The time-honored tradition of setting New Year’s resolutions is often futile, especially when it comes to weight loss. More people resolve to lose weight than any other goal they set for themselves. They start off with good intentions but, sadly, days or weeks into January that resolution is abandoned.

Most people fail in their attempts at weight loss, regardless of the time of year. It’s not easy to lose weight, according to Dr. Luiza Petre, M.D., of Medi-Weightloss Program. Weight loss is a commitment, as is the maintenance required after achieving a goal weight, she said.

 “You have to look at it as a lifestyle change and as something you have to work every day on or it’s not going to work,” said Petre, a board-certified cardiologist and nutritional expert who often appears on national news shows to share her knowledge.

“Most people think weight loss is about restriction and cutting calories, but that’s the wrong approach. When you restrict or deprive yourself you rebound, and you don’t lose fat. You start losing water or muscle mass,” she said. That’s a danger for those who try to lose weight without guidance. The possibility of nutrient deficiency can make it even more complicated.

The Medi-Weightloss Program provides a physician-supervised and clinically-proven approach that helps clients achieve and maintain a healthy weight. “The role of the medically supervised program is to do a medical clearance on everyone. We base our programs on a full medical evaluation,” Petre said, pointing out that some clients may have an underlying medical issue that could contribute to their weight gain, such as a sluggish thyroid.

After completing medical tests and conducting an in-depth consultation with each patient, the medical staff of Medi-Weightloss Program creates an individualized and comprehensive plan for each patient. The program reduces hunger, boosts energy, eliminates cravings, and burns fat faster.

“We approach weight loss from a very individual basis. Not everyone gains weight for the same reason. Weight loss is multi-factorial,” she said. There are social, environmental, family and friends, emotional and other factors.

“Our principle is to base weight loss on education and eating real food, and implementing new habits in someone’s life. It’s more like behavior modification,” she said, indicating that unless a person learns about nutrition and creates new patterns of eating they are likely to return to old habits. Therefore, any weight loss they experienced will be unsustainable. Petre said 90-percent of people who lose weight without medical guidance, support and behavior modification gain back more weight than they intended to lose.

Some weight loss programs only provide a Band Aid, giving their clients specific shakes or meals to consume or suggesting replacement foods. They don’t get to the root cause, Petre said. By comparison, “We create real life solutions,” Petre said, adding the program helps people buy their own food, order food in a restaurant, and works with clients in real life scenarios.

New Year’s or not, Petre said everyone should resolve to maintain a healthy weight, which can serve as a preventive medicine. Overweight and obesity can impact overall health. Losing weight can reduce the risk of developing many health conditions including heart disease, said Petre, who also serves as Assistant Clinical Professor of Cardiology at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

To learn more about the Medi-Weightloss Program contact:

West Hartford (860) 213 8365

Oxford and Trumbull (203) 318-6606