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What Is “Healthy” Weight Loss?

There are times when losing weight is not “healthy”, even when the person is not overweight/obese.  As an example, if someone develops a significant infection or injury and eating grinds to a halt, weight loss will occur but there is a good chance that a good part of that weight loss may be muscle decrease.  When the body goes into a state of catabolism there is an indiscriminate breakdown of body tissue including the vital organs and muscles.

The goal of our program is to help overweight people or those that have excessive body fat to selectively and preferentially, break down the body fat and preserve muscle mass.  This is what we consider as “healthy” weight loss.  From a medical perspective, the loss of body fat translates into the marked reduction of the risks of developing diabetes, cancer, inflammatory pain syndromes, improving the immune system etc.

“Healthy” weight loss (i.e. losing fat as opposed to muscle) is enhanced by following what sounds to be a simple formula:  High protein/high vegetable-low carbohydrate/low fat/low fruit intake.  Obviously, what sounds simple ain’t so simple because of our tendencies to crave and socialize around carbohydrates.

Yesterday I saw one of our wonderful patients (shhh…here is a secret…I am the luckiest doctor in the world because I have the highest percentage of wonderful patients than any other doctor I know of) and her body scan showed that of her 20 pounds of weight loss in 5 weeks, every pound of loss was from body fat.  We see this almost every time with our patients:  the percentage body fat drops dramatically by following the SP dietary approach.  

People cannot immediately “feel” the impact on risk factors when body fat percentage drops but here is what they do feel and see: Lowering percentage body fat translates into significant lowering of clothing sizes as well as a much thinner “look” aesthetically.

If you have not been in for a body scan recently, please come out for your FREE body composition analysis.  This will tell you in much more detail than the BMI how much weight loss is needed as well as how much fat loss should occur to bring you to a much healthier state.

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