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How Can I Lose Weight Over the Holidays?

By Justin Pearce, D.C.
Millpond Wellness Center

How Can I Lose Weight Over the Holidays?  Weight loss isn’t a quick jaunt; it’s often a very long journey with many turns, twists, and bumps in the road. At this time of year, things tend to become a little more hectic.  Our schedules are packed; we have events, holiday preparations, meetings, kid’s after school activities, and the list goes on and on.

We want to look our best, feel energized and let’s not forget that we’re all attempting to stave off the flu virus. However, we often get so caught up in weight loss and trying to fit into our holiday attire, that we put our health on the backburner. Here’s the kicker: To lose weight, weight loss should not be the focus.  Yes! You read that correctly! The question you should be asking yourself is, “How can I achieve optimal health?” Because that is the answer to successful weight loss.

80% of the people in our country are overweight. With fad diets, extreme lifestyle disruptions and unhealthy diet pills, and other means to control appetite, over the years, most people have lost a few pounds, only to regain them rather quickly once they stop using those means. It’s time to stop the cycle!

The Health and Weight Loss Correlation
To stop the rollercoaster of yo-yo dieting, giving up completely, or using extreme measures, the key is to focus on getting healthy.  If you’re even just a few pounds overweight, your body is inflamed. Inflammation is the root cause of disease and disorders.  These include hypertension, lipid fluctuations, organ impediments, immune dysfunction, cardiovascular issues, and brain degeneration.

When you change your mindset and focus on getting healthy, the weight loss quickly follows. Metabolic syndrome causes inflammation and weight gain. It is a condition in which the high insulin and leptin levels are resistant, causing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, and visceral fat to become significant risk factors for diabetes, heart disease, cognitive decline, and coronary disorders.

When the vessels are circulating high-glucose blood, atherosclerosis occurs at a greater intensity. Atherosclerosis is a build-up of plaque and causes hardening of the arteries throughout the entire body and brain.

Achieving Optimal Health
Getting healthy requires a new outlook. There is no magic pill or magic diet that will work for the masses. In order to achieve health, there must be a multifactorial approach to your journey. Sure, you will most likely lose weight relatively quickly, but that’s the secondary benefit of a healthy lifestyle.  So, what are the steps to harvesting optimal health?

In-depth testing and lab work is critical to understanding your body’s specific needs and the root cause of your conditions.  This will also allow the functional medicine team at Millpond Wellness Center to map out a plan that’s unique and personalized for you. This is the key to weight loss and to achieving health!Additionally, there are some basic steps to begin your health and weight loss trek. These include:

• Elimination dieting (removes inflammatory foods such as sugar and grains)
• Intermittent fasting
• Destress (lowers cortisol)
• Exercise
• Drink ½ of your body weight in water daily
• Improve your gut health (reduces systemic inflammation)
• Incorporate apple cider vinegar
• Get your hormone levels checked
• Food allergy testing
• Chronic illness and toxin testing

Millpond’s Methods
The physicians at Millpond Wellness Center custom tailor dietary recommendations, and also advocate specific supplementation and herbal therapies to improve cellular response, thyroid synthesis, and microbiome function. Millpond runs panels on hormone levels, toxins, illnesses, and they also provide food sensitivity and allergy panels to make each patient’s nutrition plan specific to their needs. For example, if an individual is allergic to citrus fruits, eliminating those from their diet could do wonders for their systemic function and overall health.

Millpond’s Synergistic Approach
Combined methods are always optimal for inflammatory conditions. At Millpond Wellness Center, their motto is, “We don’t guess—We test.” There are a variety of approaches to healing medical conditions, such as chronic pain and injuries, and at Millpond Wellness Center, they find healthier alternatives to pharmaceutical medicine. If you’re ready to end your persistent suffering, contact their team today to schedule an appointment and start your healing process.

To schedule your appointment, please contact Millpond Wellness Center today.

Millpond Wellness Center
3650 Boston Road Suite 188
Lexington, KY 40514
(859) 219-0617

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