a consultation online so the team at Boerne Family Medicine can get you started on the road to weight-loss success.