Healthy Hoboken: April 2010
[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.]
Need help shedding winter coat!
“Dear Dr. Brayton,
I am gearing up for the summer and want to look good and feel comfortable in my summer clothes. I put on a couple pounds over the winter and although I am back to exercising fairly regularly, the extra pounds are not budging! I have been making an effort to eat diet foods and limiting my calorie intake so why can’t I lose the weight?!
Eat fresh and get active!
I sympathize with your frustration on achieving a healthy weight; it is a common complaint in my office and not only affects self-esteem and self-confidence but can lead to other health concerns including diabetes, high blood pressure, and joint pain. During the colder, winter months, our bodies naturally slow down and go into “hibernation mode.”
However, now that the weather is becoming warmer, it is a great time to eat lighter, seasonally fresh vegetables and fruits. Choosing foods that are fresh and not packaged dramatically impacts the sugar, calorie, fat, and chemical components. Diet food especially tends to be loaded in sugar to compensate for the decreased fat; unfortunately, excess glucose (sugar) in the body is converted to fat if not burned off. Additionally, diet food tends to use artificial sweeteners and other unnatural ingredients that the body is unable to digest and to process in a healthy manner, causing insulin resistance. Knowing how to choose low glycemic index foods and how to read food labels is extremely important in regulating the metabolism and assisting the body in burning excess fat. Remember also that as you increase your muscle mass (lean tissue), the number on the scale may not change dramatically but your clothes will feel looser as muscle weighs more than fat.
Having a healthy lifestyle of eating should be a permanent way of life and will promote wellness as opposed to yo-yo dieting where the weight is up and down and tends to creep upwards with each “fad” diet.
Free seminar this week!
To learn more about how to eat healthy for life, please attend a complimentary seminar at my office (50 Harrison St. – Suite 16) on Thursday, April 15th at 7pm. Call the office at 201-792-3544 to reserve your spot.
Yours in health,