Losing weight is a common goal amongst my patients and a life-long struggle for many people. In the United States, 67% of the population is currently overweight, and about 32% of the population is classified as obese. A common question I get during my first consultation with patients is “why am I not losing weight if I am exercising?”. Your weight depends mostly on three factors; your genetics, your physical activity, and your diet. There is nothing we do about genetics, but we can control what we eat and how much activity that we do. While exercise is very important for your overall health, and it does aid weight loss, your metabolism tends to adapt to the exercise that we do, which is why my main focus when talking about weight loss goals with my patients is nutrition. Weight loss is more easily achieved with a change of the diet than by increasing our physical activity alone. By swapping out the high-calorically dense foods from your diet (meat, dairy, refined sugar, oil), and replacing them with high nutrient dense foods of plant-based diet, you can lose weight without calorie restriction, and by nourishing your body along the way.
Adopting a whole food, plant-based diet has been clinically proven to have the weight loss effects comparable to those that are seen in patients who have weight loss surgery, without the high costs, the high risks, the scars, or the rebound weight gain.