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Why You Are the Weight You Are?

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Why You Are the Weight You Are?

Weight–it's a topic that's often fraught with confusion, frustration, and maybe even a little self-doubt. Every day, we're bombarded with messages about what we should eat, how we should move, and what our bodies should look like. But amidst all the noise, it's important to remember every person is different. And what works for your bestie, an Instagram influencer, or even your sibling may not work for you.

The truth is your body’s ability to maintain a certain weight is influenced by a myriad of factors that extend far beyond mere calorie counting and exercise routines.

Genetics and Family History

You know how they say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree? Well, sometimes that applies to weight, too. Your genes play a role in deciding things like metabolism and how your body handles food. But don't panic – you're not doomed to follow in Aunt Betty's footsteps entirely. You've got some say in the matter too.

“While we inherit certain genetic predispositions related to metabolism, body composition, and appetite regulation, it's essential to recognize that genes are not destiny,” said Katie Hanisee, MD, FACS, FASMBS, a fellowship-trained bariatric surgeon and medical director of the Archbold Bariatric Surgery and Weight Loss Program.

“While some individuals may have a genetic propensity towards higher or lower body weights, lifestyle choices, and environmental factors can modulate these genetic influences to a certain extent,” says Dr. Hanisee. “Simply understanding your genetic background can provide valuable insights into potential challenges you may face in managing your weight.”

Lifestyle Choices: Small Tweaks, Big Wins

Now onto lifestyle choices – the everyday stuff that can make a big difference. We're talking about what you eat and how you move. Think swapping out the drive-thru for a homemade meal or taking a stroll around the block instead of another Netflix binge. It's the little changes that add up to big results.

The Mind-Body Connection: Stress and Emotions

Stress eating, anyone? Yeah, we've all been there. But understanding how your mind and body are connected can help you tackle those emotional eating habits head-on.

According to Dr. Hanisee, developing coping strategies for managing stress, such as mindfulness meditation, yoga, or seeking support from a therapist, can help mitigate emotional triggers for overeating.

“Emotional eating, driven by stress, boredom, or negative emotions, can sabotage even the most diligent efforts to maintain a healthy weight,” advises Dr. Hanisse. “Additionally, cultivating a positive body image and practicing self-compassion are important aspects of fostering a healthy relationship with food and body.”

Hormonal Imbalances and Medical Conditions

Hormonal imbalances and underlying medical conditions, such as PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) or hypothyroidism, can contribute to weight gain or difficulty in losing weight. Addressing these health issues through medical intervention, lifestyle modifications, and targeted treatment strategies is essential for effective weight management.

Dr. Hanisee recommends working closely with healthcare professionals, including physicians and registered dietitians, who can help individuals develop personalized approaches to manage these conditions and optimize overall health.

Finding Your Balance Beyond Weight

Weight management can feel like a puzzle with missing pieces, leaving us scratching our heads and searching for answers. But it’s important to remember your weight is just one part of who you are. What works for one person may not work for everyone, and that's okay—because you are uniquely you. Don’t forget to embrace your uniqueness, celebrate your victories (no matter how small), and be kind to yourself along the way. Stay positive. You’ve got this!

If you are struggling with weight loss, the team at Archbold Bariatric Surgery and Weight Management is here to help. Give us a call at 229.226.8881 to schedule a consultation.