Understanding the Difference Between Dieting and Weight Management

The numbers surrounding regaining weight after dieting are disheartening, to say the least. For example, 13 of the 14 participants in a study on “The Biggest Loser” television show regained 66% of the weight they lost, and four were heavier than before the show. 

And this is but one example of many that show that extreme dieting doesn’t necessarily pan out in the long run. And this is certainly true for people who undergo bariatric surgery. While the initial weight loss is encouraging, the real work comes in maintaining the weight loss, which is best done through weight management.

Here at the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona, our team of bariatric and weight management experts are invested in the outcomes of our patients. Instead of simply giving you a leg up on your weight-loss journey through bariatric surgery, we supply ongoing weight management counseling to help you sustain your healthy results.

Here’s a look at the difference between dieting and weight-loss management.

The world of dieting

If you do an internet search for the word “diet,” you’ll find, in less than a second, more than 1.2 billion results pop up. And almost every one of these results promises dramatic results, whether it’s cutting out carbs, going vegan, or popping a pill once a day.

The truth is that dieting is tricky business and no two people are alike. What may work for one, may not work for another. Metabolism, appetite, lifestyle, emotional health, physical constraints, and more all play a role in how you should approach weight loss.

But the dieting itself is just the initial work. All too often, people lose the weight and then slowly slide back into old habits, eventually regaining the pounds and then some.

With our bariatric surgery, we provide a critical first push into weight loss by circumventing Mother Nature. But the work doesn’t end there. After your surgery, you need to retrain yourself to sustain your results, and that’s where our weight management services come in.

Weight management for long-term success

Our staff is invested in your outcome, which is why we continue to work with you after your surgery so you can keep the weight off. Through weight management, we approach your weight from every angle, including:

Let’s say your family tradition is that every Sunday you head out for a picnic, complete with fried chicken, creamy potato salads, cornbread, and delicious ice cream desserts. We show you how to still enjoy your family day while practicing restraint at the picnic buffet.

In other words, weight management is as much about eating right as it is about showing you how to lead a new life where food doesn’t play a central role. The emotional and habitual attachment to poor eating habits can be strong, and we provide you with the tools you need to remain steadfast in your goal of keeping the dangerous weight off.

Ultimately, through weight management, we show you how to enjoy your life without suffering through miserable diets by teaching you a new way to live happily. By establishing healthier patterns, you reap the benefits of your weight loss and come to realize that this new way of living is far better than the old one.

To learn more about our weight management services, please call one of our six clinics, or you can use the online scheduling tool to request a consultation.

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