Most people understand that to succeed in losing weight and keeping it off, a person almost always must change WHAT they eat. What is less often recognized is that a person seeking to achieve these goals must also change WHEN they eat and even HOW they eat. When diets do not result in permanent weight loss, it is in part because only one of these important factors is being addressed. At Idaho Bariatric and Metabolic Institute (Idaho BMI), we implement science-backed tools to address all three of these factors.
WHAT to eat
There are big changes occurring in the field of nutrition science. Old advice is giving way to newer, more science-based insights regarding what foods we should eat. Some foods deliver quality nutrition and satisfy our natural cravings and feelings of hunger. Other foods do the opposite- they increase hunger pains and cravings while providing very little in the way of real nutrition. In our work with patients, we explain these differences and outline the approach to nutrition that results in health and reversal of obesity and disease. And it just so happens that this approach to food also satisfies our hunger. Our patients report dramatic decreases in hunger pains and cravings when they follow our nutrition plan. And this makes the journey much more comfortable.
WHEN to eat
Traditional advice tells us that we need to eat 3 meals per day to have a healthy metabolism. Some sources go so far as to suggest we should be eating 6-7 small meals throughout the day. But these recommendations have no scientific basis. The truth is our bodies are designed to eat sporadically. Our bodies are smart and will send us signals to tell us when to eat. Eating the wrong food takes away the body’s ability to send those signals. An important part of the program at Idaho BMI is learning to listen to our bodies and to eat at the correct time- which is when we are truly hungry. There are tremendous benefits to metabolism, weight, brain function, and sleep quality when we learn to listen to our bodies and eat the right food at the right time.
HOW to eat
Most people have heard the advice to eat mindfully- “mindful eating.” The importance of developing this habit cannot be overstated. In fact, HOW a person eats a meal is almost as important as WHAT they eat. Most of us have adapted to modern life by eating too quickly and focusing our attention on something other than the eating process. At Idaho BMI, we offer training in this important activity that brings together the mental and nutritional principles that are essential for long term success. Mastering these principles requires work but puts a person in the “driver’s seat” and removes emotion and stress from food.
“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” Freedom is the goal. Our greatest goal for our patients if for them to develop true independence. And when this is achieved, you see food as fuel and nothing more. Food has no control over you. You do not feel deprived. You do not feel enticed by any foods. Take Control!
Where to find us
Phone: 208-378-4264 (IBMI)
Our Office Hours
Mon-Thurs: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Closed most major holidays
We accept all insurances
We accept all insurances including Medicare and Medicaid. Review the list of insurance plans we accept. Please contact us with any questions.