December 3, 2020

Each year millions of Americans enroll in commercial and self-help weight loss programs. Health care providers and their obese patients know little about these programs but evidence shows that knowledge on managing a healthy weight makes a difference (Annals of Internal Medicine). Transparency and education is the goal of this Detox to Weight Loss article. Please read the following text to help empower your self and others.

Know the Facts: To eat and maintain a nutritional intake requires a level of education that Dieticians and Nutritionists specialize in. Before you go to the gym or cut your food intake in half speak with a Registered Dietician or Nutritionists. People who receive a nutritional assessment and personalized instructions on how to detox or lose weight have a higher success rate but also decrease their chances of suffering health problems, including cancer (Nutrition & Oncology).

Accountability: Studies show that Weight-loss programs involving diet, exercise, and behavior modification produce initial weight losses of approximately 10%, but a majority of dieters regain about one-third of the weight lost during the next year and are typically back to baseline in 3 to 5 years (Maintenance of Weight Loss). Accountability Groups or Maintenance Sessions have been found to be helpful in improving the maintenance of weight loss. This is particularly helpful with youth. Implementing an 8-week stress-management intervention program resulted in a significant reduction in the body mass index (BMI) of overweight and obese children and adolescents (National Institute of Health) and accountability was a determining factor.

Medical History: No diet or detox plan is universal because each person is different and one’s ability to loses weight can be largely dependent on their medical history. Diabetes affects how the body turns food into energy. There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes (diabetes while pregnant), and the very nature of this medical condition can influence how one loses weight. Before you enroll in a detox or weight loss program please disclose your medical history. Even if you or your family have no history of diabetes there are multiple other conditions that can put your health at risk for weight loss programs such as intermittent fasting, Low-Carb diets, and high-intensity workouts.

Lifestyle: How would you like to detox, lose weight, and stay healthy? The pathway to a healthy life is consistency, which can be summed up as a lifestyle. The road to losing weight can be difficult but once you make progress there is a temptation to go back. This is why accountability is so important. Regardless if you start off slow or fast, the goal is to be consistent (Lessons from Obesity Management). No matter where you are at, you can make adjustments in your lifestyle even if it is in eliminating stress, avoiding fast food, or simply giving up your favorite sugary desert.

Where to Start?

  • Sleep is essential. Getting less than 5–6 hours of sleep per night is associated with an increased incidence of obesity. (American Journal of Epidemiology).
  • Eliminate stress. Take a break from media consumption, television, social media, and yes even reading all these great Zen’s Medicine articles, for a week and experience a simpler lifestyle.
  • Track Yourself. Count your steps and be mindful of your calorie intake because studies show consistent tracking of physical activity helped with weight loss.

There are many steps to detox and lose weight naturally. If you would like to set up a Virtual Appointment with a Registered Dietician or Nutritionists please click here.

“Systematic review: an evaluation of major commercial weight loss programs in the United States.” Annals of internal medicine 142.1 (2005): 56-66.

Lessons from obesity management programmes: greater initial weight loss improves long‐term maintenance. obesity reviews1(1), 17-19.

Lessons from obesity management programmes: greater initial weight loss improves long‐term maintenance. obesity reviews1(1), 17-19.



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