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Medical Weight Loss
You may have tried to lose weight many times before. You are not alone!
Obesity … The Plague of the 21st Century
Obesity is a nationwide epidemic in the United States, affecting nearly two-thirds of the population, or 35.7%, according to the CDC, Center for Disease Control. Obesity is the leading-most preventable cause of death worldwide and is considered the “plague of the 21st Century”, causing obese individuals to have an average annual medical expense of more than $1,400 higher of those non-overweight or obese, due to underlying medical problems caused by carrying excess weight and fat on their bodies.
In light of this, here are the risks and complications of obesity, and why it is so important to have a healthy lifestyle so we can help you overcome and prevent it! You may know that having excess weight is not good for your health, but you may not realize just how many serious problems are directly related to having excess weight. These problems include, but are not limited to: type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cancer, kidney disease, infertility, erectile dysfunction arthritis, sleep apnea, and migraine headaches. Therefore, losing your excess weight can reduce your risks for diabetes and other related conditions. Getting to a healthy weight and staying there is not easy. People may spend years trying different diets or plans, but achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is possible! While cutting calories and being more active are keys to any weight loss plan, many people need other kinds of help to lose and manage weight for a LIFE TIME!
Our Medical Weight Loss Program
In order to achieve success and embrace change in life, we must adopt and stick with new behaviors, by attaining a desirable and rewarding mindset throughout the process of making this new “life-change” a habit. Our goal and commitment through helping you maintain your ideal weight for the rest of your life…. is simply that….to be your personal weight loss coach now, to last you for a lifetime with healthy weight later.
Weight Loss Tips
Make Healthy Food Choices
Eat better: Make better food choices; little changes in your eating can make a big difference.
- One step at a time: Look for progress, not perfection. Remember, losing weight takes time.
- Watch your carbs: Carbs make you gain weight. They fill you up for a while, but the full feeling does not last long, proteins have more substantivity, causing us to feel full longer.
- Watch your portions: We eat a lot more food than people used to eat….think fist sized portions.
- Bigger plates trick us into thinking we need more food to fill us up, so use smaller plates.
- Do not skip meals: People who eat at least three to six smaller, portion controlled meals/snacks throughout the day weigh less than people who skip meals, or eat large amounts less times daily.
Tips for Eating Healthier:
- Eat protein
- Eat slowly
- Fill up on fruits and vegetables
- Snack healthy
- Drinks lots of water
Be More Active
Being active will help you and your family stay healthy, feel better about yourself, keep off the extra pounds, have more energy, and feel less stressed out.
Do things you enjoy: Do different activities during the week and on the weekend to keep it fun. Stay Busy and Keep Moving! …The more you do it, the more routine and easier it gets.
Ask somebody to join you: It’s always more enjoyable and encouraging to work out with another person.
Make a plan for when you are going to exercise: Make it part of your routine, even if it’s just ten minutes.
Tips for Exercise and Staying Active:
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Park further away or Get off the bus one stop earlier and walk
- Walk in the mall when the weather doesn’t allow you to do it outside
- Clean the house, garden, mow the lawn, take a walk!
- Swim a couple of laps in the pool or walk the beach
Getting a good night’s sleep can help you feel less hungry, have more energy, feel less stressed out, and stay healthy.
Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep:
- After lunch, choose only caffeine-free drinks
- Go to bed about the same time every night
- Take a warm bath or shower to relax before bed
- Make sure your room is cool, quiet, and dark
- Get the pets and the kids out of your bed
- Avoid computers, cellphones or TV, instead read a book to calm and relax your mind
Be less stressed: People tend to eat more when they are stressed out. Having a healthy balance of rest and exercise is the key!
Tips Instead of eating when you feel stressed:
- Take a walk
- Play with your pet
- Do a puzzle or game
- Listen to the music you like
- Stop and take deep breaths, accept that there ARE things you cannot control.
*Regular exercise is a great way to lower stress, lose weight and to sleep well*