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Diet and Exercise Aren’t Always Enough

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Have you made significant changes to your lifestyle by incorporating diet and exercise, but you’re still struggling to lose weight? While there are plenty of health benefits that coincide with a healthy diet and exercise plan, it can be frustrating if the scale stays the same. If this sounds familiar, chances are your diet and exercise plan are not enough. Working closely with Sarah at Arcadia Wellness Center can provide you with a path to finding a solution to weight loss. There are many reasons why we struggle to lose weight, but understand the underlying causes and visiting with a professional can help.

Do you Drink Enough Water?

You already know how important it is to drink enough water, but are you really drinking enough water? Drinking water before and after meals can help encourage portion control, while eating foods high in water content such as fruits and veggies will fill you up faster causing you to eat less. Staying hydrated is essential to an overall healthy lifestyle, and it can help discourage cravings. Stay hydrated throughout the day and add more while active to help kick-start your weight loss.

Do you Spend Enough Time Exercising?

If your fitness plan only includes a 15-minute stroll around the block, it’s not enough. To lose weight you need to kick it up a few notches and incorporate both weight training and cardio into your routine. With the help of the wellness coaches at Arcadia Wellness Center you can find solace in knowing what to do when the scale isn’t working in your favor. The recommended amount of time of heart-pumping exercise is at least 30 minutes a day. Calorie burning is found in running, interval training, hiking and spinning. To stay motivated, try switching it up and keep those short strolls to an evening activity after you’ve put in your 30 minutes of cardio.

Eliminating Excess Sugars

Beverages that are loaded in sugar are a common culprit behind not losing weight. Even beverages that claim to be healthy (such as VitaminWater) are loaded with sugar. Fruit juices and soda are also to blame, yet cutting back or completely eliminating these added calories from your diet can have a significant impact on your weight loss.

Could It Be Something Else?

For some people, diet and exercise is not enough; there is an underlying cause for lack of weight loss. Some medications, hormone imbalances, and genetics also play a role in how our bodies lose weight. If you’ve been committed to a diet and exercise plan and the scale isn’t saying otherwise it’s time to seek the help of a professional. At Arcadia Wellness Center, Sarah works closely with patients to help identify what obstacles are keeping you from reaching your personal goals. Patients will never feel rushed or that their personal needs are being neglected. There is always time to ask questions and share your concerns to make each visit the best it can be every time.