October 2017 Newsletter
Six Things Keeping You Fat!
You're filling up on healthy foods, exercising daily and still, the scale isn't budging. It's mind-numbingly frustrating. Luckily, it's also fixable. Here are six common things that could be standing between you and your weight-loss goals.
1. You Aren't Tracking What You Eat
Almost every single person underestimates how much they are eating. You can blame over-sized restaurant portions and mindless munching for that. We recommend tracking everything you eat, at least for a couple months, which will help you learn proper portion sizes and how your favorite health foods measure up calorie-wise.
2. You're Not Sleeping Enough
A bad night's sleep can wreck your weight-loss efforts through a two-pronged approach. First, it makes you hungry and likely to overeat. Second, not getting enough sleep could make your body store what you do eat as fat.
3. You're Eating the Same Number of Calories You Did on Day One of Your Diet
The weight-loss plateau: At the beginning of your diet, you were losing weight and feeling great. But now, you're doing the exact same thing, but with zero results. That might be the problem. The smaller you get, the fewer calories your body needs, so the fewer calories you'll need to eat to continue losing weight. Talk to us about lowering your calorie intake.
4. You're Constantly Stressed
Acute stress - say from a looming work deadline or relationship drama - can cause your appetite to go MIA. But if the stress keeps up and becomes chronic, too-high levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, can increase your appetite, particularly for high-carbohydrate foods. This puts you in a vicious cycle of stress and overeating. Mental health issues, like stress, are no different than physical health issues. They deserve professional help.
5. You're Using Artificial Sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners, whether you stir them into your coffee, get them from diet sodas or spoon them from your yogurt container, are an easy way to cut calories and sugar in the short term, but they could harm your long-term weight-loss efforts. That could be because your brain responds to artificial sweeteners by telling you to eat more sweet stuff, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. Meanwhile, they may also throw off the balance of healthy bacteria in the gut. Eliminate any artificial sweeteners in your diet and replace them with sweeteners that also contain vitamins and minerals, like honey and maple syrup.
6. You Have a Medical Condition
Underlying health conditions can make weight-loss difficult to achieve on your own. For instance, hypothyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid gland doesn't produce enough hormones, can contribute to weight-management issues. While we screen for this in every patient, about half of thyroid disorder cases in America are not diagnosed, according to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.
Healthy Solutions MD has wonderful solutions for you as well. Speak to your provider to see how we can help!
I didn't fight my way to the top of the food chain to become a vegetarian.
- Erma Bombeck
A goal without a plan is just a wish.
- Antoine de Saint Exupery
Americans have more food to eat than any other people and more diets to keep them from eating it.
- Yogi Berra
Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for several days on nothing but food and water.
- W.C. Fields
The longing for sweets is really a yearning for love.
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It is the food which you furnish your mind that determines the whole character of your life.
- Emmet Fox
A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.
- English Proverb
The food here is terrible and the portions are way too small.
- Woody Allen
The most dangerous sweet is wedding cake.
- James Thurber
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