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How do you lose weight?

How do you lose weight?

POSTED ON: 18th April 2019

We offer a medically led weight loss program, but before you even consider losing weight it is imperative to understand why you put on weight and how you lose it in a scientific context.
Let’s look into the scientific way your body uses up your fat reserves, maintains your muscle mass and avoids damaging your metabolism so you can lose weight, long term.

WHY AM I FAT?

We store fat for survival. It is a purely evolutional thing and it is actually a magical thing. Without the ability to store energy as fat, we would not have survived evolutionally. In a nutshell, storing fat has helped the human body to survive over 200,000 years.

So, while we obviously have a different way of life now, storing fat has been our friend and it makes sense for our bodies to store fat in this way.
That being said, as the risk of famine and crisis is not as prevalent as it was before, the accumulation of excessive amounts of body fat has led to an increased risk of chronic disease. Jobs and lifestyle are not as manual, travel is easier than ever for the majority of people and the influx of pre-made foods laden with hidden fat and sugars have led to a crisis. Many people in the developed world are now considered overweight, obese and even morbidly obese due to the abundance of food and sedentary lifestyle which has created an imbalance of input and output of calories.

HOW DO I BURN FAT?

To burn fat your body has to go through some complex steps to achieve ‘ketosis’ – a state of using fat deposits to power your body. You must trigger fat to be released from fat cells by creating a calorie deficit (input) to sustain your energy (output). This is a fine balancing act as too few calories can cause muscle burn to supply the missing sugars and protein from the diet. This ultimately will reduce your metabolic rate and cause long term weight gain when finishing the diet.

HOW DOES MY BODY BURN FAT?

When you create a calorie deficit, your body needs energy to power it. Two enzymes are released (hormone sensitive lipase and adipose glyceride lipase) which breaks down the triglyceride in the fat cells to help fuel key functions such as the heart or muscle function. This process is call lipolysis.
This loss of tryglycerides from the fat cells cause the fat cells to shrink. Although, it is worth noting you can never destroy these fat cells unless you kill them entirely through Cryolipolysis (CoolSculpting) or Ultra Sound.

WHAT IS KETOSIS?

Ketosis occurs when the body has insufficient access to glucose which is its primary food source. This can only be achieved through a low carb and low sugar diet which causes your insulin and blood sugar levels to drop which is amazing for those which type 2 diabetes. When your body is in Ketosis, it converts fat stores into energy and thereby releases ketones in the process.

The term keto and ketosis is thrown around a lot in the diet world. It is seen as a miracle cure for weight loss, however, it is a delicate scientific process which requires a medical professional to monitor. What makes a keto diet so different is that it targets your fat deposits much more effectively as it has such low glucose levels. In a normal calorie deficit diet, there is still glucose to use, so less fat is targeted.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF KETOSIS?

By turning fat into ketones in the liver this can help supply energy for the brain, increase mental clarity and cognition and improve your physical energy. With a decrease of consumption of carbohydrates, there is a decrease in appetite stimulating hormones such as insulin and ghrelin meaning you experience less hunger. This also steadies your blood sugar levels and diminishes your sugar lows and lethargy.

WHY SHOULD YOU BE MONITORED BY A DOCTOR WHEN IN KETOSIS?

When on any diet you are affecting the chemical balance of your body. Increases of protein can cause an increase of ammonia production which can take a toll on your kidneys. You need to make sure your minerals such as potassium, calcium and salt are in a safe range otherwise there can be a significant risk on your heart and bones as well as overall well-being.

WHAT IS OUR WEIGHT LOSS PLAN?

Our medically led weight loss plan combines state of the art, market leading and FDA approved technology including Radio Frequency to tighten the skin and Ultrasound to destroy stubborn fat cells. When combined with a low calorie, high protein and low carb and sugar diet this creates an incredible weight loss plan which can help you lose over 1 stone per month (1.5 for men!) We have helped patients lose hundreds of kg’s over the years; one of whom lost over 12 stone!

You are monitored by Dr Rekha Tailor closely, with monthly blood tests. You have a weekly meeting with your weight loss specialist where you can discuss anything and everything, keeping the program tailored to your life and week ahead and have your treatment to target fat and tighten skin.

To learn more about our medically led weight loss plan, click here, or click here to contact us for more information.

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