A doctor explains the biggest obstacles to losing weight

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A growing body of research is showing that there are links between short- and long-term weight loss and genetics, but there are things we can all control. To find out exactly what might be getting in the way of our goals—and what we can do about it—we sat down with PersonaLabs board-certified physician and medical director, Dr. Edward Salko, spoken.

time restrictions

“One obstacle standing in the way of weight loss is the ability to prepare healthy meals. Research has shown that meal planning makes relevant contributions to weight loss and obesity prevention. Some don’t have time to prepare their meals due to scheduling conflicts, so they rely on convenience foods that are usually packed with excessive amounts of sugar, salt, and fat.

To overcome this obstacle, you can stack your meals, also known as meal prep. Let’s say you dedicated your entire Saturday to shopping and meal planning. Consider preparing your meal for the week on the same day. Then assign and store them in batches to minimize actual prep time for the day.”

Money

“Healthy foods can be more expensive than their unhealthy counterparts. Several studies support this truth, as the prices of healthier meals have been compared to traditional foods, taking into account calories and portion.

However, finding budget-friendly options is possible. Elaine Magee, a nutritionist and WebMD contributor, listed healthy foods that cost less than $2. It includes brown rice, multigrain pasta, whole wheat bread, oatmeal, fat-free Greek yogurt, frozen vegetables, and dried lentils.

Poor internet connectivity and a lack of universal access to technology were among the technical barriers, according to the National Library of Medicine. It’s also important to understand that most online lab tests still require visiting a partner lab rather than doing them yourself at home. This is because most of these tests still need professional support and moderation.”

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motivation

“While the results of weight-loss efforts are appealing, it’s the imperative changes in weight-loss-related behavior that discourage people from beginning or ending an elaborate plan. As a result, lifestyle interventions are avoided, since the changes require not only physical exertion but also mental strength.

Tracking your progress is a great way to see your evolution, which can induce feelings of pride by releasing dopamine in the brain. This feeling of victory will motivate you. Finding a community can also remind you of your goals, recognize your efforts, and see your progress firsthand.”

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