Quick Weight Loss Centers Lie
The 3 Lies Most Quick Weight Loss Centers Tell
As a nutritionist, my biggest challenge in helping people on their journey to weight loss is the endless dilemma of whether to be nice or bold when addressing nutrition habits and lifestyle.
Every time I prepare a session, I am reminded about what an old gym trainer told me years ago:
“You can’t help them all, so help only those who really want to help themselves, don’t cuddle your clients, avoid the sugar-coating and tell it like it is”
Like it or not, the weight loss industry is here to stay and if profit is the number one goal for many diet centers they might not fully disclose everything about their weight loss methods while sugar coating the reasons behind lack of performance as it relates to nutritional habits.
The 3 Lies Quick Weight Loss Centers Like to Tell
1- Our Approach Is Different- Really? how so? Do they take the time to explore the reasons why you gained weight in the first place? Sure, you may have been eating too much of the wrong food for years, but you won’t start eating differently just because someone tell you to. There’s more to obesity than overeating.
Do they tell the truth about diet vs lifestyle, and that changing nutritional intake for as long as it takes you to reach a certain goal will make you gain the weight back almost as soon as you reach your “goal”?
2-It’s Simple And Easy- No it’s not. Losing weight it’s never as easy as some weight loss centers would like you to believe. They simply sugar coat the damage you caused to your body and avoid addressing the underlying issue that got you to where you are today. Like nutritional misinformation leading to wrong eating habits, lack of activity, hormonal imbalances, genetic make up, culture. The list goes on.
This minimizing of the problem is an attempt to focus on the solution, which sounds good in theory, because it’s what you want, but simple and easy? Don’t fall for it.
More than likely they are just being nice to keep you as a client.
3-No Exercise Required- This is a good one. Sounds great, doesn’t it? While not a total lie because it’s true that you could lose weight without exercise, the reality is that your chances of gaining it back are greatly increased, especially if you lost it fast using some of those new medically supervised methods to suppress hunger in the form injections or pills.
Before I go any further, let me assure you that there are many reputable weight loss clinics prescribing medications and supplements that truly help with weight loss.
Conduct Your Own Research, Ask Questions
Do your own research, but best of all, research yourself first.
What do you think you have been doing for the past few years that made you overweight?
Have you been overweight since childhood?
What do you remember eating when you were 5, 10 years old? Are you feeding your kids the same foods perpetuating the problem?
If you gained too much weight after your pregnancies and could not get back in shape, why do you think that was? Be honest. It could be a combination of lack of time to prepare healthy meals and hormonal imbalance resulting from your pregnancies.
Perhaps, you quit doing whatever activities you were doing before…Life happens.
Once you answer all these questions, then you are ready for the diet centers.
This way you won’t get sucked into the promises of quick loss with fad diets that don’t provide enough nutrition to support your health, but deprive you of the foods you truly love.
By then, you will know…
That the reason you gained weight has a basis in physiology, meaning that when you lose weight on a fast diet you lose lean muscle mass- especially if you don’t exercise-by eating too little calories.
You will get tired of feeling deprived because your brain wants what it wants (habits) to survive.
You will know better than to just want to lose the weight fast, because this reversal in nutritional intake results in a weight gain of FAT, and since the metabolic rate of fat is lower than that of muscle mass it now takes LESS food to gain back the weight you lost.
I repeat: Because the metabolic rate of fat is lower than the metabolic rate of muscle, you will gain the weight back even if you eat less.
So if long, life health is your goal -whether that translates into increased energy, ability to do all the things you want or need without pain or too much effort, or if it simply means you’ll stay away from the doctor’s office -then permanent, nutritional changes are a must.
You can only accomplish this through diligent work at first. It will get simpler and easier with repetition, like everything else in life.
But not with quick fad diets or promises of numbers of pounds lost each day, such as those some quick weight loss centers advertise.
To Your Health!