Everything You Need to Know About Healthy Weight Loss

If you look around, you’ll see it everywhere – obesity. According to the CDC, about 42% of all American adults are obese. Additionally, obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer that are some of the leading causes of preventable, premature death. It’s no secret that carrying around extra weight is detrimental to our health. 

So why do so many of us do it? The answer is simple. Most of us do not understand how to achieve healthy weight loss. Furthermore, many of us are capable of dropping some pounds quickly – only to put them back on once they return to their normal routine and lifestyle habits. This causes a downward spiral of frustration, a lack of motivation, and in some cases, even more weight gain. 

Many unscrupulous companies are looking to sell you a quick fix for weight loss. They claim that if you take a pill or drink a shake, the weight will just fly off. They spend millions of dollars to blast out this message to as many people as possible. In the end, they plant the idea in our minds that there are silver bullets out there that help us to achieve healthy, sustainable weight loss with little or no effort. 

The truth is, there are no shortcuts. However, you do have hope. There are so many variables in play when it comes to achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight. This page serves as a comprehensive overview of what it takes to achieve and sustain healthy weight loss while promoting health. Be sure to keep checking back to this page as we will continuously update it with new developments and experiences. 

Looking to Achieve Healthy Weight Loss? Do Not Overlook These Important Factors

Diet

As the old saying goes, ‘you are what you eat’. A very common misconception about diets is that what matters the most is how many calories you take in versus how many calories you burn. This is an overly simplistic viewpoint on the subject, it goes much deeper than that, but we’ll focus more on that later. For now, let’s consider that it’s best to stay away from consuming large amounts of sugar and processed foods. 

Nutrition is much more complex than this though. Each of our bodies is a complex organism of interwoven systems that interact closely with each other. A slight shift in one area of your life or even your diet can initiate a cascade of changes in other areas. As a result, many of our patients find that it’s best to have a medical expert put together an individualized diet that fits their needs. No two bodies are the same, that’s why certain diets may work extremely well for some but may cause harm in others. See our Nutritional Counseling page for more information on this. 

Activity Levels

We can write an entire book about the benefits of exercise. However, let’s discuss exercise at a glance. Physical activity revs up your metabolism and keeps your caloric expenditure higher. Additionally, exercise promotes the retention of lean mass – which is metabolically active tissue. When focusing on weight loss, it’s best to preserve as much lean mass as you can given that it increases your calorie expenditure and makes it easier to keep your metabolism humming along. 

Sleep

Adequate sleep facilitates your body’s recovery processes. This is a crucial time where many of your body’s natural regenerative processes kick in. Many studies report that when we lack sleep, our bodies crave sugar and higher calorie foods for a quick energy boost. This study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition displays that previously sleep-deprived participants were able to decrease their sugar consumption when modifying their sleeping habits. 

When analyzing sleep within the context of weight loss, it’s crucial to consider sleep’s implications on your food intake. If you’re consistently craving sugar or higher-calorie foods due to sleep deprivation, it’s going to be more difficult to stick to a reasonable diet. As you’re probably beginning to see, there is no one of the three factors listed here that is more important than the others. They’re all equally important as one depends upon the other. 

Your Thyroid and Weight Loss

Have you tried everything from diets to workouts promising that you will finally lose the excess weight? Yet, no matter how hard you try, you just can’t seem to lose those pounds. Unfortunately, you might be doing everything right and still not see results. It’s possible that there’s more at play here. 

Your thyroid can greatly influence your metabolic rate when thyroid hormones are out of balance. Progressive Medical Center promotes healthy weight loss by leading patients on an integrative path to healing with Progressive Medical Center’s thyroid treatment program. Our tailored program restores your thyroid hormones back to optimal levels while healing your thyroid. 

Thyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland produces too much or too little thyroid hormone. The American Thyroid Association estimates that 12% of Americans will develop some sort of thyroid condition during their lifetime, and that 20 million Americans currently suffer from a thyroid condition. 

Oftentimes, the symptoms of hyperthyroidism are so general that a person may not realize there is a problem with their thyroid. Symptoms can include weight gain, depression, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating. When you have low thyroid, your metabolism slows. If you have a poor diet you’re going to have a hard time losing weight, luckily, with the right treatment plan you can address this issue early!

An important consideration when seeking treatment is how your doctor measures your symptoms and thyroid levels. If you have been experiencing weight gain, it could be your thyroid. At Progressive Medical Center, we offer a complete Thyroid Panel to determine if your thyroid hormone levels are too high or too low. The Progressive Thyroid Treatment Program offered by our experts can help to relieve your symptoms, treat the root cause of your thyroid problem, and strengthen your thyroid gland through diet, nutrition, and supplements.

Are You Looking for Assistance with Healthy Weight Loss? 

Progressive Medical Center offers integrative therapies that help patients discover and address underlying conditions that may be impeding their weight loss efforts. We also provide our patients with FIT 360 3D Body Scans to help them establish a baseline level of fitness and monitor their progress from there.  To learn more about our practice and our weight loss solutions, contact us today. Also, keep referring back to this document as we are making frequent updates with the latest information on weight loss and healthy lifestyles. On behalf of Progressive Medical Center, thanks for reading!

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