Common Struggles for First-Time Weight Loss and How to Overcome Them

1. They Get Discouraged Too Soon

According to Dr. Jan McBarron, your body doesn’t want to shed pounds. “When you try to lose weight, your body fights back. Even though your body will be better off if you lose weight, it still treats it as a loss, and loss can be scary.”

2. They Don’t Know Where Their Calories Come From

A big rookie mistake when starting a weight loss journey is not tracking what you’re eating, explains Dr. Jan McBarron. Many people have come to believe that counting calories doesn’t work, so they don’t do it. And it’s true that focusing solely on caloric intake isn’t enough for most people to lose weight. But it’s part of the process and shouldn’t be overlooked.

3. They Regain the Weight They Lose

When you do finally start seeing the numbers on the scale go down, it feels like a time to celebrate. People gain confidence in their ability to lose weight and feel like they can cheat on their diet without upsetting the apple cart too much.

How to Fight Back Against First-Time Weight Loss Struggles

No one is immune to the struggles of first-time weight loss, but Dr. Jan McBarron believes that the journey is easier with the support and guidance of a physician. “The weight loss industry is overwhelming and money hungry, and leads people down a path of least resistance, even when it doesn’t work,” she says. “The best way to set realistic goals and tailor a plan to keep the weight off is by tuning out the advertisements and seeking competent medical advice.”

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Dr. Jan McBarron of Duke and the Doctor is an award winning Bariatric Medical Doctor, author and popular public speaker.

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Dr. Jan McBarron

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Dr. Jan McBarron of Duke and the Doctor is an award winning Bariatric Medical Doctor, author and popular public speaker.