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To help keep our patients and visitors healthy for life, we’ve created a service where we answer the most popular questions people have about health and nutrition.

What is more important when you’re trying to lose weight—working out or cutting calories?

This is a very common question that people ask when they visit our nutrition counseling center. While exercise is fundamental to being healthy for life, working out alone will not lead to weight loss—though cutting calories can. However, we do stress that the most ideal scenario is to incorporate both into your lifestyle.

Dieting alone affects greater changes in your body’s caloric balance than just exercise, as caloric balance is ultimately what leads to weight loss. However, we strongly encourage our clients to exercise for a variety of reasons besides just improving health and fitness levels.

For starters, working out helps keep your eating under control. Most people who work out regularly limit their consumption because they don’t want to sabotage all the hard work they’re putting in at the gym or in exercise classes. No one wants to waste all the good they’re doing by eating unhealthy foods. Another obvious reason why we promote exercise as a part of weight loss management is obvious—it revs your metabolism and burns calories. However, working out does not burn as many as most people believe.

Often times, individuals trying to lose weight begin an exercise program under the assumption that working out will melt away the pound. The truth is, our bodies are highly efficient—when you exert yourself and limited your caloric intake, your body will react accordingly, an actually metabolize less fat.

While it’s true that workouts burn calories, what’s even more important to keep in mind is that it sensitizes our bodies to insulin, the hormone that helps regulate the sugar levels in our bodies. Working out helps to keep insulin levels low, which is essential to weight loss as it is somewhat responsible for the accumulation of fat in our bodies. So workouts are important to losing weight both directly and indirectly.

When you work with a nutrition counseling center like ours, we help you to tailor our weight loss management recommendations for your lifestyle, and use our up-to-date scientific and medical knowledge to find the best type of plans for you, so that you can maintain the results over the long-term and truly become healthy for life.

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To help keep our patients and visitors healthy for life, we’ve created a service where we answer the most popular questions people have about health and nutrition.

What is “bad cholesterol and how do I lower it?

cholesterolCholesterol is a waxy substance in your cells that performs useful functions in your system. It doesn’t just dissolve in your bloodstream, it has to be carried to and from your cells by “lipoproteins.” Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL) are what we call “bad” cholesterol, as they are comprised primarily of fat with only a small amount of protein. When large amounts of LDL circulate in your bloodstream, it builds up on the artery walls, forming a type of hard, thick plaque that decreases the flexibility of your arteries and narrows them, known as atherosclerosis, putting you at greater risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke. Desirable levels for those with the goal of becoming healthy for life are less than 100 mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter).

“Good” cholesterol is what we call High Density Lipoproteins (HDL), which has a much higher content level of protein than it does fat. HDLs help clear LDLs out of your bloodstream and deliver them to your liver so they can be broken down and not clog your arteries. The higher the level of HDLs in your system, the greater chance you have to be healthy for life. Most nutrition counseling guidelines refer to desirable levels as those higher than 40 mg/dL for men and higher than 50 mg/dL for women.

High Cholesterol FoodsFoods high in saturated fats and trans fats can raise your LDL levels. Some of the worst culprits are foods with saturated fats such as fatty meats like rib-eye steaks and cheeseburgers, dairy products with whole milk such as cream, ice cream, whole-milk cheeses and butter. Other foods with high levels of saturated fats include lard, egg yolks, macaroni and cheese, as well as palm and coconut oils. Foods that contain trans fats are processed and fried foods such as French fries, chips, onion rings, and foods made with white flour such as bread, crackers, muffins, cookies, cake and doughnuts.

It’s ideal to visit a nutrition counseling center to learn about which foods can help you reduce your cholesterol levels. In the meantime, start by avoiding or reducing intake of the abovementioned foods and increase your consumption of “good” cholesterol. Also—get moving! A sedentary lifestyle can contribute to higher levels of “bad” cholesterol, so it’s essential to increase daily activity and to follow an exercise program. Even low intensity exercise such as a walking program can decrease bad cholesterol.

To increase your levels of HDL, start by upping your intake of “healthy fats” such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, as well as and soluble fiber. Good sources of healthy fats include those with a high content of omega-3 fatty acids, such as fatty fish like salmon, halibut and tuna, as well as olive oil, canola oil and avocados. Nuts also are a great source of healthy fat, such as walnuts, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts and pistachio nuts. Foods that contain soluble fiber include fruit, steel cut oatmeal, barley, kidney beans and peas.

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Nutrition CounselingWhen someone suffers from chronic weight gain or obesity, often times there are underlying causes that the individual may not be aware of. These reasons can range from emotional eating patterns to a sluggish metabolism caused by thyroid dysfunction. When you work with the doctors at our nutrition center, we don’t just throw a quick fix at you—we ask questions and analyze eating behaviors to determine the root of the problem so that instead of struggling with weight issues, you can be healthy for life.

Nutrition counseling helps us get to the bottom of weight gain and the inability to lose weight so that we can recommend the best weight management programs for our patients. Whether we suggest attaining better health through nutrition, a workout program or both, our goal is to help you transform your lifestyle so that you can achieve long term weight loss. We teach our patients how to lose weight in a healthy manner and how to keep it off by eating a well-balanced diet.

At our nutrition center, we work to help you dismantle the habits that lead to weight gain and obesity. We help you develop an eating plan that is best suited for your body’s caloric needs, while making suggestions for the best foods to eat. In addition, we will share ways for you to pair a workout program with your eating plan so that you can maximize your weight loss while improving overall health and wellness. Our patients lose weight while enjoying many other important benefits, such as reduced risk of disease, increased energy and improved sleep.

Our nutrition counseling helps you to achieve your goals safely, in a short period of time. We work together with you to diagnose your nutritional requirements and customize a weight loss management plan tailored to your individual needs. We help you to lower your BMI, lose inches, increase energy and, most importantly, become healthy for life.

If you struggle with rebounds and plateaus, and are unable to keep weight off for the long term, our weight management programs can help you change your life permanently.

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A facility where many people who are interested in improving their lifestyle and living a healthy life go to is a weight loss management center. The fact is, it is hard to lose weight, which is even more true in situations where a medical condition contributes to this issue. These facilities are available to help individuals through their experience.

It does not matter if you have lost a few inches in the past and are having trouble keeping that off, if your doctor advised you to lose because of a health condition, or if you have finally decided to live a healthy lifestyle, these facilities may be helpful. Every place will be different. With that said, most offer education about nutrition, lowering risk of disease and how to stay healthy.

Typically, there are programs and plans that clients can sign up for. Medical professionals are always present to make sure that all that is done is done in a safe manner and will not cause harm to the individuals. Consulting with these professionals is crucial to setting up a plan that works for your personal needs and desires.

Some places offer meal plans and gyms as part of their services to clients. Even without these amenities, staff should be able to recommend places or weight loss products for clients to use. Seminars and education courses on how to get healthy may be held at the center on occasion.

In some facilities, clinical staff members may conduct occasional analysis of their clients. This is done to make sure that progression is taking place. If there are no changes, this is when the staff will begin to troubleshoot to try to remedy the issue. The results people receive are expected to vary, but it is common for individuals to experience a drastic drop early on.

People who have set goals to lose a couple of inches and live a healthy lifestyle, may choose to go to a weight loss management center. It is at these facilities that they are able to receive professional support, guidance and advice as they try to reach their goals. All centers offer different benefits and results.


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