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How can I lose weight?

Dr. Birendra Bhattari

Ninety percent of my patients ask “What can I do to lose weight?” 

A lot of people want to lose weight, but they don’t want to do a lot. They don’t want to put in the work; they want an easy fix. 

Forty to fifty percent of our population is now obese, and many of them are morbidly obese. Obesity brings other problems: High blood pressure, cholesterol issues, diabetes. If you have a family history of type 2 diabetes, and if you are obese, then most likely you will be diabetic too. 

Nobody wants to be obese. 

In researching obesity, I found food addiction is almost seven to ten times stronger than a heroin addict has for heroin. 

The number one reason for obesity is people’s lifestyle is more sedentary; the second major cause is too much processed foods with high calories. 

To lose weight, 70 percent involves diet and 30 percent is exercise.  

You have to watch what you are eating. You have to be in charge of yourself.

You have to have the motivation, and stick to a balance diet plan. Do not go fast, go slow and steady. 

Gastric bypass is not a solution, because if you do not watch what you are eating, then your stomach can stretch out and you can be the same or weigh more than what you were before. I give patients an ultimatum. I tell some of my diabetic patients if they lose another 50 pounds, I will try to get you off your medications. In the past when bloodwork numbers increased, I used to adjust the medication. Nowadays what I am doing, at least for three to six months, I am telling patients, “You go back home and start working on your weight. If you can lose 20 to 30 pounds, we might be able to cut down the dose rather than increasing it. I’m putting the ball in your court. Are you ready?”

I have seen a lot of very encouraging results. Some of the patients are very excited about it because they don’t like taking pills. 

Write down on paper everything you are eating. For exercise, go out for walk 30 minutes five days a week. Losing weight makes you feel good. It gives you energy, and it can make a night and day difference in your health.

For more Information

Dr. Birendra Bhattari, internist, and affiliate physician of Aegis Medical Group

Medical office: Lakeview Healthcare System

18550 U.S. Highway 441

Mount Dora, FL. 32757


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