Happy New Year from Provost Bariatrics!

Did you make any resolutions? Studies show that about 150 million Americans make a new year’s resolution. Only 8% of them end up ‘succeeding’ in this effort, with 25% of people saying that they didn’t even stick with their resolution for one week into January. The resolution to lose weight is always one of the most frequently cited commitments for the new year.

If you’ve tried to lose weight in the past, you know it is more difficult than many imagine. And it’s not just losing the weight. Keeping off lost weight is often an even more difficult goal than losing it in the first place. Although some people consider lack of willpower to be the reason for not losing weight, that’s a hurtful and incorrect oversimplification of an issue that few truly understand. At Provost Bariatrics, we are dedicated to studying obesity, its health impacts, and most importantly how to overcome it.

A new study indicates that genetics play a substantial role in our body types and ability to lose weight and keep it off. According to work done by the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, and other groups, “studies have identified 150 genetic variants tied to body mass index (BMI), waist circumferences or obesity risk.” The issue is complex. With scientists still working to understand all the factors of obesity, treating it is the next mission. According to the group, “researchers have made tremendous strides in our understanding of what drives eating behavior, how fat cells are formed and how metabolism is altered prior to and after the onset of obesity.” This research helps us understand how to best work with our patients. Weight loss experts like Dr. Provost and his team have spent decades working with people who are obese or overweight. They understand the factors leading to weight gain better than even many healthcare professionals and work with each patient in compassionate and success-driven way.

If you would like to speak with us about losing weight and managing the health complications related to obesity, please call us at 254-724-2397.

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