Your metabolism is a collection of all the small chemical reactions taking place in your body that work to keep you alive. These reactions are fueled by burning up the calories that exist in all the food you eat. If you eat more calories than you need to power these reactions, the excess food energy will be stored as fat. Each person’s metabolism is different, just like every person is different. Throughout July we’ll be exploring the different ways metabolisms work, and how understanding your own metabolism can help you become healthier.
We’ve all been there – we have started a diet, lost the weight, only to regain the weight a few weeks or months later. This weight gain cycle, while frustrating, is also very common, and leaves us wondering, how do we break this cycle? In today’s blog post, Osama Hamdy, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Obesity Program at Joslin Diabetes Center, presents a solution to this problem with Joslin’s Why WAIT program. This program is a 12-week multidisciplinary program for weight control and intensive diabetes management that is offered to those with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and uses a unique approach to help people lose the weight and more importantly, keep the weight off.