OVERWEIGHT AND METABOLIC DISORDER
Being overweight is the most common trigger for diabetes and heart disease. The best way to determine your ideal weight is with the Body Mass Index and the abdominal circumference. Knowing the complexity of the problem of overweight, we prefer a multi-pronged approach. Due to time constraints, we cannot provide comprehensive nutritional advice, but only give important hints and key points on your individual problems.
During the first consultation about your eating behaviour, we will shed light on fattening, unhealthy habits and advise you to change your diet yourself towards a healthy, balanced, vitamin-rich diet with a low glycaemic index (a measure of the fast or slow metabolism of carbohydrates). In the anamnesis, we record your weight development, your eating behaviour, behavioural errors (snacking, binge eating, frustration eating, eating as a substitute, etc.) and your previous dietary measures. A rough diet protocol can be helpful in the discussion. After the laboratory examination with determination of the relevant metabolic values and a physical examination, the counselling interview follows. The contents are nutrition tips or a referral to nutrition counselling by an ecotrophologist or dietician, questions about adequate physical activity, the use of possible medication and information about mental measures/behavioural therapy for permanent behavioural change.
Our goal of treatment is to achieve realistic targets. For example, achieving a normal weight is desirable for the overweight person, but usually not feasible. Even a weight loss of 10% of the initial weight is associated with a significant reduction in concomitant disease risks - every kilo counts. A small and continuous weight loss of one to two kilograms per month is more promising in the long run than a rapid weight loss in a short time, which is usually followed by a yoyo effect.
The knowledge of the above-mentioned circumstances increases the chances of success of a weight reduction and this success is motivation. The therapy goal is not to return to the ideal weight, but to maintain a reduced body weight in the long term.