MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER | Joseph A. Rotella MD, DC
As a primary care physician for over 15 years, I quickly realized that most chronic diseases could be prevented with lifestyle changes, proper nutrition, exercise, and proper sleep. As I left the office early one evening, I caught myself staring at articles piling up on my desk regarding the rise of obesity, diabetes, and other chronic conditions.
Frustrated, I went on a long run and couldn’t help but ask myself repetitively , “where are we failing our patients?” We are either asking the wrong questions or sending the wrong message.
A light bulb within gave me the realization that when we tell patients to “lose weight”, we are sending misconstrued and unrealistic expectations. Physician’s words are powerful, and informing a patient they need to “be thinner”, can translate into a negative emotional state; which, in turn, triggers patients eating less, restricting calories, malnutrition, and feeling helpless. Some people lose weight along with precious muscle. In doing so, muscle loss/decreased caloric intake results in fatigue, loss of strength and deterioration of bone mass. This vicious cycle leads to rebound weight gain with less muscle compounding the problem.
What if we motivated our patients to Build muscle, Burn fat, and Better their sleep?
The next day, an overweight man was in my exam room. Like most do, at the end of his current list of complications, he was vocally distraught over the number on the scale and adamant that he needed to lose weight.
Here was my chance to see if words matter.
I genuinely expressed to him, “No, you don’t! You need to build muscle, burn fat as energy, and get better sleep!” His eyes lit up,“ yes, that’s exactly what I need!”, he said. Over the next few months, he lost weight (while maintaining sufficient muscle mass) by providing him with the tools he needed to succeed. The patient was given a daily action plan, supplements, educational material, motivational counseling along with a health coach.
The end result is a complete transformation of his body composition. Excitedly, he told me he needed to buy new clothes as his pants did not fit any longer. It makes me wonder why scientific studies are clinically significant when they only focus on a reduction of total weight, not an improved body composition. Our programs are designed to heal the gut, improve metabolism and optimize your body composition, but this also comes with strength, vitality, confidence, and improvement in overall health.
“Enjoy the process of learning a healthy lifestyle, get out of your head, start moving, and eat with a purpose. Do the work, and you will see the results. Don’t talk about it, be about it. Remember, the secret is that there is no secret but daily healthy choices that add up over time.” Joseph A. Rotella MD, DC