Challenges to Weight Loss

Fat. We avoid it in our diets so as to avoid it on the body. Fat is something that gets talked about frequently. We wonder how we can manage it well enough to maintain the shape we want throughout the decades of life. As such, we often hear advice about weight loss and management as a simple equation. We’re told that, to lose weight, all we need to do is burn more calories than we consume. Perhaps for some it is truly that simple. Generally speaking, though, it isn’t.

Very Real Challenges to Weight Loss

Weight loss is challenging. It can get more challenging as we get older and face various changes in our hormone levels. This is no secret, and yet we still get the same simplified recommendation of “calories in, calories out.” To be honest, for the person struggling with stubborn fat, this advice can be detrimental. It can lead to unnecessary frustration and self-blame. There are several reasons why weight loss can take longer than expected and require more work than expected. We’ll look at just one of many here. 

When we lose weight, we typically do so by cutting calories. The body is not happy about this change so, as we cut calories, it responds by reducing the amount of leptin it produces. Leptin is the hormone that tells the brain that we’re satiated after a meal. In addition to reducing leptin, the body increases its production of the hormone ghrelin, the chemical that tells us we’re hungry. It’s simple biology that can work against the whole calories in, calories out mantra. 

Love Your Body More

Just because the body reacts unkindly to our efforts to lose weight naturally does not mean we shouldn’t continue our healthy habits. Eventually, the body’s physiology catches on to the new way of being and we start to see satisfying results. Still, diet and exercise alone often leave people wanting in terms of their cosmetic appearance. This is where professional body contouring treatments come in. 

At Luxurgery in NYC, we help our patients achieve their best contours via surgical and nonsurgical means. Surgically, body contours can be improved with liposuction, abdominoplasty, a thigh lift, and other techniques. Nonsurgically, appearance may be improved through CoolSculpting, CoolTone, Kybella injections, or cellulite reduction treatments. 

Your body is unique. Your contouring treatment should be, as well. To explore our body contouring treatments, schedule a visit at (212) 508-0000.

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