As we come to the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015, it’s common for people to start thinking back on goals that we intended to accomplish and goals we would like to accomplish in the new year. For many people, one of the major resolutions that ends up on the list every year is to have a sleeker sexier body. Be honest, almost all of us have struggled with weight problems at some point in our lives. Some of you may have convinced yourself that achieving a healthy weight is something of an impossible dream at this point.
It’s not – or at least it doesn’t have to be. How many times have you heard someone say something like: “Losing or gaining weight is a simple matter of mathematics. If calories in is less than calories out, you will lose weight. If calories in is more than calories out, you will gain weight.” How many times have you wanted to hit those people? The truth is that statement is a massive over-simplification of the mechanics behind achieving and maintaining healthy weight. If it was just that simple, medical professionals, dieticians and nutritionists wouldn’t need the extensive training in order to help their patients and clients.
Unfortunately, there are several falsehoods, half truths and rumors about weight that may end up sabotaging your healthy weight journey before it even starts. To help you navigate through the foggy information minefield and keep your weight management goals on track, we have put together a short list of things you need to know about healthy weight:
- Being underweight can be as dangerous as being overweight: Because the nation largely suffers with an obesity problem, materials tend to focus almost exclusively on how dangerous it is to be overweight and methods to lose weight. Did you know that being underweight can be equally dangerous? Organs begin to shut down, muscle tissue is lost, even teeth and bones can be damaged!
- Eating fat doesn’t make you fat: Your body absolutely, positively, requires a certain amount of fat to function. The nerve signals that travel throughout the brain and body travel using fat. Women require a certain amount of body fat to be able to achieve and maintain reproductive viability and health.
- You can do it yourself: This is one of the most damaging mindsets to have when it comes to reaching your weight goals. If you could reach and maintain a healthy weight on your own, you probably would have done it by now. Proper diet and exercise routines can almost always help you get yourself to health, but how do you know what proper diet and exercise routines are for your individual case unless you have some professional assistance?
- There might be an underlying medical reason: Thyroid and hormonal conditions (along with a slew of other things) can actually cause weight issues in an otherwise healthy patient. That means it’s possible for a person to have a varied and well-balanced diet, an adequate exercise regimen and still be over or under weight.
- Weight is a medical issue: This isn’t only about how you look in your favorite pair of jeans. Your weight is a huge part of your overall health and should be treated as something to be discussed and dealt with between you and your medical practitioner. There is no shame in asking for help, in fact, getting intervention and assistance from a professional may be the difference between success or failure – both long and short term.
To make an appointment to speak to us about your weight, please contact the office.