~~A Healthy New You:
Dr. Elizabeth A. Brown DC
Picture This: The month is October….the weather is starting to get cooler….Halloween candy lines the shelves at the stores….and who can resist purchasing that first bag of yummy candy??? But, you can’t just stop at one bag of candy. You purchase a few more bags the next time you go shopping, and then you enjoy Thanksgiving delights, followed by the tasty treats of the Christmas Holidays. So, by the time the season is over, you decide to step on the scale that you have been avoiding the past few months. Then after noticing you have packed on a few pounds, you create your New Year’s resolution. What could it be? Yes, to shed those extra pounds!
In the United States 72% of Americans make a New Year’s resolution of losing weight. Unfortunately 69% of Americans fail. The question is how did the 3% get it right? The key to losing weight is forming a plan that you can live with. Incorporate your everyday into a new and well balanced healthy way.
A Healthy Kitchen:
Start in your kitchen. Open every cabinet and look at what it contains and ask yourself if it is healthy. You don’t have to throw it away. Just balance it by incorporating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains while eating less of the boxed mac and cheese. Making little changes will increase your rate of success in losing weight and keeping it off. If you are in a hurry and need a healthy snack, switch the high calorie chips with Kellogs cracker chips, rice cakes, or lightly salted low fat popping corn. Then for the sugar cravings, switch to dark chocolate squares, 100 calorie packs, and gum. You can also incorporate a large variety of healthier choices into your daily life to replace the old ones without the feeling of a “Starvation can’t eat anything but health foods diet”.
Creating a habit:
It takes the average person 21 days to form a habit. This New Years, instead of going to the gym every day for 3 hours the first few weeks, just to quit because it’s no fun, be more reasonable! Begin by simply making it a habit go to the gym, walk, run, or exercise at home for it least 30 minutes a day. This will be easier to accomplish and will increase your desire to go to the gym and receive further results. In addition, it has also been proven that if you make a habit to go to the gym at the same time every day you are more likely to “stick with it”.
It’s a diet world and supplements are flying off of the shelves every New Year for people seeking an easy solution to weight loss. There is no miracle pill. Be reasonable. The girl or guy on the bottle with those amazing abs, toned arms and legs did not get that way by just taking the pill. They had to go to the gym countless hours to keep their bodies up. It takes about 4 weeks to build muscle and only one week to lose muscle. It’s not fair. In addition, most diet supplements are filled with ingredients that can be harmful to your body causing heart palpitations, shaking, and much more. However, there are some natural alternatives for those seeking additional supplementation that do not have the harmful effects and can be very beneficial when trying to lose weight.
Here are a few supplements that have shown to assist in losing weight and living healthy. Just be sure to talk with your doctor or health care representative before taking any of the following:
* Garcinia Cambogia – Increase metabolism decrease appetite
* Green Coffee Bean – Increase metabolism decrease appetite
* Rasberry Keytone- Increase metabolism decrease appetite
* Coconut Oil-Contains a healthy type of fatty acid that your body quickly burns for energy
* Acai Berry – Antioxidant and assist with detox
* Chromium- Increases metabolism and decreases blood sugar
For successful, long-term weight loss, you need to stick to the basics. The basics consist of an overall healthy-eating plan and exercise. Remember, there's no magic pill for weight loss. The key to losing weight is burning more calories than you consume. Remember to choose healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean sources of protein, and to include physical activity in your daily routine. So, here we go! Let’s set your mind to it, create healthy habits and be in the 3% not the 69%. This is your year to be a HEALTHIER YOU!