NASHVILLE (WSMV) – This is the time of year when people think about starting a diet and losing weight. It is quickly followed by the time of year when everyone starts to lose their diet.
Obesity Medicine Doctor Dr. David Prologo believes the biggest obstacle to weight loss is convincing your body to join the program.
“When you suddenly say Jan 1, cut your calories and start exercising, the body says ‘Whoa, we’re starving here,'” Prologo said. “The body perceives it as a famine event and the body wants to survive.”
As a result, the body produces the hunger hormone and it circulates throughout your system. The nervous system then sends hunger and foraging signals to your brain, which prompts you to forage.
“It’s about getting past a tipping point in your efforts to lose weight, after which it’s no longer miserable,” Prologo said. “At first, if you weigh 250 lbs, 5’5 ” and start a healthy diet, that’s terrible.”
According to Prologo, whether your body is sending out a lot of hunger signals depends on how you’ve already eaten and exercised.
“On the other hand, if you’ve been skinny your entire life and you go out, exercise, and eat healthy, it’s not that big of a deal because your body isn’t sending out all those overwhelming starvation signals. and don’t tell you to look for food, ”Prologo said. .
To make weight loss easy, fun, and long-lasting, people need to create changes in their bodies by paying attention to biofeedback and recovery.
“It’s about creating a change in our body so that we can get past a certain point,” Prologo said. “After which, we feel exactly like these people that we see on the way down and we see that person heading towards the yoga drinking, a kale shake, smiling and apparently not miserable. “
Rather than trying to stick to a sticky diet and exercise program, Prologo believes people should implement a “no-restart principle.”
This allows people to let the program calibrate itself around them if there comes a day when they don’t follow the plan.
Instead of stopping after missing a day of exercise or eating an unhealthy snack, the no-resume principle allows people to take breaks when their bodies need them, and then return to dieting.
“We allow it to move with us in life because each of us is an individual and each of us has external stressors that are different,” said Prologo. “So we cannot follow this immutable program.”
Dr Prologo said it’s important to take your time and not get frustrated. It takes time for your body to come to terms with the idea of losing weight.
“And then we come back to where we left off,” he said. “Finally, we come to the end, even if it takes 90 days to finish a 30-day program because now we have moved forward.
However, once you reach that point and your body is working with you, the results of all the hard work will show up.