Summer is fast approaching, yet, once again, you aren’t comfortable in your bathing suit. Meanwhile, you’re constantly being bombarded by infomercials on exercise equipment and specialty food menus, which feature starry-eyed people who claim to have lost astronomical amounts of weight in a microscopic amount of time.
At the biostation, we understand how difficult it is to lose weight and keep that weight off. We work with our patients utilizing blood testing to determine what is preventing them from reaching their weight loss goals. Then we develop individualized programs to help them achieve their desired weight.
Here are a few reasons why you may not be seeing the weight loss results you’re after:
Not Eating Right
One of the best ways to obtain and maintain that beach body is to make sure that you are eating foods with the purpose of turning them into the fuel that your body needs to give you optimal energy. No, this does not mean that you need to double dose on tomorrow morning’s cup of coffee. You should be eating foods that provide the most efficient catalyst for your digestion, especially probiotics, which assist in problems with digestion. It can be taken as a supplement and can be found in certain foods, such as yogurt and even chocolate. Not so fast, though! Eating right means nothing if you live a sedentary lifestyle.
Not Enough Physical Activity
Yes, you may have a job in which you have to sit at a desk for several hours a day, but find a few slivers of time to get up and move around. Physical fitness, combined with good eating habits, can help to burn the right amount of calories and carbohydrates so that whatever you take in afterwards can have the chance to be burned as energy rather than stored as fat.
It’s always a good idea to vary your fitness routine, whether that means performing different exercises that focus on specific parts of your body or doing a total body work out.
Failing to Control Your Portion Sizes
The problem with this advice is that many people seem to transform it into a message of eating as much healthy food as you can. The fact of the matter is that you should never eat too much of anything, whether it be avocado or apple pie. Be good to yourself.
Lack of Self-Care
Don’t sweat it! (Though, in a literal sense, you should be sweating while exercising to release toxins and other impurities.) Stress will almost certainly lead to weight gain – especially around the middle – even if you are strictly following your health regimen.
One of the best ways to take better care of yourself is to get more sleep. With a competitive work culture, it can be difficult to listen to your body because you feel that sleep means a decrease in productivity. Obey that melatonin, because long-term stress can lead to an imbalance in your blood sugar, and a perpetual lack of sleep can lead to stroke.
Eating Out Too Much
Yes, eating out may be convenient, but all of the unhealthy oils in which most of the food is cooked are not good for your arteries. A good way to refrain from this temptation is to prepare most of the food you want to eat a week in advance so that you will not have to spend time conjuring up something to eat when you’re hungry throughout the week and, as a result, end up resorting to fast food out of convenience.
In addition to maintaining physical fitness and eating responsibly, getting your blood work done at the biostation can determine if you’re getting the nourishment your body needs. We will work meticulously toward a plan for your healthy body that is individualized and based entirely on the best science and research.