A leading GP (general practioner – primary care doctor) estimated that up to 80% of his patients had conditions linked to lifestyle and diet but medical students say they currently learn almost nothing about the way diet and lifestyle affect health. Lifestyle and diet conditions include obesity, type 2 diabetes and depression.
Looking at the mainstream obesity prevention advice is the old advice about eating more fruits and vegetables.
This does not get into how to effect meaningful change in lifestyle and habits.
There are now medically supervised meal replacement programs.
Unlike commercial diet plans that you follow on your own, super-strict diets require medical monitoring.
Bon Secours uses a New Directions program designed for medical providers. “It’s 800 calories a day and under 50 grams of carbohydrates a day,” Snider says. “The typical American diet is 450 grams of carbohydrates a day.”
Patients have four options: shakes, puddings, bars or soups. “There’s a lot of good evidence in the literature that if you take choice away from people, it’s a lot easier to adhere to a program,” Snider says. “Because it’s not like, ‘what flavor pizza do I have tonight?’ It’s, ‘Pizza’s off the menu.’ So it helps them make that decision.”
Very low-carb diets can result in a process called ketosis. Ketosis occurs when your body breaks down stored fat, causing ketones to build up in your body. Side effects from ketosis include nausea, headache and fatigue.
Average weight loss in the Bon Secours program is about 2 to 4 pounds a week.
What really works best for long-term weight control is a behavioral program to address unhealthy eating habits.
There are several books which indicate advances in how change habits and lifestyle