Weight Gain and Habits
Let's face it. Weight loss isn't easy.
As human beings, we are "programmed" to gain weight, not to lose it. Any program, even ours, isn't going to change that.
While Dr Edman feels that medications, in general, should be used only when absolutely necessary, his experience in helping people to lose weight has shown him the great value in certain medications for weight loss. The true challenge is how to use them properly. What every patient who struggles with weight needs to do is to change his or her lifestyle choices that has led to excessive weight gain. These lifestyle choices have become habits. Remember the Doobie Brothers album title - "What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits"? Overeating, under-exercising, and living stressful lives were once just vices. But now they are firmly fixed in our brains as habits. Research into habits has shown it takes three to six months to make or break a habit. Smoking cessation is a great example of this. Once smokers have stopped for over three months, they are more than twice as likely to become ex-smokers when compared to those who have quit for less than three months.
Breaking Habits to Lose Weight
We designed and administer our weight loss programs with this "habit" principle in mind. Our goals for you are not only to lose the desired weight, but also to change your habits so that you don't ever need to struggle with weight loss again. It is truly important to us that you never come back for weight loss.
With that said, we also recognize that there are "life changes" causing weight gain that have nothing to do with bad habits. These are almost always hormonal changes. While both men and women experience a generalized decrease in hormone levels as they age, women can be particularly challenged by the rapid swings in hormone levels around menopause. Fortunately, Dr Edman's expertise in hormone replacement provides an important "back up plan" whenever he suspects that hormone disturbances may be contributing to weight gain.
Weight loss is a team effort
Weight loss is a collaboration between the client and the provider.We must both approach this as a potential win. It is good for us if you are successful and great for you, BUT both of us must put in the effort to "get you there".