Parent-Child Weight Loss

Parent-Child Weight Loss

It seems that parental influence can truly impact children.  In a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers examined overweight/obese children (ages 2-5) who underwent a weight loss program with an overweight/obese parent.  In this behavioral intervention program, researchers monitored children’s weight gain over a 2 year period and found that children whose parents took part in the program gained less weight than those whose parents did not participate. In other words, their body mass index decreased.  The parents who participated lost weight, suggesting that targeting both parent and child at the same time would yield better overall results.

This weight loss program focused on teaching parents about how to choose healthy foods and to avoid bad foods such as those with high amounts of sugar.  They were also told to keep track of daily physical activity.  Through this training, parents essentially taught their children about healthy choices and were more careful in their selection of foods in their homes.  The program was focused on changing eating behaviors and choices.  Results of this study suggest that behavioral interventions in a primary care setting, and those done with parents and children together, can lead to successful changes in weight.

Studies like this support the idea that lifestyle changes and weight loss can be a group effort at home, and that involving the entire family can bring about great changes for all members of the household.  If you’re interested in learning more about how you can do this with your family, talk to your weight loss consultant at Florida Aesthetics today!      

Is Your Appetite Out Of Control?

Is Your Appetite Out Of Control?

One of the biggest obstacles that people face when they try to lose weight is their hunger and desire for food.  Typically, losing weight involves cutting back on food, which leads to more hunger.  Losing weight and changing your lifestyle for the better can also lead to a seemingly-insatiable appetite.  The more you try to adopt healthier habits and eat healthier foods, the more your body will crave the foods you don’t give it anymore.  At least in the beginning.

Eventually your psyche adjusts to the new changes and you wont feel a constant craving for the foods you’re avoiding for the sake of your health and your waist.  The hunger can be an issue, however, especially when in situations when it’s difficult to reach for a healthy snack or meal.  And it’s those situations where we find ourselves most vulnerable to our appetites.  Especially, as a new study suggests, when we’ve had a great calorie-burning workout.

It seems a bit contradictory that we work out to burn calories and get in shape only to find ourselves eating more than usual.  Preliminary evidence suggests that when we think we’ve worked hard, we seem to go easy on ourselves and consume more calories without realizing it.  If these results hold up, that means we have to be more careful than we thought in handling our hunger and appetite, both during our weight loss journey and after.

How?

We found these useful tips on ABC news and thought to share them with you:

  1. Make your workout fun, not gruesome
  2. Sleep enough every night
  3. Increase your water intake
  4. Schedule your meals (roughly)
  5. Learn to cope with stress without turning to food

These tips are excellent ways to keep yourself in check when you’re hungry, stressed, or just have a big appetite.  Also keep in mind that it helps to plan for your hunger and keep healthy snacks on hand.  Prepare your meals in advance so that you don’t end up eating out and eating unhealthy.  Keep a food journal, and most importantly, do not lose sight of your goal!  Eventually you will be able to manage your appetite much more easily as it becomes second nature to your healthier lifestyle.

If you’re interested in learning more about appetite control and weight loss, talk to your weight loss consultant at Florida Aesthetics today!

What is Microneedling?

What is Microneedling?

One way to treat your skin for various conditions and signs of aging without resorting to the most extreme forms of treatment is to undergo a procedure called microneedling.  This skin treatment is a minimally invasive and nonabrasive procedure that works to effectively take care of your skin concerns and to give you the glowing complexion that you deserve.  It is used to treat issues such as wrinkles, stretch marks, sagging skin, pigmentation, and scars that come from various sources.  It has been proven to work and may be repeated multiple times depending on the condition being treated and its severity.  How does it work?

Microneedling involves a pen shaped medical device that penetrates the skin with fine needles very rapidly to create controlled skin injury.  This procedure allows the skin to rebuild its elasticity.  It also signals skin cells to reproduce, which leads to the development of new layers of elastin and collagen.  As a result of these occurrences, skin texture, firmness, and hydration improve.  The procedure is well-tolerated, and requires protection from the sun.  Some of its benefits include:

     

    1. It works on all skin types
    2. It is cost effective
    3. It does not damage the epidermis
    4. Recovery time, compared to laser resurfacing and dermabrasion, is minimal.

    Microneedling is a great, effective, and minimally invasive procedure that can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions.  It takes between five minutes and an hour, depending on the condition being treated, and is very practical to do.  Minimal recovery time is required for patients who undergo the procedure, and side effects are not severe. Results may vary in every particular case (depending on your skin condition, age etc.).  For more information on this wonderful procedure, please contact Florida Aesthetics and Medical Weight Loss today to talk to one of our licensed medical practitioners.

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