It Doesn’t Have to Be Hard
Did you gain more weight than you would have liked while you were pregnant? Have you struggled with your weight since you were a young child? We understand that being overweight or obese can be detrimental to your mental and physical health, and leave you feeling stuck. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We believe the first step towards successful weight loss is understanding why you weigh what you do, and what underlying factors may be making it more difficult for you to shed those excess pounds.
What Causes Weight Gain?
Contrary to popular belief, not everyone who is overweight eats too much. There are many reasons and contributing factors as to why people gain weight to the point of being overweight or obese. They include:
- Not getting enough exercise for the number of calories you take in
- Hormonal imbalance
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- Sleep problems
- Some medications
How Being Overweight or Obese Affects Your HealthBeing overweight and obesity have medical definitions based on your Body Mass Index (BMI):
- Overweight = BMI over 25
- Obese + BMI over 30
Even modest weight loss can mean big benefits. You’ll lower your blood pressure, reduce joint pain, and more.
Weight Loss FAQs
Q: How fast can I lose weight?
A: This depends on your individual circumstances. We advise against rapid weight loss as promised by diet pills and fad diets. Slower, steadier weight loss is the healthiest way to lose weight. That being said, you may shed pounds faster at the beginning of a weight loss program that involves reduced calorie intake and increased exercise.
You may eventually reach a weight loss plateau, or gain muscle weight. Remember that you may lose inches but not lose much weight at some point in your program. We will help you through any rough patches.
Q: Why is it harder to lose weight with age?
A: There are basically 5 reasons it’s harder to lose weight with age:
- You’re losing muscle mass, but eating the same amount. Most people lose muscle mass as they age, and since muscle burns more calories than fat, unless you’re doing some strength training to build muscle, you’ll gain weight.
- Hormonal changes. For women, menopause causes estrogen loss and causes extra pounds to settle around your belly. For men, a drop in testosterone that comes with aging can mean the body is less effective in burning calories.
- Your metabolism slows down with age. And having more body fat and less muscle mass exacerbates the situation.
- You’re busier with work. This can mean you sit more at work and during your commute, you skip lunch and get a snack out of the vending machine more often, and you’re too tired when you get home to even think about exercise. In addition, work-related stress can cause you to eat more and drink more alcohol, leading to increased weight.
- You have major lifestyle changes. These changes can start as early as your 30s. For women, starting a family can be the beginning of a battle with weight. Suddenly, it seems as if all your time is devoted to your children and you don’t have that extra hour to work out. At least one study shows that for men, simply getting married can lead to weight gain, as can fatherhood.
Q: How often and when should I weigh myself?
A: If you’re committed to weight loss, you should weigh yourself every day, preferably when you wake up, and before eating anything. A digital scale is best to show you the progress you are making, and encourage you to keep up the good work. Gaining half a pound because of a big meal the night before can also encourage you to scale back again on the caloric intake and take the stairs at work.
Q: Do you have some easy weight loss tips that don’t involve dieting or going to the gym?
A: While we don’t encourage dieting, but rather making healthy food choices, and we always encourage our clients to use our gym facilities, there are a few easy weight loss tips you can incorporate into your daily routine. They include:
- Drink plenty of water.
- Don’t skip meals.
- Use a smaller plate or bowl.
- Park further away from the building and walk.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Get enough sleep.
How Cima Health Can HelpCima Health provides restorative, lifelong solutions that target the root cause of your weight issues. Your care will start out with a comprehensive evaluation to assess your overall health. We will also ask questions about your work and home life, lifestyle, and habits before making recommendations for an integrative plan of care. Together, we come up with non-invasive and successful weight loss programs can help you lose weight for good, achieve whole-body wellness, and live pain-free for life. Helping you with weight loss and preventing weight gain involves several treatment modalities, all of which you can receive in one location. They include:
Chiropractic CareDid you know that chiropractic care may speed up your metabolism and make it easier for you to lose weight? When your nervous system isn’t operating at peak performance, it can make it harder for your brain to communicate with your body and vice versa. That can affect how well your metabolism functions. Spinal adjustments to perfectly align your spine will reduce pressure on your central nervous system – which includes your brain and spine. And if back pain or joint pain is causing you to lead a sedentary life or stress eat, or both, adjustments targeting your pain can increase your mobility, making exercise easier. Our Palm Beach Gardens chiropractors are all highly trained professionals and include:
Functional MedicineOur functional medicine team will play an integral part in your successful path to losing weight now, and preventing weight gain in the future. We’ll start with a blood chemistry analysis that can help identify the root cause of your weight issues, if you have sensitivities or nutrient deficiencies, and more. Based on test results and our conversations with you, we’ll develop a plan that may include:
- Meal plans for weight loss
- Weight loss supplements
- Weight loss tips
Physical FitnessAn integral part of any healthy weight loss regimen is getting plenty of exercises. Combined with a healthy diet, exercising more will help you lose weight faster. Our physical fitness team of personal trainers can help develop an exercise plan that works with your current capabilities and inspires you to meet or exceed your weekly goals. As you gain strength and increase endurance, you can increase your repetitions, increase weight on the machines, and increase your aerobic exercise. We’ll be with you every step of the way to keep you motivated and on track. You’ll feel more energized, sleep better, and feel better overall. And since our gym has 24/7 availability, you can exercise no matter what your schedule is. The entire team at Cima Health works together to provide you with restorative, lifelong solutions.
Massage TherapyMassage therapy can also play a role in your weight loss plans. Massage can reduce stress, and therefore stress eating. It can also reduce muscle, back, and joint pain, which are keeping you inactive. Massage can also be helpful in recovering after a workout. Regular massage can also reduce anxiety, make you feel more relaxed, and improve your sleep.
Aesthetic ServicesAs you start to lose weight, you may notice changes in your skin, as well as stubborn areas of cellulite that just won’t go away. Stop by and book an appointment for one or more of our aesthetic services, including facials, body sculpting, skin tag removal, spider vein removal, and more. You’ll want to show off your new body, and radiate confidence.
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Live Your Best Life with Cima Health
Being overweight or obese can cause a lot of health problems. If you’re ready to lose weight in a healthy way, supervised by a caring and knowledgeable team, book an appointment today. One of our chiropractors will do a comprehensive examination to get to the root cause of your weight issues and develop an integrative plan of care to help you lose weight for good, and inspire you to achieve whole-body wellness.