Healthy Hoboken – April 2009

4/30/2009:

[Every month, Hoboken411 will be posting a column to give answers to Hobokenites’ most frequently asked health questions. The column is written by Dr. Laura Brayton of Hoboken Chiropractic + Wellness. Please send all health-related questions to DrBrayton@HobokenChiro.com.]

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Shedding the winter layer

“Dear Dr. Brayton,
I have gained some weight over the years and am now actively trying to take it off. There are so many diets out there and was wondering what you would recommend for someone who wants to lose weight properly and in a healthy way.

Sincerely,
Bikini or Bust

See Dr. Laura’s answer after the jump!!

(Healthy Hoboken – April 2009, continued…)

No quick fix – but there are solutions

Healthy Hoboken with Dr Laura BraytonDear Bikini or Bust,
With all of the crazy diets out on the market, it is unfortunate that more people (especially women) are trying the newest fad to lose weight quickly; looking for the magic “weight loss pill.”

However, they are finding that the even if there is temporary weight loss initially, the weight creeps back on and then maybe even extra pounds. Why is this? Well, first of all, if we look at the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) as a starting point, we can recognize that eating fried foods, processed or packaged items, and artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives is difficult for the body to break down and therefore, gets stored in the fat cells. That contributes to hormonal imbalance, including insulin (takes the sugar from the bloodstream and stores in the cells) and glucagon (which breaks down fat for energy) which are produced in the pancreas in addition to the thyroid hormones (T3 and T4).

A sluggish thyroid gland can often be the culprit for difficulty losing weight. To check your thyroid activity (in addition to blood work), take your temperature under your arm first thing in the morning even before getting out of bed for a week to see if your baseline metabolic rate is at least 97.6 degrees. Having weight fluctuation contributes to a slower metabolism which women naturally have due to decreased muscle mass. When the metabolism slows down, even decreasing caloric intake and increasing exercise will make it challenging to burn fat. Therefore, actively balancing your body’s hormones and eating a variety of fresh, non-processed foods with moderate activity will allow your body to regain its natural, healthy body weight. There is no “quick fix” to permanent weight loss but sustaining a balanced lifestyle will guide your body towards health and wellness, including looking great in that bikini!

Yours in health,
Dr. Brayton

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41 Comments on "Healthy Hoboken – April 2009"

Katie_Scarlett
Member

[quote comment=”152647″][quote comment=”152440″]I just want to add that if you’re bigger than a size 6, do the seeing world a favor and DON’T even attempt a bikini or spandex. No one, but NO ONE wants to see that.

FTR, I don’t qualify for a bikini by my own standard and do not wear one.[/quote]

Christ, I was embarrassed walking around in a tank top and workout shorts on Pier A last weekend, what with all the sunbathing Beautiful People.[/quote]
LOL . . . I just try to stay inside between April and September, makes my life easier. 😛

MF
Member

tama there are many double standards in life – women get to wear make-up and low-cut outfits and they can stand a chance no matter what their face. men can’t do a thing if their mug is ugly. on the flip side, men can be a bit overweight; women can’t. not sure who decided this, but it’s kind of the way society has been, at least for the past several decades. (maybe if you go back to 1920 or 1940 where women were curvier, it’s a different story)

Tama Murden
Member

Maybe if the woman in the photo wore the right size/style suit bottom, the cascade of flesh would be contained. That’s partly the problem there, more than the pictured woman being “obese.” (If that’s considered “fat”?!!—not toned, yes, but fat?)

How about the multitude of men, with big guts & sagging cheeks (& let’s not even discuss “man-tits”) who choose to/but should NEVER wear Speedo’s?

Perhaps Dr. Brayton’s next article on dieting & body-fat issues could feature a picture of a man, to illustrate her point? :mrgreen:

elainetyger
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elainetyger

[quote comment=”152440″]I just want to add that if you’re bigger than a size 6, do the seeing world a favor and DON’T even attempt a bikini or spandex. No one, but NO ONE wants to see that.

FTR, I don’t qualify for a bikini by my own standard and do not wear one.[/quote]

Christ, I was embarrassed walking around in a tank top and workout shorts on Pier A last weekend, what with all the sunbathing Beautiful People.

escaped68
Member

a day like today is really great on the hook and it is even better because you can run your dog without a leash up until memorial day. this is also kite flying weather and good fishing. once the summer starts it becomes hell with the bennies and animals. you must be careful with the drinking because you must run the gauntlet of potential dwi check points between the hook and the gsp. but right now it is really very nice.

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