Weight Loss: When Will Power Is Not Enough

There’s a prevailing sense among people trying to effect change in their lives and enjoy the health and wellness benefits of weight loss that the problem is simply one that can be solved if they have enough will power — that the only thing standing between a healthier lifestyle and shedding unwanted pounds is themselves. Arguably there are many weight loss success stories that revolve around someone screwing up their courage and changing their lives for the better — but there are far more that end with failure, and a belief that it was “their own fault”.

weight-lossReality is a little different. Over many years helping people lose weight, we’ve found that only part of the equation is a person’s will power. Obviously there are usually years of bad habits to break in order to change one’s life enough to drop those unwanted pounds; but thinking of the weight loss process as being “all in the mind” doesn’t do justice to the physiological issues within the brain and body that contribute to the problem.

Medical weight loss programs like ours focus not just on what you think you can accomplish, but also ways to help your body make it easier for you to do so. A strong sense of commitment to a weight management program is great, but if your body is fighting against you at every turn, you’re going to have a harder time making a go of it. Our programs are designed to use prescription medications and state-of-the-art diagnostics to help your body work along with you toward your weight loss goals. Our staff will be with you every step of the way, helping fine tune your response system to help it support you, rather than get in your way.

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Uncategorized, Weight Loss | 0 comments

Exercise and Weight Loss

CENTRALPASCO201Regular exercise is an important part of effective weight loss. It helps to control your weight by using excess calories that otherwise would be stored as fat as well as boosting your metabolism and lowering insulin levels. Physical activity also helps prevent many diseases and improve your overall health.
Your weight is determined by the number of calories you eat each day minus what your body uses. Everything you eat contains calories, and everything you do uses calories, including sleeping, breathing, and digesting food. Any physical activity in addition to what you normally do will burn those extra calories.
Balancing the number of calories you expend through exercise and physical activity with the calories you eat will help you achieve your desired weight. The key to successful weight loss and improved overall health is making physical activity a part of your daily routine.
The Health Benefits of Exercise
Research consistently shows that regular exercise, combined with healthy eating, is the most efficient and healthful way to control your weight management.
Research also shows that , in addition to helping to control weight, regular physical activity can reduce your risk for several diseases and conditions and improve your overall quality of life. Regular exercise can help prevent:
Heart disease and stroke. Daily physical activity can help prevent heart disease and stroke by strengthening your heart muscle, lowering your blood pressure, raising your HDL (“good” cholesterol), and lowering LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol), improving blood flow, and increasing your heart’s working capacity.
High blood pressure. Regular exercise reduces blood pressure in people with high blood pressure (hypertension).
Diabetes. By reducing body fat, physical activity can help to prevent and control type 2 diabetes.
Back pain. By increasing muscle strength and endurance and improving flexibility and posture, regular exercise can prevent back pain.
Osteoporosis. Regular weight-bearing exercise promotes bone formation and may prevent many forms of bone loss associated with aging.
Regular physical activity can also improve mood and the way you feel about yourself. Exercise is likely to reduce depression and anxiety and help you to better manage stress. It is a natural and inexpensive antidepressant.
Types of Exercise
It does not matter what type of physical activity you perform — sports, planned exercise, household chores, yard work, or work-related tasks — all are beneficial.
Over the past few years, exercise advertisements have targeted simplified exercise routines for weight loss and weight management. Some exercise advertisements sell the belief that one machine will work your entire body and give you the results you need. However, many of these machines may only be good for one type of conditioning, such as cardiovascular; these machines also have limitations to the type of exercise you can do and they are not good for everyone. To determine the best type of exercise program for you, talk to your doctor and a certified athletic trainer.

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Uncategorized, Weight Loss, weight management | 0 comments

Fitness for Life

CENTRALPASCO204Get active. It’s one of the best things you can do for yourself. A well-rounded routine, as part of a healthy lifestyle, may help you avoid things like falls, heart disease, and osteoporosis. In fact, experts say, many of the conditions people think are due to getting older have more to do with not moving enough.

At any age, these are the types of exercise you want to get:

Aerobic: good for your heart and lungs

Strength training: good for your muscles and bones

Flexibility and balance: helps prevent falls

Don’t avoid exercise because you’re afraid of getting hurt or think it’s too late to start. It’s a good idea to talk to your doctor for their advice before starting a new exercise program.

If you have a condition like heart disease, osteoporosis, or arthritis, you may need to tweak your exercise routine a little to meet your needs, but it’s worth it.

“The risks of exercising are far less than those of sitting on a couch,” says Michael E. Rogers, PhD. He is director of the Center for Physical Activity and Aging at Wichita State University in Kansas.

Aerobics

Aerobic exercise strengthens your heart and lungs. It’s also good for your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, sleep, and memory. It also promotes weight loss.

What to do: You can walk briskly, jog, bike, swim, Zumba, walk in the water, or do any other activity that gets your heart rate up.

“If you’re new to exercise, start with something low impact to see how your body responds,” Rogers says. Low impact means it doesn’t put a lot of stress on your bones and joints. Swimming and cycling are good examples.

Move at a medium pace, where you working a little bit but can still hold a conversation. Aim for 30 minutes a day. You can build up to that, even if you start with just 5 minutes at a time. You can gradually make your workouts longer and more challenging.

Tip: A pedometer can help you track your steps and set goals. Challenge yourself to do a little more each week.

Strength Training

This isn’t about becoming a body builder or professional weightlifter. Strength training – also called resistance training — can help you stay as independent as you want. Do it to keep your muscles and bones strong and help prevent falls and fractures. It can make things like getting around easier.

Strength training is just as important as aerobics and weight loss, Franklin says. It’s the principle of “use it or lose it.”

What to do: Start with 2-pound hand weights. Even food cans or filled water bottles will work. Try doing exercises like getting up and down from a chair while holding the weights. Giving your muscles and bones something to work against builds their strength.

Do 8 to 10 different exercises at least 2 days a week. Work up to doing each exercise 10 to 15 times in a row. Use slightly heavier weights as you get stronger and the exercises become easy.

Give your muscles 2 days between sessions to rest. For example, if you do strength training on Monday, wait until Thursday to do more resistance exercises. Do aerobic or flexibility exercises on the other days.

Work your arms, chest, back, stomach, and legs. You can talk to a personal trainer or physical therapist to learn some moves.

Tip: Resistance bands are another good choice instead of weights. They are affordable, easy to carry, and come in different levels of resistance to make it easier or harder. You can even use these bands while sitting in a chair.

Flexibility and Balance Exercises

Flexibility exercises stretch your muscles and keep them from stiffening up. That can help prevent injuries and joint problems.

Balance exercises can help keep you stable on your feet and prevent falls.

Yoga and tai chi are good for both. You can also learn balance exercises in fitness and senior center classes or from a personal trainer.

What to do: Do each type of exercise 20 minutes two or three times a week. You can do flexibility exercises as part of your warm up and cool down from your aerobic workout.

You don’t need to go anywhere to do these or schedule a special time. Fit balance exercises into your daily routine.

“You can do exercises like balancing on one foot almost anywhere — while you’re brushing your teeth, doing dishes, or folding the laundry,” Rogers says

Tip: It helps to have something like a counter or table to grab onto if you need it.

How to Keep It Safe

Exercise is great for you. It’s possible to overdo it, though.

You’re working too hard if you exercise to the point of exhaustion or pain (not just tired legs or soreness). Stop exercise and call 911 if you have:

Chest pain or pressure

Excessive shortness of breath

Feel lightheaded, nauseated, or weak

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Benefits Of Modest Weight Loss Lutz Patients Find Compelling: Appearance, Health Top List

CentralPasco0401We’re a nation of people that’s become increasingly concerned with the way we look — and, when it comes to weight loss, Citrus Park residents are probably just like everyone else: they’ve taken stock of their appearance and determined shedding a few pounds is the way to go. But although the most compelling reason many choose to lose weight is for an improvement in their appearance, there is an ever-growing mountain of evidence that dropping even just a few extra pounds can have lasting, profound effects on overall health — and that every pound can count.

We’ve known for some time that people who aren’t carrying extra weight find themselves more active; but even just a small amount of weight can have a huge difference in how that activity translates into lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Even people who are significantly overweight can realize significant reduction in risk levels for coronary hearty disease, stroke, and hypertension after losing as little as five or ten pounds — and with every successful weight loss effort, those risk factors drop even further.

Modest weight loss can reduce both the risk and severity of Type 2 diabetes, liver disease, osteoarthritis and even many cancers to degrees no one would have guessed just a few years ago; and while dropping significant amounts of weight is the preferred goal for many patients, there’s compelling data suggesting even getting started along that road will offer huge benefits.

Put another way, there’s no reason to put off trying to lose weight — even if you only think you can drop just a few pounds at first. When you’re ready to start losing weight, consult the experts in weight loss Temple Terrace residents trust most — call us today!

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

With Hormone Therapy Egypt Lake Patients See Better Weight Loss Results

CentralPasco0402Everyone feels like when they lose weight, they lose it differently than everyone else; we have one patient who tells us she loses weight first in the face, then the rest of her body. Another is certain she loses in her legs last, after she’s lost weight in every other part of her body. Importantly, this phenomenon probably isn’t entirely in their minds, and there is a way to combat it to have weight loss that’s more effective and more conducive to your personal weight loss goals. Every body is different, certainly, but every woman’s body is controlled to a certain extend by their hormonal process — and it’s that process that guides where fat deposits end up.

One of the advantages of hormone therapy Tampa patients see at our clinic is a better distribution of weight, in a way that’s more aesthetically pleasing. Supplementing a patient with estrogen and/or progesterone helps regulate many body functions, but in particular we’ve found that the most visible is the redistribution of fat. Hormone levels that are more common in younger women tend to have the effect of distributing fat in ways also more common in younger women — so-called “difficult areas” that were never a problem when you were younger can often be effectively targeted through a combination of hormone therapy with improvements in diet and exercise.

Hormone therapy can be an effective tool in your weight loss program, and part of a more comprehensive campaign to meet your weight loss goals. If you’d like to learn more about weight loss, consult the experts in hormone therapy East Lake residents have trusted for years — contact us today for an initial consultation and get started on the path to a better you!

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Ongoing Weight Management Oldsmar Residents Know Is Lifetime Commitment

CentralPasco0403If there’s one lesson about losing weight we’d wish to impart to each and every one of our patients, it’s this: losing weight isn’t really that hard. It’s keeping that weight off that can be the real challenge.

There are literally hundreds of diets out there that can offer results easily measured in pounds and ounces; unfortunately, without real and effective weight management, Mango dieters discover that these weight loss programs are tantalizing yet ephemeral “fixes” to their weight issues. The problem is more than just one of perception, although that’s a big part of it; people just feel like they “go on a diet” for a limited amount of time, that it’s something they do for a few weeks or even months and then can go back to the lifestyle they had before their diet and everything will be fine.

It’s critical to realize that the lifestyle they had before their diet is precisely what got them into weight trouble in the first place — going back to that, of course their weight will go back up! That’s why our programs focus not just on dropping weight, which is important in and of itself, but also giving our patients the tools they need to keep that weight off going forward. A diet plan is not just something you do for a while, it’s a permanent lifestyle change — and with our help, you can make it one that you not only can live with, but can even enjoy!

We’ve got the experience in professional weight management Elfers residents have grown to trust over our years in helping people achieve — and maintain — their weight loss goals. Call us today for an initial appointment — you’ve got nothing to lose but those extra pounds!

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments