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Be Honest with Yourself for a Healthy Weight

Honesty is the best policy. We've all heard that expression and it is true, especially when it comes to losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight. We need to be honest with ourselves and make personal accountability a high priority. At Your New Self Weight Loss we want to guide you into how to honestly lose weight.  

Dr. Wood Honesty in Weight Loss

No physician, nurse or dietitian can be with you 24 hours a day to monitor or advise you on what you should be eating or how much you should be exercising. You need to be accountable to yourself, to monitor your own behavior and to coach yourself when you realize you can do better. That's how to honestly lose weight. It requires complete honesty with yourself. 

Are you really keeping track of everything you eat? Or are a few extra treats and snacks slipping by without accountability? I hear many excuses when patients don’t meet their weight loss goals. “I really don’t eat that much.” “I’m gaining weight because my knees are bad and I can’t exercise.” “I’m gaining weight because I couldn’t get an appointment to see the dietitian.” “I am doing everything I was told to do, but the operation is just not working for me!” Really? Are you being honest with yourself? Have you exhausted all forms of exercise that can be performed with little running or stress on your knees? Or are you making excuses for why you can't meet your exercise goals? Be honest with yourself. 

It's easy to find excuses for not losing weight. Sometimes your knees really do hurt too much to exercise. Maybe you really dislike the taste of a certain food or supplement that we've recommended. These may be genuine challenges, but if you are honest with yourself you'll see there are always alternatives. If you want to know how to honestly lose weight, don't allow yourself to exaggerate your challenges and turn minor obstacles into excuses for failure.

 It comes down to respect. Do you respect yourself enough to be completely honest with yourself?  I respect you and your desire to maintain a healthy weight, which is why I'll always be honest with you and encourage you to continue on your journey to a healthy life.

Maybe you’ve had gastric bypass, Lap-Band or another form of weight loss surgery. Maybe you are just considering it. Or perhaps you are interested in non-surgical weight loss. This publication is for you. To learn more call us at 877.362.9898 or visit our ‘Life After Surgery’ page.

Yours in good health,

Michael H. Wood, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Medical Director, Harper Bariatric Medicine Institute 
Clinical Professor of Surgery, Wayne State University

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About your new self at Detroit Center in Michigan

Detroit Medical Center is the premier provider of weight loss surgery in Michigan and the Great Lakes Region. DMC operates offices in the Madison Heights and Southfield areas of Detroit, Michigan, and serves other areas including Ypsilanti, Saginaw, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint, Livonia, Monroe, Lansing, Dearborn, Novi and Troy. Your New Self also serves Canadian bariatric patients as a preferred provider for the Ontario Ministry of Health.

Your New Self at Detroit Medical Center boasts four expert bariatric surgeons who specialize in LAP-BAND®, REALIZE® Band, Sleeve Gastrectomy, and Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass bariatric surgeries.

Patients interested in weight loss surgery should sign up for a free informational seminar to learn more about their surgical options and get started today.