Despite a $132 billion diet industry, 41% of the women, men, and children in the United States are considered obese. Obesity is associated with everything from an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes to depression and lack of confidence.
While it may seem counterintuitive that people spend so much on diets only to gain more weight than ever, the association actually makes sense. Most popular “diets” emphasize calorie restriction for short periods, and then allow you to eat as normal. That’s a set-up for failure.
At Low Testosterone & Weight Loss Center in Allen, Texas, our medical professionals help you lose weight and keep it off. By changing your diet, we increase the chances that you’ll never have to “diet” again.
Our focus for both weight loss and improved health is nutrition. When you eat a nutritious diet, it’s easier to attain and maintain a healthy weight. Here’s why.
Get back to the basics
Our hunter-gatherer ancestors (and those who still live this way) worked for their food. They literally burned calories while hunting down elusive animals and foraging for tubers, berries, and other plant foods.
Now, it's easy to eat fast food and unhealthy snacks when we are hungry. That’s a recipe for weight gain.
Our ancestors also ate nutrient-dense foods. Fresh muscle meat and organs, fibrous sweet potatoes, nuts, seeds, and fruits are all filled with the micronutrients our cells need to stay healthy and charged with energy.
In contrast, the average American diet is calorie-rich and nutrient-poor. Our goal at Low Testosterone & Weight Loss Center is to reverse that dangerous trend.
Load your diet with nutrients
Although we may recommend calorie restriction for a short period to help you shed pounds that endanger your health, our ultimate goal is to change the components of your daily diet.
Instead of relying on the quick fix of microwaved burritos and hamburgers from the closest fast-food restaurant, with our help, you’ll find delicious foods rich in micronutrients. Through nutrition, you transform your diet so you don’t have to “diet.”
In fact, when you choose the correct foods to eat throughout your day, they may help you lose weight, even if you don’t change the number of calories you eat. Just a few delicious and nutritious foods that aid in weight loss and in promoting health include:
- Free-range chicken and eggs
- Pastured meats
- Sweet potatoes
- Resistant starch
Resistant starch occurs when high-glycemic foods, such as white potatoes and white rice, are cooled and then, if you wish, reheated. Cooling changes the structure of the starch so that it’s resistant to digestion (i.e., almost no calories!).
Move like a hunter-gatherer
While we won’t send you into the jungles or on the plains to hunt down animals or require that you forage for salad in the forest, we do help you find ways to add more movement into your daily life. Just as we want to change your ideas about “diet,” we’d like to change your ideas about “exercise.”
Movement was fun when you were a kid. You called it “play.” Now, it seems, exercise is a drag. Just another chore you have to complete. Instead, think about the games and activities you’ve truly enjoyed and add them back into your life. “Exercise” could include:
- Walking with family or friends
- Swimming or other water sports
- Taking tai-chi, yoga, dance, or pilates classes
- Weight lifting
- Joining a local sports team
- Finding gym buddies
We recommend a combination of aerobic exercises, resistance training, and stretches. Switch things up so that your body and brain remain challenged and engaged.
We help you, too
If all this nutrition talk sounds like too much work and too much change all at once, don’t worry. We make it easy. We help you design a diet and exercise plan that you can incorporate into your life gradually so your new habits become second nature.
We also give you extra help at the beginning of your journey with short periods of medications that help burn fat or control hunger. You may also benefit from hormone balancing.
Finally, once you reach your goal weight, we’re still here for you. We give you advice and support so you can maintain your new nutritious diet and health-promoting exercise plan for life.
For weight loss that improves your nutrition, call us today at 214- 383-7411. You can also use our online form at your convenience.