Meal Replacement Diet Plan Only A Good Start

Regardless of whether obese people go to a weight loss clinic or work with their primary care physician they can have some success at weight loss.

meal replacement shakes and bars for type 2 pre diabetes diet planA research study took 234 obese people and had them participate in a 12 week weight loss plan consisting of behavioral modification sessions and a diet plan partially or fully supplemented by meal replacements.

They lost an average of 11.1% of their body weight.  What’s 10% of your body weight?  You can lose it in 3 months if you want to.

The primary care physicians’ (PCPs) ability to facilitate weight loss was comparable to a weight loss clinic demonstrating that, “the PCPs office is able to successfully manage and treat obese patients using behavioral modification techniques coupled with meal replacement diets.”

I am of the belief that podiatrist foot and ankle specialists also have an important role to play in weight loss management.  They are effective at facilitating the movement that is a necessary part of weight loss, weight control, and overall health.

Many readers of Nutrientology have seen my open letter to my podiatrist foot and ankle specialist colleagues. The management of the diabesity epidemic needs to involve a multispecialty approach with health care professionals from all fields working together on behalf of the patient with their challenging quest to improve their health through weight loss.

foot health by podiatrist for exercise movement weight loss

Foot and ankle specialist podiatrists are regularly seeing firsthand the deleterious effects of the diabetes and obesity epidemics.

Diet (food) and exercise (movement) are two sides of the same metabolic coin. If you are not, or cannot, engage in some form of movement-exercise, your weight control is unlikely to be successful over the long term.

Some form of movement is part of a healthy metabolism. Those of you who have read my ebook know that humans have been evolutionarily designed to move.

While I’m not a fan of “meal replacement” per se, it does appear that this approach has its place for some people.  Given the hectic pace of contemporary life, if it’s between a meal replacement shake, or cookies and a diet Coke, have a quality meal replacement product such as a shake or bar.

meal replacement diet plan shakesIn addition, if you are going to go this route, you need to be making incremental changes to your non meal-replacement eating habits, exercise and lifestyle. If you think you can go on a meal replacement diet plan for 3 months, lose 20 pounds, and then go back to the way you were eating, and generally living 3 months prior, you’re crazy or ill-informed.  You will gain the weight back faster than you lost it.

If it’s simply that you are ill-informed, stay in tune with this website, and become a smart Nutrientology reader.

If you are counted among the victims of diabesity, consider changing your life. Read about the approaches to eating that can fix your sick metabolism. It is not necessarily your fault that your health is failing, but if you know what can be done, and you do not act, that’s a different story.

If you can’t make a wholesale change, make small incremental changes and stick to them. A transformation will take place that you will not regret.

This is a community that will offer you help if you ask for it.

Leave a comment, and start to change your health for the better.  You will not regret it.

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About Robert Creighton

Dr. Creighton is a podiatrist and foot surgeon with over 26 years in podiatric practice treating thousands of patients afflicted with the physiological, physical, and psychological side effects and complications of diabetes and pre-diabetes metabolic syndrome. He believes these disorders present a pressing public health concern that need to be more actively addressed in a multidisciplinary way. Dr. Creighton graduated from what is now the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine after receiving his undergraduate degree in Biology. He is certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, a member of the American Public Health Association, an American College of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and a Member of the American Nutrition Association.

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