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Why You Can’t Lose Weight

Posted on October 17, 2019 in Bariatrics

You’ve tried every diet you can think of and every type of exercise you’re capable of. You’re tired of deprivation and exhaustion and you’re ready to give up.

Perhaps the worst part of failed attempts at weight loss is the beating your self-esteem takes. It’s no longer just about the extra pounds you’re carrying. It’s about feeling powerless to control them.

If that sounds about right, it may be time to schedule an appointment with Fort Sanders Regional Weight Management and Nutrition Center. The center works hand in hand with Fort Sanders Center for Bariatric Surgery.

Together, the two centers offer medically supervised weight loss plans that work.

“Non-surgical weight management is for those who may not be a candidate for weight loss surgery,” says certified bariatric nurse practitioner Dana Webber, “or for those who are not certain surgery is the direction they want to go.”

Instead of ordering a one-size-fits-all diet, Webber takes time to listen and learn about each patient’s diet history and challenges.

“Each person that comes to the clinic will have a different story,” Webber says, “that’s why an individualized approach is important.”

What’s the Hold Up?

Leptin and grehlin are hormones that regulate hunger in the body. Grehlin makes you hungry while leptin keeps you from wanting to eat too much.

These hormones are designed to try to keep the body consistent by balancing each other out until there is a noticeable change in the amount of energy coming in and going out of the body.

It’s the kind of reaction that can easily happen when starting a new diet. Leptin and grehlin shift gears and get to work keeping your weight where your body thinks it’s supposed to be, instead of where you want it to be.

This is why gradual weight loss works best and lasts longer, says Webber. Her goal is to help each patient develop long term habits that can be maintained for a lifetime, not just until the scale gets to a certain number. “I begin educating on a healthier lifestyle and providing education and the tools to help patients be successful,” Webber says. “We have to teach that this is forever.”

Because weight loss and nutrition are so closely tied to health, many insurance companies cover the services at Fort Sanders Weight Management and Nutrition Center. Webber says if you’re interested in making a lifestyle change that could lead to permanent weight loss, it’s a good idea to ask your insurer about medically supervised obesity counseling.

Surgical Options

The Fort Sanders Center for Bariatric Surgery offers surgical weight loss options for patients who have a BMI of more than 35 and have more than one weight-related complication such as diabetes. The center is accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement. It is led by Mark Colquitt, MD and Jonathan Ray, MD. Both are board-certified surgeons who have helped more than 3,000 patients lose close to 300,000 pounds.

For more information about bariatric surgery or to register for a free seminar, call (865) 541-4500.