Obesity and Its Impact On Health

Obesity is the term used to describe excessive overweight and is defined as an excess proportion of total body fat. It is a known fact that being overweight is hazardous to your health. Your weight has a great impact on your overall well being. For example, losing as little as 10 lbs. can increase your energy levels and stamina, lower your risk of stroke, lower your blood pressure and help control your blood sugar levels.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines obesity as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health. Unfortunately, over 70% of the general population in the US is considered overweight. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese and that Obesity-related conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, are some of the leading causes of death.

Obesity and BMI

Among health professionals, it is generally agreed upon that a person is considered to be obese when his/her weight reaches, or exceeds, 20% above normal weight. Body Mass Index (BMI) is the most commonly used measure of overweight and obesity. It takes into account a persons height and weight to provide a generally reliable indication of whether a person is of healthy weight, overweight, or obese. According the World Health Organization (WHO), a person is considered to be overweight if his/her BMI is greater than or equal to 25 and a person is considered obese if his/her BMI is over 30.

What Contributes to Obesity

A number of factors play a role in the rise in obesity in the United States. Americans are consuming a greater number of calories and moving less than did previous generations. As a whole, we have become more sedentary. In addition, we have come to rely more on fast food and meals in restaurants for sustenance. These two factors, in combination with the addictive properties of many junk foods (salty and sugary) have made us a less healthy people.

Obesity may develop over a relatively long period of time. What does this mean? The gigantic meals we have during holidays and the extra servings of dessert we help ourselves to at parties, picnics, etc. are all contributing to the expansion of our waistline. Eating excessively just a few times a month (or eating out) can add a couple of pounds to our weight every year.

More important than this is the fact that we dont always know how much were eating. A recent study found that Americans underestimate the number of calories they consume at restaurants, fast food places, and coffee shops. Not knowing how much were eating can lead to a surprising increasing in our weight throughout a single year!

A little bit of weight gain doesnt seem all that bad, but look at it this way: For every year that you dont drop the extra one or two pounds youve casually gained, youre bringing yourself closer to the danger zone. Fortunately, we can help!

Is Obesity treatable?

Fortunately, overweight and obesity can be successfully treated if taken seriously. People who seek professional advice and who have the discipline and will to adjust their lifestyle, eating habits and physical activity levels actually lose weight.

If you need help in losing weight and staying healthy, allow us the chance to be a part of your efforts. Our physicians will give you sound advice that takes into consideration your current health conditions. In addition, our weight loss and nutrition coach will design a holistic weight loss plan for you and will commit to working with you until your reach your weight goal. Remember, that losing weight is not magic and will take effort and discipline, but having the support of a professional coach will help keep you on track.

Diet Myths

Diet Myths

I don’t need a diet, I will just eat less!

This statement does not always hold to be true. Depending on how much less you eat, you may or may not lose weight. Cutting back excessively on food (i.e. extreme diet) will cause your body to slow down its metabolism. As a result, weight loss becomes increasingly difficult, if not impossible.
Cutting back moderately on how much you eat every day may actually help you on your weight loss journey. The key is moderation.

One trick that will help those of you who are eating less and not seeing results is for you to add exercise to your daily routine. This will help to boost your metabolism and, in a way, counteract the slowing down of your metabolism that may result from eating less.

I can diet alone!

Most people talk about dieting far more often than they actually do. Even if you know the appropriate foods and quantities, it is sometimes difficult to stick to your new eating plan without someone supporting you and your weight-loss goals.
Join a weight-loss support group, or ask a close friend or family member to be your accountability partner to help keep you focused and on track.

Never eat between meals!

In fact, health professionals strongly recommend eating low-calorie, high-energy snacks such as cucumbers, carrot sticks, rice cakes and whole grain crackers to tide you over until your next meal. So, if you like to snack, grab a bag of raw veggies to fend off the vending machine temptations.
Another option is to eat 5-6 small meals a day. Research suggests that doing so may help keep your metabolism going (and prevent it from slowing down) throughout the day. In addition, eating small meals frequently helps to maintain energy levels, decreases appetite, and may prevent overeating.

The important thing to keep in mind is that failing to eat regularly, whether it be 3 meals with healthy snacks in between or 5-6 small meals, will likely slow down your metabolism and thus decrease your overall calorie burn over the long run.

All calories are equal!

On the contrary, your diet will not work if you substitute ice cream for an equally caloric and fatty meal.
Studies show that calories derived from fat are more fattening from calories derived from carbohydrates and protein rich foods. It seems that the body burns calories to convert carbohydrates and protein into fat for energy whereas extra fat calories consumed are stored in the body as is.

Protein is the best diet food!

Most of us believe broiled fish and chicken are key weight reducers; however, excess protein that our body does not need or use for energy, is stored as fat.

Exercising makes me hungrier!

Exercise suppresses appetite temporarily. Depending on the type of exercise, it may also increase hunger. Adding regular exercise to your lifestyle leads to increased metabolism and muscle growth. Over time, this may lead to increased hunger. In addition, engaging in new/intense activities may also cause hunger immediately after being introduced to your lifestyle. This hunger is not a bad thing. It is important, however, not to overeat as a result of this hunger.
One suggestion to prevent weight gain is this: quiet your hunger with a low-calorie, high protein snack, such as a handful of almonds or a banana and skim milk.

I can lose weight if I skip breakfast!

Breakfast is a must, even if you are not dieting, you need a healthy, fibrous meal to start the day and give you enough energy so you do not burn out. Even if you only snack on some fruit, yogurt or a piece of whole grain toast on the way out the door in the morning, you are getting your energy.
Studies show that people who eat breakfast lose more weight and eat less throughout the day, than do people who don’t eat breakfast. Eating breakfast keeps the metabolism from slowing down early on in your day, which is what happens if you function for too long without fueling your body.

Diets do not work!

This myth is perpetrated because an estimated 95 percent of those who lose weight by following some type of diet plan or weight-loss program, gain the weight back, and sometimes more. When you go to lose weight, using the word diet can be a negative word, so look at this phase of weight-loss as a complete lifestyle change and behavioral modification plan; something that you know you will be able to maintain far beyond you lose the initial weight. Do not go back to your old eating habits once you have lost the weight that you have worked so hard to lose.
Ultimately, successful weight loss depends on healthy, permanent lifestyle changes. Extreme dieting and/or engaging in extreme exercise regimens, makes it much more difficult to maintain weight loss and healthy lifestyle changes. It is difficult to stick to an extremely depriving diet or to an intense workout routine. Because of this, gradual changes are the key to successful weight loss and lifestyle changes.

I just started exercising; why am I gaining weight?

I just started exercising; why am I gaining weight?

If youve noticed your weight going up after starting an exercise program, dont panic! It doesnt necessarily mean that youre doing anything wrong, or that youre going in the wrong direction. There can be some obvious and not-so-obvious reasons why youre gaining weight.
Your first step is to determine if what youre gaining is actually fat weight or muscle weight. Muscle is denser than fat, but takes up less space. If you gain muscle, your scale weight may go up, even if youre slimming down. Rather than just using a scale to measure your progress, you should take measurements of your waist and hips and watch the inches fall away.
I am exercising, but why cant I lose weight?

I am exercising, but why cant I lose weight?

Genes may be the reason you do not see weight loss where you want to and asking yourself why can’t I lose weight. Fat cells are present all over our body. Genetics determine where fat cells are positioned and the quantity laid down in each area. Some people have more fat cells around the belly area, and some people carry the fat cells more in the bum or thighs. If you have more fat cells around your thighs, then you may draw more energy from there and less from around the stomach. We cannot decide where our body takes the energy from. If you do not notice any weight loss in certain areas, this may be why.

One key point to keep in mind: Adding exercise to your routine does not mean that you will, by default, begin to shed pounds. Oftentimes, individuals take the addition of exercise to their lives to mean that they can eat more, or that they can indulge freely in high-calorie and/or unhealthy foods. This, unfortunately, is not true. Exercise can and will help weight loss successfully if you are eating well. The key to weight loss, as it relates to exercise, is to maintain a healthy and balanced diet and avoid those foods that can push your calorie consumption higher than it should go.

Microdermabrasion: Easy & Effective Facial Treatment!

Microdermabrasion: Easy & Effective Facial Treatment!

Every so often, our skin requires some sort of cleaning and freshening up that takes care of dead skin cells and sun or age-related damage. As is true of all our skin, the facial skin cells die, which affects its appearance. In addition, age, sun, and other factors may cloud our complexion. One way to effectively deal with these issues in a more natural and minimally invasive way is to use medical microdermabrasion facial treatment.

Medical microdermabrasion facial treatment is a method that cleans and then removes the top layer of your skin. It uses a wand that uses an abrasion technique that gently rids your face of impurities. The process takes up to thirty minutes and is followed by the application of a hydrating cream to keep your skin rejuvenated. There is no recovery time.

This innovative facial treatment process is used to treat dead and aging skin, sun spots, wrinkles, and acne scars. Its a great option for those who are looking for a gentle method to treat skin concerns and its proven to work. At Florida Aesthetics, we are happy to provide you with any information you would like concerning microdermabrasion facial treatment.  Please don’t hesitate to call us to talk to one of our licensed medical practitioners.


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