Obesity is on the rise in Bermuda. The country’s obesity rate increased in recent years, with over 24% of adults suffering from it compared to the average obesity rate of 18% in OECD countries. This situation has led the government to establish national policies to curb obesity and encourage citizens to live healthier lifestyles.
This article highlights the dangers of obesity and the three best options for safe weight loss in Bermuda to reduce its risks.
Obesity: What Is It and The Risks It Poses
Overweight or obesity refers to abnormal or excessive fat accumulation detrimental to health. An overweight person has a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 25, and a person with a BMI over 30 is obese. You can calculate your BMI using this Adult BMI Calculator.
Obesity extends beyond issues of body image. The effects of obesity can be devastating to one’s quality of life, causing depression, social isolation, disability, and decreased performance at work. It may also limit their ability to participate in enjoyable activities, such as playing sports. Those who are obese can even experience prejudice.
More than that, individuals with this condition are at greater risk of developing many serious illnesses and conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure, digestive problems, gynecological problems, premature death, and some forms of cancer.
Note: BMI is a screening tool, but it does not diagnose health conditions in individuals. A trained healthcare provider needs to do an appropriate assessment to evaluate an individual’s health status and risks. Consult your healthcare provider if you have questions about your BMI.
What Makes It So Hard to Lose Weight
Some people lose weight simply by cutting calories and exercising. However, for some, it might be more difficult. We understand how difficult it can be to lose weight, especially when you’ve tried your best to shed those extra pounds. Despite best efforts, it can feel discouraging sometimes.
While it’s easy to blame yourself or believe that you aren’t trying hard enough, everyone’s body is unique. Some individuals have a more difficult time losing weight than others due to various factors given below.
A sedentary lifestyle means you likely consume more calories daily than you burn through exercise and other routine daily activities. An unhealthy diet high in fat, high in carbohydrates, and high in sugar will increase weight gain. In addition, sleep deprivation is also one of the strongest risk factors for obesity.
Age and Metabolism
Weight gain is possible at any age, even in young children. Overweight and obesity risk increase as we age and hormonal changes take place. Furthermore, as you age, your muscle mass decreases. A lower muscle mass means a lower metabolism.
When you have hormonal imbalances like PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), it is more challenging to shed weight. Symptoms might include acne, excessive facial hair, irregular menstrual cycles, hair thinning, and pregnancy problems.
Weight loss can also be difficult when you have conditions such as hypothyroidism, sleep apnea, and Cushing’s Syndrome. In some cases, medications can lead to weight gain if you fail to counteract them with exercise and a healthy diet. Among these medications are antidepressants, seizure medications, antipsychotic medications, and steroids.
The Best Weight Loss Treatment Options in Bermuda
Managing weight loss under the supervision and guidance of a medical team is your best option. At PHWC Bermuda, we provide comprehensive medically supervised weight loss programs that ensure success with every weight loss journey.
As part of our commitment to long-term success, we provide nutritional and dietary counseling, exercise plans, and behavioral interventions to help our patients maintain their weight loss. Below you can find our weight-loss treatment options:
Keto/Ketogenic Diet Plan
Keto refers to a diet that is low in carbs, high in fat. Compared to other diets, it can burn more fat faster. Those who adhere strictly to the keto diet will see improvement in their weight loss, cognitive function, inflammation reduction, and blood sugar level. In this weight-loss treatment option, our experienced medical providers monitor patients’ ketone levels and food intake.
Food recommendations, meal planning support, and ketosis monitoring will be part of the program to decrease body weight effectively. Our medical team will help you boost your keto meal plan’s effectiveness through in-depth support and medical clarity.
Plant-based Whole Food Weight Management Program
Our Plant-based Whole Foods Weight Management program provides you with a diet plan that will help you lose weight, manage and prevent chronic disease, and improve your health by eating nutrient-dense, minimally processed foods.
Among these are vegan and vegetarian diets, where we’ll help you replace animal products with more nutritious whole foods like legumes, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds.
Additionally, it will help you eliminate refined foods, processed oils, and white flour from your diet.
In plant-based nutrition, the right amount of macronutrients (proteins, good fats, carbohydrates) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals) are of utmost importance. With this program, you are encouraged to take in healthy foods and shed unwanted pounds so that you can live a healthier life!
Roadmap Diet Plan
Our popular Roadmap program offers a 12-week weight loss plan based on a multidisciplinary approach to weight loss that includes medical supervision, meal plans tailored for each individual, wellness app syncing, and other benefits. In contrast to fad diets, where patients quickly regain weight, patients following this plan are more likely to sustain their weight loss over the long haul.
The first step of your treatment is an in-depth consultation with our medical team to determine the nature of your concern and the outcome you are looking for. During your examination, your medical history and current medications will be assessed, along with any pre-existing conditions that could affect your treatment. Before starting any treatment, your doctor will provide a detailed explanation of your recommended treatment plan.
Get Started with Your Weight Loss Program Today
Weight loss treatment options led by a medical team help you lose weight safely and effectively while fostering a nurturing environment that promotes healthy habits and manages all your weight-related health concerns.
Premier Health & Wellness Center provides complete and comprehensive care to patients in Bermuda. Every one of our patients is treated with utmost guidance and attention so that their weight loss journeys are safe and effective. Start your journey to a healthy lifestyle by booking a consultation with us or by calling us at 441-292-5111 .with us or by calling us at 441-292-5111 .