Weight Loss: Still Struggling to Drop those Holiday Pounds?

Let’s deal with a tough fact. Without a doubt there is a link between obesity and back problems. When the body carries around extra weight than is needed, it puts strains on those important areas such as the spine. (One reason we preach overall patient “wellness” which includes a healthy lifestyle.) Want an easy way to drop 500 calories a day, without breaking a sweat? I found this in a recent issue of Prevention:

“The average lunch or dinner and even some breakfasts, can run up to 800 calories or more. So by simply substituting one 300-calorie meal for a usual meal, you can cut as many as 500 calories a day. Doing so you will lose 1 lb. in a week,” according to Cathy Nonas, RD, a researcher at the New York Obesity Research Center.

For most patients, breakfast will be the easiest meal to eat nutritionally “right.” So, let’s look at the first meal of the day and see where a lower-calorie substitution can be made. Consider these relatively pain-free and nutritious alternatives:

· 1 fried egg (made with cooking spray), 2 pieces of wheat toast (dry) and a ½ cup of orange juice.

· 8 ounces of Stonyfield Farm fat-free French vanilla yogurt with 1 Tbsp. Slivered almonds, ½ medium apple sliced, 1 Tbsp. raisins and 1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed.

· 1 McDonald’s low-fat apple bran muffin and a cup of tea.

· 1 cup of Cheerios with 1 small sliced banana, 1 Tbsp. of chopped walnuts and ½ cup of fat-free milk.

These suggestions are appealing for a number of reasons. First, these are everyday foods that most people like. Dieters aren’t resigned to radical changes like cottage cheese. Second, dieters don’t end up starving themselves—a factor that often leads to cravings, binges and failure. Combine good health with chiropractic care from Back To Action, and the sky is the limit for you in 2009! If you haven’t visited a chiropractor for 90 days of more, now would be a great time to continue your great health progress. Call (425) 670-2600 to schedule. We don’t bite, I swear. Call us. We’ll see you soon!

Dr. Jerry Dreessen and Dr. Jason Gilmore – Back To Action Chiropractic

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