Ask the Doctor: “Doctor, I packed on the pounds over the holidays. What can I do to lose some of this weight? Help!”

Hey, you’re not alone. According to nutrition experts, the average American gains 6 pounds during the holidays. There are a number of excellent & simple things my patients can do to shed pounds. Let’s dive right in to some of them…

    ** Start with diet and nutrition! A recent study showed that 2/3rds of all disease is linked to diet. Another study of people diagnosed as obese showed that a better diet would help 82% of them to lose weight. For guidance on proper diet and nutrition combined with an effective chiropractic program, give us a call at 309.692.6800.  We can help get you started in the right direction, and it’s easier than you think.

  ** Change behavior! A study made by the Mayo Clinic found that being overweight was linked to negative behavioral patterns. Patterns such as smoking, drinking too much coffee, eating unconsciously, snacking and the like. All these are nothing more than behaviors, and behaviors can be changed.

  ** Begin a light exercise program! The key is to generate positive momentum. How many bites does it take to eat an elephant? One bite at a time. In other words, the task of losing weight can seem daunting. However it’s better to just start. Do something, anything, to begin making small positive changes in behavior. This small “first step” will bleed over into other areas of your life (i.e. changing negative behaviors, improving self-esteem, etc.) which will only propel you further down the right health path.

l        Take an evening walk with a loved one.

l        Join the local gym.

l        Purchase (or rent) a yoga video

l        It’s better to just do something, even if it’s considered light exercise…

By the way, no health program would be complete without Chiropractic Wellness. (You knew that was coming, didn’t you?) Seriously, if you haven’t been into our office for some time OR you have experienced pain for more than 72 hours, it’s time to come back in. We’re here to help!

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