- Dr. Emi Hosoda said she always struggled with her weight — until she made some big changes in her 50s.
- The doctor said she tracks sugar, not calories, and drinks a lot of water to manage her hunger.
- Here are her top tips for sustainably keeping weight off.
After a lifetime of struggling with her weight, Dr. Emi Hosoda said she used her training in holistic health and functional medicine to design herself a personalized health plan.
She said she considered everything from her genetics to her gut microbiome when designing her diet, and she eventually lost 100 pounds and managed to keep it off.
Hosoda, a board-certified doctor in her 50s, shared some tips from her weight loss journey in a recent TikTok video.
Track sugar, not calories
Hosoda said she looks at the amount of sugar in a food to see if it will spike her insulin and blood sugar, which tends to result in weight gain.
Consuming excess sugar not only causes the body to store it as fat, but also increases the risk of diabetes or prediabetes. About one in three American adults has chronically high blood sugar that puts them at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The amount of calories a person needs can vary greatly based on their activity level and metabolism, so Hosoda said she doesn’t set calorie goals or limits to keep off weight.
It’s also important to remember that not all calories are created equal, and a food’s calorie content doesn’t always reflect its nutritional value.
Drink enough water
When she was trying to lose weight, Hosoda said she learned not to mistake thirst for hunger.
She recommended that people drink between a half ounce and an ounce of water per pound of body weight. This also depends on personal activity level: someone who is active and sweating often should drink more water than an individual who is not as active.
The only exception to this rule is that people with heart failure, kidney disease, or low sodium should ask their doctors about how much water they should drink, Hosoda said.