Do you make a conscious effort to get fruits, veggies, proteins and vitamins into your day? Many people do, but many others don’t. Studies show that at least 1/3rd of all adults and 17% of children are obese, and diet has a lot to do with it. Obesity contributes to chronic conditions such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and countless other conditions. With a nutritional assessment, we can see how your nutrition is doing, and help you make changes towards a healthier life and lower weight. Even a small amount of weight loss can lengthen your life and improve your health.
Did you know that about 39% of adults worldwide are overweight? About 13% of those are in the “obese” range and at a very high risk for chronic conditions, diseases and a shorter lifespan. In the United States, the figures are actually worse than the global scale. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 39.8% of Americans are obese instead of just overweight. Globally, obesity affects 1 in 10 people, but in the U.S., it’s 1 in 3. Even children as young as 2 are in obese ranges, even though it’s just under 2%.
Did you know that there are 6 types of nutrients that your body needs each day to stay healthy? Many people know that veggies and fruits are important, but why? It’s what’s inside them that counts, namely vitamins and minerals. Those are 2 of the 6 nutrients your body needs each day, and it can’t make vitamins and minerals on its own. You also need proteins, carbohydrates, fats and water each day so all your body processes work correctly. Without those nutrients, your cells can’t repair themself each night.
Harvard Health reports that what you eat matters when it comes to weight and your risk for chronic conditions. “For chronic disease prevention…the quality and food sources of [your] nutrients matters”. Diets high in refined grains and sugar (especially sugary drinks) are the worst food choices for your body. These come in fast foods, processed foods and treats. Many on-the-go options are ones that provide you energy from sugar instead of through whole grains and protein.
There are calorie targets you want to reach each day so that your body has enough energy to function, but not so much that you gain weight. Women need about 2000 calories (or less) to maintain their weight. Men need about 2500 or less to maintain. Cut out 500 of those calories to get about a pound of weight loss each week. That doesn’t mean skipping meals. It means choosing nutritious foods over high-calorie, nutrient-dense foods. For some people, simply cutting out sodas and sugary treats throughout the day will lead to better nutrition and successful weight loss. For others, they may need to work with a professional to manage their nutrition for specific health and wellness goals.
No matter if you have weight loss, exercise or health goals, practicing good nutrition will benefit you your entire life. The body needs specific nutrients to avoid disease, to maintain a healthy weight and to repair cells in the body. Having good nutrition looks like eating several sources of protein, veggies, and fruits each day as well as drinking about half your body weight in ounces of water. When you eat these things, plus nuts and seeds on a regular basis, your body will start to change. You’ll feel lighter, will have fewer health problems and you will have more energy.
With good nutrition, your risk for chronic diseases goes down significantly. This is because the body has the nutrients it needs to repair cell damage each night and those nutrients helps you to fight off illness. Good nutrition leads to less inflammation in the body, which slows down aging. Aging is in fact a cause of inflammation over time that breaks down your cells and ages your body tissues. Choosing to have good nutrition can slow down that aging process, adding years to your life.
Choosing nutritious foods over nutrient-poor foods can help you avoid low-grade health symptoms each day such as fatigue, headaches and migraines, aches, pains, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, brain fog, obesity and more.
It’s hard to know just how healthy your nutrition is. That is why we offer nutritional assessments with full blood testing to get panels of the nutrients you get and what you lack. These will give us a good picture into reasons why you have low-grade health problems and what to change in your nutrition to make those problems better. Because nutrition plays such a large role in your weight and weight loss, we also provide gentle electricity testing for the body. Testing the body with electricity can help us get an accurate picture of the fat deposits of your body. This can be incredibly beneficial in planning a weight-loss and overall health plan for you.
Once you know how healthy your nutrition is, you can work with a professional to manage your diet, chronic conditions, and health goals. We work with patients on a weekly basis with counseling and therapies to overcome health problems and to reach fitness goals. Some health problems will actually go away with a change to diet and exercise, which is our goal.
Getting a healthier life through healthy habits takes time. It may take all year for some people or even longer than that. The point is to continually try better to have good nutrition and to live as healthy as you can so you can live longer and better. We help our patients with their nutrition, health and wellness goals. If you have these types of goals, call Back2Health today at (843) 405-0025!