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  • There can be several hurdles to overcome when trying to manage one’s weight. It is no easy task, and the results are gradual (to put it nicely). However, weight management is the most important journey you can take in order to stay healthy – even if you’re not obese. In order to aid in your quest for a healthier you, we’ve compiled a list of tips that will help you reach your goal.

    Stay Active

    In the US we are often working for the greater portion of our lives. Did you know that the United States has the lowest amount of vacation time amongst all other first-world nations? Given this fact, it’s no wonder most men and women want nothing more than to relax after a hard day’s work.

    The problem is that most jobs involve sitting, standing, or otherwise remaining immobile. Between sitting behind a desk at work and sitting on a couch when you get home, weight loss can become next to impossible. The trick is to motivate yourself to get up and exercise for at least 20 minutes out of your day.

    This doesn’t mean you have to run a triathlon the minute you get home. Something as simple as walking around your neighborhood or riding a bike can do wonders for your health. If you live near a gym, pop in for 20 minutes to an hour and run on a treadmill. Try doing sit-ups or running in place while you watch television – anything that keeps you from melting onto your couch when you get home, however light or strenuous.

    Stay Motivated

    This can be the hardest step towards good health, but without staying motivated you will never see the results you desire.

    It’s discouraging to feel like you’ve put in so much hard work and effort, only to see yourself in the mirror and notice that nothing has changed. Don’t believe the mirror, changes are occurring. Whether you notice them or not, results are happening.

    Researchers have discovered that we can’t immediately observe the results of exercise. The reason being is that we are used to seeing ourselves with a terrible case of tunnel vision. While the changes are gradual, they are noticeable to those around us. When some one tells you that you’re looking better, take their word; use their observation as encouragement to keep going.

    Stay Healthy

    Around the turn of the century, hucksters and grifters used to travel from town to town, selling Snake Oil. They told passersby that this concoction would deliver instant results for whatever ailed them – from pneumonia to limps. Of course, the product never worked.

    While these men no longer travel from town to town, they do still exist in the form of salesmen. They still sell the same promise of instant results, but in the form of “Hollywood Miracle Diets”, weight loss pills, and so on.

    Due to the slow results of exercise and eating right, you’re bound to be tempted into seeking “miracle” remedies for weight loss. Before you do, think twice. More often than not these remedies invoke more harm to your body than aid, especially diets that ask you to live off of 500 calories a day.

    Yes; you will lose weight with these remedies, but you’ll also lower your body’s immune system. When this happens, you’re more likely to get sick, or even develop diseases that will ravage your body. What good is there in losing weight just to gain health problems that can’t so easily be solved?

     

    We know it’s hard, but if you keep yourself motivated and active, you will lose weight. Check us out today by simply filling out the form on our homepage to receive a consultation!

    Susiebragg

    Susie Bragg has been a Registered Nurse since 1989, and specialized in both pediatric critical care and home health nursing before she and her husband - Dr. Richard Bragg - started their own medical practice in 1998. Susie is a breast cancer survivor who developed a keen interest in nutrition as way to live healthier. To schedule an appointment, call (407) 395-4836.

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