Liquid Disaster

Liquid diets can be disastrous! These diets work better for people who are morbidly obese and, for health reasons, have limited options. And even then, they should only be used under close medical supervision.

Some facts to consider prior to beginning a liquid diet:

If you choose a liquid diet, what will happen when you resume eating whole foods? The liquid diet is not helping you learn good eating habits, good nutrition, or how to control portions. You may be leaving your body short of vitamins, minerals and nutrients – possibly creating serious health hazards.

Some liquid protein diets have been associated with cardiac arrythmias, and many contain high amounts of sodium which can be especially detrimental to those with high blood pressure. They can also cause too much fluctuation in blood sugar levels for diabetics and cause loss of lean body mass in people who are mildly obese.

Beware of the claims that liquid diet programs make. They are rarely backed by scientific evidence and often fail to provide important information such as how much weight people tyically regain after completion of the liquid diet. They can also cause muscle cramps, dizziness, and other negative side effects.

Liquid diets leave you longing for the pleasure of eating. We were designed to eat – just not excessively and not in conjunction with a sedentary lifestyle. Liquid diets may also lead to binge eating later.

It is much safer to set up a regular diet and exercise plan that will be better for your body and provide longterm success.

Frank Thomas is the owner of Innovations Fitness in McDonough, GA. He & his staff at Innovations are available to help you find a healthy, longterm eating and exercise plan. www.innovationsfitness.com

Too Good To Be True

Do you need to lose weight, tone up, or shape up?  First, avoid fad diets, potions, pills & creams.  If it sounds too good to be true, it is.  You can’t lose dramatic amounts of weight in a short period of time – at least not in a way that is healthy and will last.

So here are some safe weight-loss tips:

1. Watch your portion sizes.

2. Limit sugar and white flour products.

3. Don’t skip meals.  Always eat breakfast.

4.  Eat a variety of foods with plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

5. Lower your intake of saturated fat.

6. Limit sodium & cholesterol.

7. Exercise on a regular basis – 30-60 minutes on most days of the week.

8. Include strength training in your exercise program.

Don’t fall for things that are too good to be true  Lose weight the right way.

Frank Thomas is owner of Innovations Fitness.  If you need help in how to establish a proper weight-loss plan, contact him or one of the Innovations Fitness staff members at 770-898-9691.

Lesser Obesity Kills Too

Morbid obesity is a contributing factor to cardiovascular disease and a host of other medical problems, but lesser obesity kills too! Every one percent your body mass index increases, you increase your chance of heart failure by five percent. Ouch!

Nearly 5 million Americans suffer from heart failure. The heart may not completely quit on you, but it often doesn’t work as well as it should. Often it can’t pump the volume of blood it should. Excessive fatigue and shortness of breath when exercising can be two of the many warning signs of heart failure. If you experience these, you should certainly see a physician for a checkup.

Are you at risk? Do you need to lose 15-100 pounds or more? Join us at www.henrycountyweightlosscenter.com or call us at 770-892-0085, and let’s work together for a healthier heart, better body, and improved lifestyle. What are you waiting for? How is your heart beating?

Why Diets Fail

Annually a multitude of weight-loss diets flood the market. Many are heavily marketed and sell briefly but fade away as their dieters gain back their weight. The Food and Drug Administration has over 30,000 diets listed with its agency, but the truth is that no single diet works for weight control. Statistically, 98% of diets fail, and most of their patrons gain back the lost weight and often more. If a magic diet existed, everyone would use it, and none of us would be overweight.

Fad diets fail due to nutritional deficiencies and their failure to focus on things people don’t want to do – change exercise and eating habits for life. We, as a society, eat too much and exercise too little to successfully lose weight and maintain it. Therefore, it’s important to learn proper eating habits and establish a consistent training regime.

We have the help you need to make that lifestyle change! We can teach you how to make better food choices and how to increase your activity so that you can find success when it comes to weight loss. Find out more at www.henrycountyweightlosscenter.com or call this week to find out more at 770-892-0085.