Spring Tune Up

With Spring just around the corner, you may be planning to clean out the garage, basement or your yard.  How about giving your body a Spring Cleaning/Detox?

Many patients ask me, “Doc, I’ve gained a few pounds over the winter, and I need to lose the weight.  What should I do?”  First, remember the 1st Law of Thermodynamics.  You must burn more calories than you take in to lose weight.  A lot of people make the mistake of assuming they can “burn off” whatever food/calories they consumed that day by going to the gym and spending an extra half-hour or so on the treadmill.  This strategy will get you nowhere.  It just doesn’t work.  I’ve found that completely revamping the diet all at once can be difficult and demotivating.  So I tell patients to pick one or two bad habits and work to change only those to begin.  For example, let’s say you typically drink a couple diet cokes each day.  One for lunch and one for dinner.  Work on eliminating that toxic stuff first by cutting it down to one per day for a few weeks and then completely a few weeks after that.  Another common problem is waiting till the end of the day to eat.  So many of us skip breakfast, have a small lunch and really gorge ourselves for dinner.  This will almost certainly result in weight gain.  To remedy this, I suggest making a point to eat something for breakfast.  It could be a couple of grapes.  Just get something into your system.  This will turn up your metabolism and help your body burn more calories throughout the day.  Then you need to eat a decent sized lunch.  The goal here is to fill your stomach up enough that you’re not famished by dinner.  That will make it easier to avoid overeating when you finally sit down for your last meal.  Think of a pyramid.  The largest meal in the morning tapering down as the day progresses.  Remember, if you sleep on a full stomach, the body can’t utilize all those calories, so it has no choice but to store them.  And yes, you guessed it.  It is stored as fat!

Here at the office, we routinely counsel our practice members on all aspects of health and wellness.  A proper functioning nervous system is paramount to a healthy body, but ignoring diet, exercise and mental well-being leaves you less than optimal.  We will explore foods to acquire and foods to avoid in future posts.  Before you embark on changing your diet, exercise etc…, it would be wise to consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner to make sure any specific issues you have are addressed.  Here at Total Health Chiropractic, the staff is trained and able to determine your individual needs.  We are happy to schedule same day appointments.  Call today (824-1200), schedule a checkup and optimize your health!

-Dr. Hoeft


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