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Chris Goetz - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Living Healthy After Weight Loss

Obesity has become a large and very serious problem in the US. It is believed that by 2020 more than half of all Americans will be overweight. This is not something that dieting will be able to fix. Americans need to adopt a more healthy and active lifestyle.

At Advance Health Services we offer a number of weight loss programs that can help patients loose weight quickly and get a jumpstart on a healthy lifestyle. But no diet will be effective if the underlying unhealthy habits are not addressed. As many as ninety-five percent of those that loose weight rapidly through dieting gain the weight back.

It does not have to be difficult. By working slowly and incorporating changes one at a time, you increase your chances success. Below are some guidelines to follow to start living a lifestyle where you are more conscious of the health impact of your daily choices.

Move More - A sedentary, inactive lifestyle is the quickest path to weight gain and disease. There are many ways to include more physical activity into your day. Try squeezing in micro workouts throughout your day. In a few minutes you can do a couple of sets of calisthenics like squats or pushup. These exercises strengthen muscles and get the blood pumping but wont make you break a sweat in the middle of the work day. Walk anywhere you need to go that's less than a mile away and use stairs when you are going up two or three flights. Carrying a pedometer will let you keep track of how much you're moving each day.

Shop Smart - The best way to avoid high fat, high sugar, high salt snacks is to not bring them into the house in the first place. Buy foods that you know are good for you. They should include plenty of fruits and vegetables, low fat proteins and whole grains. Pack your own lunch and snacks to avoid temptations.

Plan and Document - A meal plan is a great way to get control over what you eat. Once or twice a month take some time to plan your meals. This will, of course, tie in with your grocery shopping. Logging what you eat will allow you to get a feel for how you are doing. A food log makes it easy to see where your weaknesses may lie.

Drink Black Coffee - The coffee drinks many of us have grown to love since Starbucks appeared on the scene are really little more than dessert in a cup. Instead of indulging in the those sugary, rich, whipped cream topped drinks, pour yourself a good old cup of black coffee. Add a bit of skim milk and sugar if you must. Most black coffee drinkers will tell you it's a taste that is easy to acquire.

Spend Time with Healthy People - You don't want to cut off your long time friends and acquaintances, but if most of your socializing involves sitting around having beers and snacks, you should probably try to add some more active friends to your circle. Foster relationships with people that like to get outdoors and walk, ride bike or take part in other physical activities.

Making the change to a healthier lifestyle does not have to be difficult and intimidating. Try adopting one of these changes every week or two, then stick with them. The most important aspect to success is consistency. Before you know it, healthy habits will be coming to you naturally. At Advance Health Services we can help you get on the road to a healthy lifestyle. Call us today to schedule your first consultation.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.