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Javier Lisboa, D.N.P

What is your weight loss philosophy?

My weight loss philosophy is not dissimilar from my philosophy regarding medicine.

I focus on not only treat illnesses, disorders, and medical conditions, but also the human response to them.  Weight loss can be very complex, and it is of utmost importance to take all aspects into consideration when treating a patient, body, mind, and soul. It is important to approach weight loss with a multi-faceted approach, as it is not so easy as an issue of calories in, calories out, it is much more complicated and I try to respect every aspect in the patient’s journey.  All patients and each plan has to be individually tailored, I do not believe in one size fits all when it comes to weight loss.

What is the most difficult part of a weight loss or health improvement plan?

I think one of the most difficult parts of a weight loss or health improvement plan is getting into the right mindset to start making changes. One of the things I start working on with patients is getting them primed for small manageable changes, and working on gradually reinforcing long term maintenance. Through these small changes, we can build and build and create new life long healthy habits. 

What Specific Advice Would you Offer Anyone Trying to Lose Weight and Become Healthier?

The best advice I can think of, when it comes to nearly anything but specifically weight loss is to start where you are, use with what you have, and do something now. Don’t wait for change, start a habit today and use what you have. Don’t wait so start exercising, “until the weather warms up” get your coat and lace up some comfortable shoes and get out there. Can’t handle the outdoors? No problem, there are tons of on-demand beginner low impact fitness videos/apps you can use with no equipment or subscription needed; you just have to look for it. I always look for progress not perfection and I really enjoy seeing the spark of motivation in my patients.

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