We all need body fat in order for our bodies to function, however, too much can be dangerous. Studies performed by the American Heart Association have shown that 31.7% of US children ages 5-19 are overweight or obese. And 33.7% of US adults are considered obese. Being a healthy weight allows your blood to circulate through your body easier; this allows regulation of fluid levels to be more easily managed. Common risks of being overweight or obese include: heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and early arthritis.
What can you do to get back on track?
- Make a change! Change begins with emotionally preparing yourself for what you’re about to embark upon. If you aren’t ready emotionally, then your efforts will not be 100%. If you want to start making changes to your physical being, you need to start changing the way you think. You should always “eat to live” not “live to eat”. Know that you shouldn’t disrupt your long term goals for short term satisfaction.
- Exercise! Start out by focusing on the large muscle groups – quads, buttocks, chest and shoulders. The physical therapists at Hohman Rehab would be more than happy to assist you with the best exercises for your goals and body type.
- Eat more protein and drink lots of water! Protein is what fuels your muscles. Without it, your muscles have no way to grow and become stronger. Protein will also keep you feeling full longer because it takes longer for your body to digest than carbohydrates and sugars.
Whether you are 5 pounds overweight or 100 pounds, it’s important to get on a program that will safely help you lose the weight. Typically the hardest part of losing weight is keeping it off; so education and a good understanding of how your body processes foods is really important.
At Hohman Rehab, we have a weight loss program geared toward education and good results. Call today to reserve your seat for the next free educational event (352) 404-6908!