Weight Loss Specialist

Advantage Spinal Dynamics & Innovative Medicine

Integrative Medicine & Chiropractic located in Meridian, ID

Shedding excess weight is one of the best ways to boost your health and vitality, yet it can be difficult to lose weight and keep it off on your own. If you’re finding it hard to lose weight, the expert team at Advantage Spinal Dynamics & Innovative Medicine in Meridian, Idaho, can create a personalized diet and exercise plan to help you achieve your weight-loss goals. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.

Weight Loss Q & A

Advantage Spinal Dynamics & Innovative Medicine

Why should I worry about being overweight?

Being overweight or obese is linked to a number of serious health conditions, including:

  • Cancer
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Kidney disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes

In addition to these serious health risks, you can suffer a reduction in quality of life, as it’s harder to cope with physical activity and you suffer more aches and pains and digestive issues. Being overweight is often linked with emotional disorders such as anxiety, low self-esteem, and depression as well.

What are the components of a healthy weight-loss plan?

At its most basic level, weight gain or loss is straightforward. If you eat more calories than you burn off, you’ll gain weight. If you eat fewer calories than you burn off, you’ll lose weight. The best way to lose weight, therefore, is to consume fewer calories and increase your physical activity.

Healthy weight loss plans follow tried and tested rules like:

  • Eat smaller portions
  • Reduce or cut out sugar and unhealthy fats
  • Eat more fiber
  • Drink more water
  • Increase daily physical activity
  • Reduce stress
  • Engage in regular, structured exercise

To achieve sustainable weight loss and avoid yo-yo dieting, it’s important to make changes to your lifestyle, which is far easier to achieve with a medically supervised weight-loss program from the skilled support team at Advantage Spinal Dynamics & Innovative Medicine.

Why is it often so hard to lose weight?

Behind the simplicity of calories in and calories out, there are a number of factors that could affect your ability to lose weight successfully. For example, you may have an underactive thyroid, which can slow your metabolism and make it harder to burn off the calories you consume.

Being able to understand which factors are affecting you, and managing those issues correctly, is challenging. Factors affecting weight gain include:

  • Lifestyle
  • Pre-existing health conditions
  • Mobility
  • Mental health
  • Metabolism
  • Regular medications
  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Family circumstances
  • Food and nutrition knowledge
  • Stress levels
  • Undiagnosed health problems

Any or all of these factors come into play when you try and lose weight, and make it harder to achieve sustained and healthy weight loss. At Advantage Spinal Dynamics & Innovative Medicine, the integrative medicine team understands how all these factors influence an individual’s ability to lose weight successfully. They look at all these factors and use the information to create a customized weight-loss plan for each patient, including prescribing medication if necessary.

For the most effective solution to your weight-loss problem, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.