When it comes to treating weight problems, even experts believe that similar methods can be applied almost universally: Put your patients on a diet, have them engage in regular exercise, and, if all else fails, recommend some surgical procedure. What gets rarely looked at are the differences between overweight individuals that may have led to their unhealthy weight gain in the first place. Only one such study has recently been published, and the results are eye-opening.
When I first started working as a registered dietitian, I gained 10 pounds in just a few short months. I was surprised, and a bit embarrassed. After all, considering my profession, I should know better, right? Even worse, my office is smack in the middle of a fitness center. So just what the heck was going on, why was I packing on extra weight? My eating habits hadn’t changed, and I was probably working out even a little more than before. But then it hit me: The pounds I was accumulating were a direct result of my new job.
A recent study published in the medical journal Obesity revealed that late night snacking may lead to weight gain. The study’s findings have been covered extensively in the news media, with most of the coverage focusing on the reports that night owls tend to eat fast food, drink sodas, and eat less fruits and veggies compared to those who go to bed earlier.
When a person begins to put on weight, especially lethal belly fat, his or her biology shifts out of balance, veering into the unstable and unhealthy territory of disease, which in turn adds more fat. A vicious, sometimes deadly, cycle ensues unless countermeasures are taken.
New Year’s resolutions are a time to set new goals for a healthier you. Whether you are resolved to achieve a healthy weight, boost your immune system, fight inflammation, live a more peaceful life, get in touch with your environment, or simply feel and look better, the answer to all of the above is simple: Power up on a plant-based diet strategy!
Among the most popular New Year’s resolutions are losing weight and getting in shape, followed by kicking bad habits like smoking and drinking. Other favorites include making more time for family, charity, education, travel, and other goals of personal improvement. The unfortunate thing about these good intentions is that they usually don’t last and cause only more pressure and stress.
The holiday season is behind us, and while the cheering was a lot of fun, it is now time to go back to a healthier eating regimen, especially if the scale indicates that you’ve been overdoing it a little. Unfortunately, the pound or two you may have acquired over the past few weeks tend to stick around and will not easily be gotten rid of even with dieting and exercise.
“Resolution season” is upon us, that notoriously short period at the beginning of the year when people take notice of the fallout from their holiday celebrations. For some, it’s almost an annually reoccurring event, like the holidays themselves. Then after a few weeks (at best), things go back to normal as interest in better eating and lifestyle choices wanes or becomes an intermittent afterthought.