1. Genetics do play a big role in obesity, but your genes aren’t your weight destiny. Changing your lifestyle can promote just as much weight loss as the medications used for this purpose today.
2. Reducing your calorie intake can help you lose weight, but trying to go on a specific “diet” doesn’t work well in the long term —it’s the calorie reduction that counts.
3. Exercise makes you healthier, no matter how much you weigh or whether you lose weight.
4. You can’t go on a diet, lose weight, and go back to your old habits. You have to maintain changes to maintain your weight loss.
5. Greater structuring of your meals and use of meal-replacement products promotes more weight loss than simply attempting moderation.
6. Some medications can help you lose a substantial amount of weight and keep it off, but only as long as you take the medication.
7. Weight loss surgery, if it’s right for you, can result in long-term weight loss and keep diabetes and more dire consequences of obesity at bay.
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JoAnn V. Pinkerton, MD, NCMP