According to a 2016 Hartman Group report, over half of the US population tried to lose weight in the previous year. It should come as no surprise then that one of the most frequently asked questions in our clinics is – what are your top weight loss tips? The answer to this question is three-fold. The first factor is, as you would expect, diet. There are several aspects to diet that can contribute to weight loss: you must consider what you eat, how much you eat, and when you eat it. Certain foods will work better for some people over others. The same is true of the quantity and time you eat, so the first step in your weight loss journey should be to consult with a physician to build a diet plan that suits your specific needs. The second factor to consider is exercise. Once again, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to fitness regimes so you’ll need to establish the types of exercises that have the most impact on your personal weight loss. This step is crucial. As the saying goes, you can’t outrun a bad diet – and there is truly no such thing as sustainable weight loss without some form of regular physical activity. Finally, to give yourself the best chance of achieving your weight loss goals, you’ll need to address any metabolic barriers to weight loss. Here we are talking about thyroid levels, estrogen and insulin production, and management of adrenal hormones such as cortisol and DHEA. Addressing every piece of this puzzle is the only way to ensure you reach – and most importantly, maintain – your target weight.