Managing Plateaus and Regain
If you’re regaining weight your first step is to call Dr. Yadegar for an appointment. It is important for him to determine if the weight gain is due to an anatomical issue, a medical condition, or a behavioral matter. A food and exercise journal can assist Dr. Yadegar in this determination. Many patients utilize calorie-counting and fitness apps for their food journals. Most apps and on-line services allow for data to be exported to an excel file.
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Otherwise patients are asked to bring their written journals with them. Include this information for a minimum of seven days:
Log the time and exactly what you eat for each meal and snack.
Log your level of hunger on the 10 – 1 scale.
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Example: Wednesday, October 2
6 a.m. Exercise: 20 minutes brisk walking
7 a.m. Breakfast, Hunger level: 2
½ toasted English muffin with 1 tsp peanut butter and 1 tsp reduced sugar grape jam
2 poached eggs 1 cup of coffee with 2 Tbsp Vanilla coffee creamer
9 a.m. 1 bottle of water
10 a.m. Snack, Hunger level: 4
1 Caramel Nut, Nature Valley Protein Granola bar
10:30 a.m. 1 bottle of water
It is also important to tell Dr. Yadegar if you are having any stomach pain, heartburn, or reflux. Be specific with the dates and times of occurrences. Tell him if you’re taking new medicine or if any doses have changed with your current medications. Tell him how much sleep you’re getting each night and if you’re having and difficulties sleeping.
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Let him know if there are situations in your personal or work life that have been causing you stress. Very often, stressful life situations can take patients off-track. With help and education, most patients can get back on track and remain successful.