When clients talk to us about weight loss, belly fat is usually their number one concern. From a vanity standpoint, most of us covet a flat stomach and a trim waistline. But beyond aesthetics, it’s a good idea to target belly fat anyway. While being overweight is associated with a variety of health concerns, belly fat in particular is implicated in many disorders.
In the health and fitness world, fads tend to come and go every few years. Often these trends can get pretty silly; just picture those late-night infomercials and you know what we’re talking about. You’ve probably witnessed a few friends who shelled out big bucks for some “weight loss secret” that never worked. Or maybe you’re nodding your head and laughing, because you’ve fallen victim to a few of these schemes yourself.
No one pursues a weight loss plan for fun. You want a change, and you can’t wait to see the results of all your hard work! That’s why some people get into the habit of weighing themselves every day, or sometimes even multiple times per day. Unfortunately, this habit often leads to confusion and discouragement.
Exercise is important for everyone, whether you’re trying to lose weight or just want to stay healthy. A gym membership can certainly help you accomplish that goal. After all, a good gym will offer high-tech equipment, fun classes, and personal trainers who help you learn about fitness.
Your weight loss plan depends on a regimen of calories “in” versus calories “out”. Often this can mean that you feel restricted to eating the same, predictable foods over and over, or avoiding any deviations from your routine.
But life happens, and sometimes you need (or want) to eat a meal out. The good news is that a restaurant meal doesn’t have to wreck your diet! Follow these tips to keep your caloric intake in the acceptable range.
You know sugar is one of the worst things you can eat, and that you should avoid it if you want to lose weight. But surely just one more bite can’t hurt… Can it?
Technically, a small amount of sugar here and there is acceptable, and certainly not the end of the world. But the problem with the “just one more bite” mindset is that it can be eerily similar to having “just one more drink” or “rolling the dice just one more time”. Like drinking alcohol, gambling, and many other activities, eating sugar can actually be addictive.
Some people eat a little bit of sugar here and there, and they’re completely healthy. Others can’t seem to shake their sugar addiction. Even worse, like many other types of addicts, those who can’t say no to sugar might actually be in denial about how much they’re really eating. If any of these eight signs point to you – especially if several of them do – you might have developed a physical or emotional dependence on sugar.
- You crave sweets regularly.
- You battle skin conditions like acne.
- You feel moody, cranky, or depressed (especially when you’re craving something sweet).
- You experience memory or “processing” problems (especially after a meal).
- You’ve put on some weight, and it’s hard to lose it.
- You frequently feel tired, despite getting enough sleep.
- Foods taste bitter, even things that most other people seem to enjoy, and you don’t like many foods that don’t contain sugar.
- You’ve had several (or more) cavities in your teeth.
Does any of this sound familiar? That’s because sugar acts very similar to a drug. You crave it, you consume it, and then not long afterward your mood and energy crashes. You crave more of it, just to feel “normal” again, and then the cycle starts over. Some people even crave increasing amounts of sugar, to the point that all other foods taste bitter or bland.
If you have a sugar addiction, one of the best things you can do for yourself is either cut back gradually or go cold turkey on the stuff. Give yourself a few weeks on a healthy, balanced, and sugar-free diet, and you will start to feel like yourself again. You’ll even notice that healthy foods begin to taste better over time.
If you need help with your weight loss program, or you seek nutritional advice, give us a call. We can help you put together an eating plan that best suits your goals and lifestyle.
You had a great week at work, the kids are doing fantastic in school, and you’ve just accomplished a special goal. How do you celebrate? You reward yourself with food.
It’s that time of year again! As New Year’s Eve approaches, you might be considering how you want to change your life in 2017. It’s perfectly fine to consider multiple resolutions to improve different areas of your life, but since we specialize in helping patients look and feel their best, we suggest the following five resolutions that will benefit your health.