As the number of people considered to be overweight or obese increases throughout the US, we are also seeing links between being overweight and decreases in productivity levels, higher absenteeism and higher health care costs.
If you are one of the more than 158 million Americans in the US workforce, you may be wondering about what steps you can take to help yourself and your work colleagues live a healthier, happier and more productive life.
The steps recommended by medical professionals in the business of weight loss are to make better food choices, be mindful of portion sizes, increase your metabolism and get medical support.
Getting to a Healthy Weight by Making Better Food Choices
Healthy foods provide us with the right mix of nutrients without adding more calories to our diet than we are reasonably able to burn. As we go through our day, we are faced with choices of what to eat and drink during meals and snacks. Knowing the nutritional value of the food we choose to eat is the first step in making the right choices with respect to how they will affect our body weight and body composition over time. Understanding food labels and being aware of daily recommended values is an important part of this as it is the easiest way to learn about the ingredients and caloric values of most of the foods we eat.
Getting to a Healthy Weight by Being Mindful of Portion Sizes
We understand that it is important to watch what you eat. Another important factor that affects your body weight is how much food you eat. We are fortunate to have an abundance of food in the United States – often much more food than we need to feel satisfied. When we eat more than what is recommended for our height and age, we may end up creating unhealthy eating habits that lead over time to being overweight and having too much fat in our body composition. Alternatively, we can limit ourselves to a healthy portion at meal and snack times, making it more likely we can reap the benefits of being a healthy weight and having an optimal body composition for our age and gender.
Getting to a Healthy Weight by Increasing Your Metabolism
Many of us have heard of or used the term “fast metabolism” or “slow metabolism” to describe how our bodies naturally burn fat and other nutrients. Many of us understand that having a naturally fast metabolism can lead to a leaner body composition (less fat) and having a slow metabolism can lead to being fatter. However, did you know that you can take steps to speed up your metabolism? Eating leaner protein-based foods in the right proportions and engaging in exercises that build lean body mass can significantly speed up your metabolism and help you get and stay lean!
“We are fortunate to have an abundance of food in the United States – often much more food than we need to feel satisfied.”
Getting Medical Support
Losing weight by making the right lifestyle choices isn’t easy. In fact, it can be very difficult to know both what to do and how to do it. Fad diets and extreme exercise programs abound, but they can damage your health and it has been proven that they often result in the long term with people returning to their previous state of being overweight or obese.
So how can a person interested in changing their eating and exercise habits get started on a plan that will work for them? The first step is to reach out to a medical professional with the expertise and experience to help you lose weight in a healthy and sustainable way.
Dr. Amir’s Weight Loss and Metabolism Center
Dr. Amir’s Weight Loss and Metabolism Center’s program is proven scientific medical weight loss. The program features both in-person and telehealth plans to meet your needs.
You take control of your weight loss goals with a specialized plan that is tailored to your physique, lifestyle and food preferences. We serve adolescents, adults and families alike with full medical consultations, goal setting, individualized programs to fit your health status and needs. Dr. Amir is a Cleveland Clinic Trained and Board Certified Obesity/Weight Physician with Advanced training from Harvard and Cornell Obesity programs with 18 years of general medical experience.
If you are looking for a program that can be tailored to you and is based on medical science, then contact Dr. Amir’s Weight Loss and Metabolism Center today for a first consultation.