I Am SO Tired of These Extra Pounds!
Weight gain has become a crisis in our culture. There are so many diets and fads that people use in an attempt to shed those unwanted pounds. Being overweight or obese can have a serious and detrimental impact on our health. Health problems that can occur from carrying too much body fat include but are not limited to cardiovascular disease (heart attacks and strokes), high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, cancer, arthritis, fatty liver disease, sleep apnea, pregnancy problems.
When it comes to weight loss the focus should be on healthy body composition and not just how much we weigh. Body composition is amount or percentage of our body weight is from lean body mass (bone, water and muscle) versus from body fat.
There are a variety of factors to consider when it comes to weight and trying to lose weight:
Diet & Nutrition: What we eat everyday has the largest effect on how much we weigh and how our body stores fat. In general diets lower in carbohydrates (sugars and starches) and higher in quality proteins and quality fats make our bodies more efficient when it comes to fat metabolism. When it comes to nutrition lifestyle changes are necessary in order to achieve and maintain healthy weight and body composition.
Exercise: Exercise alone has not proven to be helpful for weight loss. An exercise regimen needs to be combined with a healthy diet and other healthy lifestyle choices. However, cardiovascular and resistance (weight bearing) exercise can help improve our metabolism. A few of the many benefits of having higher amounts of lean muscle mass built through resistance exercise include: longevity, increased metabolism, reduced risk of injuries, increased bone density, reduced risk of illness.
Hormones: Thyroid hormone, cortisol and the sex hormones all play a role in our body composition. When our hormones are out of balance our bodies have trouble finding a proper balance for energy and metabolism. When combined with a healthy lifestyle, optimizing your hormones can provide an advantage.
Nutritional Status: Vitamin, mineral and other nutrient deficiencies can be part of the root fro weight gain and can also occur from rapid weight loss. A nutritional evaluation of your blood can help identify your specific nutritional and supplement needs.
Stress: Stress is a top reason we make the decisions that we do every day. Stress has a major impact on our hormonal balance (especially cortisol) and our lifestyle habits. Finding ways to manage chronic stress is imperative for a healthy lifestyle.
Sleep: Oh yes! Sleep. Experts recommend that adults aged 18 to 64 years get 7 to 9 hours of sleep a day, and that adults aged 65 years and older get 7 to 8 hours of sleep a day. Those who do not get enough sleep are more likely to eat more, snack more often and eat more carbohydrate rich foods.
A variety of weight loss programs and body composition analysis along with laboratory analysis of your hormones and nutrients are available through consultation in our clinic. Make an appointment and find out what specific program may be best suited for you.
Linette Williamson, MD is an Integrative Medical Doctor, who specializes in helping her patients identify lifestyle factors that affect their everyday medical issues. Dr. Williamson uses cutting edge testing to find imbalances that are related to your health problems. She will spend time with you to find out what specific issues you have and help you develop a specific plan that is unique to you.
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