It’s impossible to avoid the message that maintaining a healthy weight is crucial for your overall wellness. Many people take this message to heart and then struggle with the weight loss battle. After all, food is one habit you can’t simply avoid. Eating gives your body the fuel you need to function, so it’s important to continue the intake of nutrients while limiting calorie overload.
If you’re struggling with the effort to shed extra pounds, why not enlist the help of our team at Saravit Wellness? Physician-led weight loss coaching gives you an advantage over solo efforts. Board-certified family physician Siatta Dunbar, DO, and her team provide you with valuable wellness oversight through your weight loss journey, helping you make sustainable changes that can last a lifetime.
Nutrition is the focus
Diet and exercise pair together in every weight loss conversation, it seems. Yet, despite the implication that they’re equal partners, that’s not the case at all. It’s true that weight loss happens when you burn more calories than you consume, but it’s easier to tip the balance in your favor by changing your eating habits.
While physical activity offers its own slate of wellness contributions, exercise burns far fewer calories than most people expect.
There’s also the place that food holds in your life. Most health-friendly wellness plans suggest that adding 30 minutes of moderate exercise five times a week provides significant health benefits as well as increasing your calorie expenditure. That’s five opportunities per week to improve your health through physical activity.
But eating three meals a day offers 21 chances per week to up your wellness game. This gives you a general idea of the importance of healthy eating as part of a long-term wellness plan. You naturally spend more time with food than with exercise, so make those foods work for you.
Food as medicine
Once you’ve committed to calorie reduction, your next focus is considering which calories to use and which to lose. Calories are units of energy, and so their measure says nothing about the quality of the food that delivers those units.
Setting a goal of 1,500 calories a day, for example, is a good start. But if those calories come from sugary drinks and processed food, you may find your health isn’t supporting your desire for improvement. Also, these foods tend to be calorie-rich, so you’d have to eat tiny quantities that might not fill you up, driving cravings that send your weight loss goals spiralling down.
Choosing 1,500 calories of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean protein instead gives you food in quantities that please your eyes as well as your stomach. In addition, you’re better placed to provide your body with natural versions of nutrients necessary for efficient self-maintenance. Fiber from fresh foods keeps you feeling full and aids your digestive health.
Nutrition is a crucial component of your successful weight loss plan and one that deserves your best effort. When you’re looking to lose weight and start a healthful journey through the rest of your life, contact us at Saravit Wellness in Burnsville, Minnesota, by phone or online to request a consultation. We also offer telemedicine appointments.