For this year’s resolution, let’s focus on sustainable weight loss

Dr. Liliya Slutsker

Dr. Liliya Slutsker

Dr. Liliya Slutsker is a Board Certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, Member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.

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As the New Year unfolds, even though it may seem old hat, it’s time to think about weight maintenance again. However, this year, let’s make a determined effort to rethink our entire approach to weight loss and shift the focus from dieting to sustainable weight management and maintenance. This year let’s make a resolution not to just lose weight, but to do so in a way that’s maintainable and healthy for the body in the long run.

A critical part of this journey will involve learning about and understanding the role of innovative medical treatments, like the smart use of semaglutide and tirzepatide alongside traditional weight loss methods and philosophy. Fully embracing a holistic and informed approach that will help lead us to healthier bodies, along with more effective and long-lasting results in your weight loss journey.

What Is Sustainable Weight Loss

Sustainable weight loss, at its core, is about creating a long-term approach to managing your weight, rather than looking for the next quick-fix solution to drop a couple of pounds. It’s built on making gradual, consistent changes to your diet and general lifestyle that can be maintained over long periods. The goal isn’t just weight loss, it’s keeping it off by improving overall health and wellness.

This approach contrasts sharply with fad diets and schemes that promise rapid or massive weight loss, either of which often ends up in yo-yo dieting and a cycle of fluctuating weight. Sustainable weight management will focus more clearly on building a balanced relationship with food, understanding your personal nutritional needs, and integrating regular physical activity. It’s about making better choices that simply become part of your daily routine, leading to a gradual, steady weight loss that can be sustained for years. 

Medication in Weight Management

One of the cornerstones in weight management is using the proper tools available, and recently, tools like semaglutide and tirzepatide have emerged in the weight management space. These medications, when used wisely and under the supervision of medical professionals, can significantly increase the rate at which weight is lost, as well as the ease with which it’s lost, which can be a boon for those struggling with obesity or weight-related issues.

Semaglutide works by triggering the part of the brain that deals with appetite and food intake, and mimics a hormone that reduces both. Tirzepatide combines the actions of two hormones, enhancing its effect on appetite suppression and blood sugar control, giving you even more leverage against overeating and feeling hungry. Both medications have shown promising indications during clinical trials, which offers a new hope for those who have not been able to acheive significant weight loss through caloric restriction and exercise.

Integrating Medication with Lifestyle Changes

Achieving sustainable weight loss is most effective when medication is combined with crucial lifestyle changes. Compounds like semaglutide and tirzepatide play a big part in managing appetite and general metabolic health, but they are far from standalone solutions. They are best leveraged as part of a holistic approach that works to manage weight with healthy eating habits, regular physical activity, and core behavioral changes. 

Committing to a Healthier Future

As we embrace a new year and a new start, let’s commit to a resolution that is more than just looking good in a new outfit, let’s commit to sustainable and healthy weight management. By incorporating the use of highly targeted compounds like semaglutide and tirzepatide, and creating meaningful lifestyle changes, you can start down a path of lasting health and well-being. If you’re ready to take the first step, reach out to Carrington Medical for a consultation today.