Here’s the real secret to weight loss. (Within reason) all diets work! If you follow them strictly they will help you lose weight. That is because quite simply if your caloric intake is less than you burn you will lose weight. The problem is that they don’t work for so many people. Some of them are even dangerous.
There are many reasons that dieting doesn’t work. Some diets are unsustainable because of what they ask you to eat or not eat. Some require more prep time than you can fit in. Some are so packaged that the food they provide is not healthy. Some provide good food, but cost too much. Some are too hard for you to stick to. Some do help you lose weight, but damage your body in the process, so that you may weigh less, but you feel horrible.
The biggest reason that diets fail is because they are not lifestyle changes. Once you lose the weight you stop the diet and start behaving the same way you did before when you gained the weight. There are some programs (weight watchers, simple2lose, etc..) that do have support even after you reach your goal as well as throughout the process. But in order to be healthy you must act healthy. That doesn’t mean just after the Holidays, or for swimwear season. You must adopt a lifestyle that fits the level of health that you want.
Chiropractic care can be an ideal solution to your weight problem. Your chiropractor can help you to achieve and maintain your personal best level of health. With chiropractic care you get regular visits with your doctor who can answer questions, monitor your status and recommend changes. He can help you focus on your goals, and help you with setting realistic ones. He can provide you with education and support. Even if you choose to use a program outside of his office he can help you to achieve your best possible results. See your chiropractor about your weight loss and diet plans.
Most people know that you can gain weight due to health conditions such as depression, hypothyroidism, or even pain, due to the decreased ability to exercise. Some conditions can make us loose weight, but most people don’t want the trade off of illness for weight loss. The best way to combat these causes of weight gain or loss is to stay healthy or to improve your health. One problem with this is that many medications can cause the same symptoms of weight gain or loss.
Some of the most common categories of drugs that are known to cause weight gain are:
- Antidepressants/Mood Disorder medications
- Antihistamines (Zyrtec, Allegra, etc…)
- Blood Pressure medications
- Corticosteroids for inflammation (Asthma, Arthritis, etc…)
- Diabetes Medications
Interestingly enough people who are depressed can become more depressed because of their weight. People with heart problems or diabetes are often told that they need to control their weight to manage their symptoms, but the drugs they are given can increase their weight.
The best way to combat weight gain from drugs is not to do drugs. It may be difficult, but there are more healthy ways to combat many of these illnesses. Blood pressure, diabetes, inflammation, allergies, and even back pain can be improved, managed, and in some cases even resolved through natural means such as diet and exercise. In fact the number one most effective treatment for many of these conditions is diet and exercise. Ironically diet and exercise will also help you lose weight.
This is not to say that you won’t ever need medication, or that diet and exercise are the cure for everything, but when it comes to weight gain the best thing to do is to get and keep yourself as healthy as possible with as few medical interventions as possible. If you are trying to loose weight and having difficulty you may want to look at your medications to see if weight gain is a side effect. Then discuss changing or getting off of your prescription with your doctor. Let them know that you are trying to lose weight and improve your health. They should be happy to help you with such an endeavor.
Water does affect weight gain and weight loss, and not just because of so called water weight.
Water improves digestion (absorption, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients) circulation, cellular communication and maintenance of body temperature. Water also decreases caloric intake by filling you up. There are so many ways that water helps your body that I’m creating a post about it next.
In regards to water and loosing weight there are a few tips, but the most important to remember is to just drink enough regularly. Drinking a gallon of water all at once is not as good as drinking plenty throughout the day. Having a water bottle with you is a great way to remind yourself to drink as well as to encourage periodic drinking.
Drinking before you sit down to a meal can help you feel more full and eat less. While drinking before exercise can keep you exercising longer and with more intensity. Ideally you should keep yourself hydrated rather than drinking immediately before exercise, but for that extra hydration try drinking a whole water bottle about 1-2 hours before working out. This will allow the water to absorb into your system rather than just sloshing around in your stomach. When you’re done working out you will need to replenish that water and so you should drink at least another bottle within the 2 hours after working out.
Most people don’t keep track of how much water they drink, but everyone wants to know how much they should be drinking. A general rule is that you should be drinking at least half of your body weight (in pounds) in ounces each day. So if you weigh 150lbs you should be drinking at least 75 ounces of water every day, and that doesn’t count the extra water that you should be drinking when you work out. That’s about 2 1/2 of those plastic 1 liter sports bottles. Another way to make sure you’re getting enough is to check the color of your urine stream. If you are well hydrated your urine will be clear. The darker the urine the more water you need.