Weight Management

Weight loss and weight maintenance are complex matters, and most people struggle to find success in achieving and keeping their target weight. Failed weight loss and maintenance efforts can most often be attributed to short-term or “quick-fix” approaches to what is now understood to be a chronic condition. To be successful in weight loss and maintenance, it is necessary to shift our understanding of overweight and obesity and apply both short and long-term, lifestyle-based interventions to achieve and maintain weight management goals. Weight loss and maintenance need not seem like such a huge challenge and can readily be achieved with ongoing monitoring and support from your dietitian/nutritionist.

Important Weight Management Concepts

  • Is your environment working for or against your weight loss goals?
  • What is meant by nutrition density, diet quality, and calorie density?
  • What factors impact your metabolism and metabolic rate?
  • Does the calorie balance equation work for everyone?
  • What components of food can promote or inhibit weight loss and management?
  • Does the timing and spacing of meals matter?
  • Cooking, Eating Out, Shopping, and Snacking Tips
  • Key lifestyle factors that affect body weight
  • Many other topics will be covered in your tailor-made educational process.


The Risks of Being Overweight

Weighing more and having more body fat puts you at risk for a variety of diseases and health problems, including. But not limited to:

  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Gallstones
  • Breathing Problems
  • Sleep Problems
  • Certain Types of Cancers

Weight Gain Risk Factors

There are a number of risk factors associated with weight gain, overweight, and obesity. Generally, weight gain and obesity are caused by a combination of:

Genetics – Peoples’ inherited genes affect how their body burns and stores fat, but genetic predisposition to weight gain can usually be overcome with appropriate dietary intervention and healthy lifestyle behaviors.

Family Lifestyle – Upbringing can be a factor in becoming overweight or obese, as many family members have the same eating and exercise habits. An individual who has one or more overweight or obese parents is more likely to become overweight themselves. It is often helpful to assess family behaviors that may need to be adjusted to enable an individual to become successful in weight management.

Inactivity – Physical activity provides an enormous metabolic advantage for weight management that exceeds the usual understanding of “just burning calories”. Individuals who are inactive are more likely to experience problems with appetite control, have a slower metabolic rate, leading to weight gain. A physically active lifestyle offers a number of metabolic benefits that promote maintenance of a healthy weight as well as a reduction in risk for developing a chronic disease such as diabetes, heart disease, or even cancer.

Poor Nutrition & Unhealthy Eating Habits – Eating calorie-dense foods which lack nutrients—such as many fast foods—avoiding fruits of vegetables, skipping meals, excessive snacking, drinking high-calorie, sugar-laden beverages, and eating oversized portions are all contributors to weight gain.

Quitting Smoking – People who smoke tobacco products and who quit smoking are at risk for gaining weight. Nonetheless, the detrimental effects of smoking on health far exceeds the risk of moderate weight gain caused by smoking cessation. It remains prudent to quit smoking in the pursuit of improved overall health. A healthy diet matched with calorie and nutrient requirements as well as increased physical activity can help to prevent weight gain when you stop smoking.

Pregnancy – Metabolic and hormonal changes during pregnancy can contribute to excessive weight gain. Some women find it difficult to lose excess weight after giving birth which can contribute to becoming overweight or even develop into obesity.

Lack of Sleep – Insufficient sleep can cause metabolic and hormonal changes that can lead to increased appetite – often for high-calorie or high-carbohydrate foods. Appetite regulatory problems and dietary changes associated with poor sleep habits can, in turn, contribute to weight gain.

Some Medications – Certain antidepressants, anti-seizure medications, diabetes medications, antipsychotics, steroids, and beta-blockers are known to contribute to problems with appetite regulation as well as weight gain unless taken with a healthy diet and regular exercise.

Age – As people age, hormonal changes, reduced activity levels, and diminishing muscle mass can all lead to a slower metabolism and lower daily energy requirements, promoting weight gain. Age-related changes can be compensated for with increased physical activity and maintaining an adequate nutrient intake through adopting a healthy, balanced diet.

Social and Economic Issues – It is often true that eating a healthy, balanced, whole-food diet can seem to be more expensive than eating a poor quality diet composed of calorie-dense, low-nutrient foods. Also, associating frequently with overweight or obese friends and family members can increase the likelihood of an individual becoming overweight or obese.

Medical Problems – There are many medical problems and conditions which lead to decreased activity levels, promoting weight gain, but there are also certain medical causes of obesity, including Prader-Willi syndrome, Cushing’s, and others.


Medical Nutrition Therapy and Weight Management

Even if you have one or more of the risk factors listed above, your weight can be managed effectively through medical nutritional therapy and lifestyle changes to help lower the risks of weight-related health issues. Anne Till Consulting dietitians/nutritionists are well trained to assess your unique physiology, family history, nutritional requirements, and lifestyle habits, and developing a custom-tailored strategy for making changes to your diet, eating habits, activity levels, and lifestyle to promote long-term success.

This targeted, life-course approach to weight management is based on scientific evidence and the current best-practice guidelines. Losing weight and maintaining your target weight can seem like a huge challenge, but the dietitians and nutritionists at Anne Till Consulting take the guesswork out of healthy eating, exercise, and lifestyle alterations.

Testimonials

Anne impressed me immediately in our first session.  She listened intently and made me feel at ease, explaining what she believed might be my roadblocks.  Finally, someone was listening!

— Barb – Apex, NC, USA

Anne is a wonderful, knowledgeable and passionate speaker. As part of LexisNexis’ employee wellness program and “Heart Health” awareness series in conjunction with the American Heart Association, I asked Anne to speak to my employee community on nutrition and health. Anne provided an engaging conversation on top tips for sustained health, informing my team on […]

— Jesse A., VP and Managing Director – LexisNexis

I live every day with a healthier body because of what I’ve learned from Anne Till over the past year. I now have a solid understanding of what happens to my overall performance when I put the right types of food in my body. Physiologically I had no idea what happened when I put sugar […]

— Patricia H. – Durham, NC

Two years ago, I was at my highest weight, 185 lbs. I was feeling tired all the time so I had an examination by my primary doctor. After the exam, I was told that I was pre-diabetic and needed to make an appointment with dietitian and nutritionist Anne Till. Immediately, Mrs. Till started to educate […]

— Shanequia H. – Cary, NC

Prior to meeting Anne, I thought I knew everything I should be doing in order to lose weight. I have been running for about 10 years, and knew that in order to lose weight, I should be taking in less calories than I expend. After working with Anne for about 7 months, she has taught […]

— KPG – Cary, NC

I have worked with Anne for almost two years now and I am so thrilled I found her! Anne took the time to get to know me, my health history, goals and lifestyle before she helped create a realistic plan for me to follow. She is realistic and practical with her guidance and suggestions concerning […]

— Jean J. – Cary, NC

I began going to Anne Till a year ago to help me with my food choices. I have always tried to eat healthier – especially in the last few years of losing weight. However, I came to a standstill and actually began to gain back some of what I had originally lost. With Anne’s teaching […]

— Kellie F. – Cary, NC

Anne Till has made a huge difference in my weight loss goals and my overall health. Her guidance and knowledge of nutrition gave me the edge I needed to take control of my weight loss plan and life style changes. I am now on my way to a new ME thanks to Anne!!!My weight loss […]

— Steve F. – Cary, NC

I started my plan with Anne in the second half of 2016 after I realized that I was lacking in energy and my health was deteriorating which was affecting my daily activities at work, my training sessions and my sleeping habits. My goal was to become a healthier person, and Anne helped me understand the […]

— Mr. Gabriel L. – Durham, NC

I can’t even begin to describe how incredible it was working with Anne. She is an expert in her field with a deep understanding of the pathophysiology of chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. On the first day, Anne took my wife and me through a slideshow explaining how foods have a tremendous […]

— Dr. Neil C. & Dr. Bhavini P. – Atlanta, GA

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