This oversimplified perspective overlooks the complex ways our bodies function, particularly in response to weight loss. Here's the real story:
When we lose weight, our brains interpret this as a potential shortage of food. This triggers multiple reactions that are all designed to preserve your body weight:
- Hunger hormones increase, causing us to feel hungrier and more motivated to go and find food
- Fullness hormones decrease, so we have to eat more food in order to feel satisfied
- Our metabolism slows down to burn fewer calories
The outcome is that most people who lose weight, gain it back over time.
The truth is, our brains play a key role in controlling our appetite system! Our bodies are complex systems, and "eating less and moving more" is a simplistic and often unrealistic weight loss strategy.
Successful weight management goes beyond willpower. It requires comprehensive treatment including safe and effective medications, combined with behavioural support. At MWM we understand the biology of weight management and will develop a plan to counteract your body's response to weight loss, including addressing the fluctuations in hunger and fullness hormones. These treatments can support long-term success by tackling the biological responses that lead to weight regain.
To find the right medical treatment for you, start by talking to a doctor specializing in obesity and weight management. It's time to rethink weight management!
For a personalized action plan to help you reach your best weight, schedule a free consultation with the Medical Weight Management Centre of Canada today.