Weight loss is simple, but we make it complicated

By Dr. Warren Willey
Columnist for the Journal

I had interesting conversations with two patients on the same day last week.

They have very similar demographics including their ages, their activity levels, and their lifelong struggles with weight and the associated medical complications that accompany it. They both started my optimal health program about the same time, in January of this year. Both were very motivated, had regular exercise schedules, a good grip on stress, good support systems in place, etc.

Overall, they started their weight loss journey on a parallel track, except for one factor: one of them was convinced that she needed a number of options and food choices, as she swore she would get bored eating the same thing all the time. The other one was comfortable with the idea that, while eating healthy for her body might limit her total food choices, variety would be obtained with different meal options (involving the same foods), recipe ideas, spices, presentation, etc.

An interesting pattern has emerged over the last six months. The young lady who needed all sorts of food options got just that – she was provided with different eating plans almost weekly. But this continual changing of menus obviously became confusing. It also set her up to look for other options, and she frequently emailed me about ideas she had heard on TV or the radio to utilize in addition to her optimal health program.

Long story short, this woman has not had much success in the last six months. The other patient was provided with one meal plan in January and simply stuck with it, making changes only used the list above. She included a free meal each week, as suggested, that she used to go on dates with her husband or to attend other social events. She has reached her goal and no longer needs my services. She has adopted an uncomplicated lifestyle, has never felt better, and in my experience, will never return to her previous baseline. 

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated” – Confucius.

Dr. Warren Willey is the Medical Director of a hormone management and medical weight loss center in Southeast Idaho. A widely-published author and speaker, Willey is a Board Certified Osteopathic Physician and did his postgraduate training at The Mayo Clinic. For more on his work and background, visit http://drwilley.com.

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