Weight Loss

Get on Track to Wellness

Staying healthy and active is an important part of life. Our emotional and mental health are equally as important as our physical health. What we nourish our body with, physically and mentally, has a huge impact on our overall wellness. There are plenty of ways to bring fun and enjoyment to nurturing our physical and mental bodies.

Meditation – Breath work is a great way to relax the body and mind. Not only will it bring peace and tranquility to you, calming the internal storm, but it promotes positive thinking which in turn creates positive output.

Yoga – a great tool for centering and grounding your energy. With a series of stretches and poses, you’ll gain both physical and mental strength and flexibility.

Physical Activity – Find an activity that’s fun for you, whether it be a sport, a bike ride, or dancing, and make it a part of your daily routine. This will help to instill healthy habits into your everyday life.

Cooking for Wellness – Just as physical activity is important, so is a healthy diet. Buy whole fresh foods at your local market and cook in a clean way. Focus on lean proteins, such as fish and poultry, low starch veggies, mainly green leafy veggies, and low sugar fruits such as berries which are rich in antioxidants. Sprinkle in healthy fats like oils and nuts as well as healthy whole grains like quinoa and brown rice.

Feed your body and feed your soul. Try some of these fun and engaging activities and create your own wellness routine today!


What is the difference between hunger and cravings?

Hunger is caused by a physical need for food. Cravings are usually caused by emotional needs and emotional cravings can often lead to binging. Listening to our body will allow us to better understand what our body truly needs.

The good news is there are ways to know the difference between cravings and hunger.  Here are the most important ones:

Cravings

Are often for comfort foods, i.e., fatty foods and sweets
Are usually caused by negative feelings such as sadness or anxiety
Usually leads to unhealthy eating that make us feel guilty later
Increase during pregnancy and a woman’s menstrual cycle
Can occur even if you just ate
Pass with time unlike hunger

Hunger

Occurs when you have not eaten for some time
Causes a rumbling stomach, headache, or weakness
Gets worse with time and does not pass
Can be satisfied with healthy food
Is not specific to a singular food

Once we know the difference, we will be able to answer, “Am I really hungry?”


Active Lifestyle Program

Are you currently exercising? If it is yes, we have a program perfect for you! It’s for individuals who have less significant weight-loss goals and lead a more active lifestyle. The primary focus is to continue building muscle while losing body fat. This Active Lifestyle Program is optimized to provide significant weight loss for individuals who are moderately active, whether they are engaged in a regular workout routine or they have a job that requires significant physical activity.

Physical activity and exercise can have immediate and long-term health benefits. Most importantly, regular activity can improve your quality of life, helping us to age well.  Exercising regularly helps people lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, and lower the risk of many diseases including obesity, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

There are many benefits of regular exercise including:
Boosting your mood, making you feel happy

  • Helping with weight loss or weight management
  • Strengthening your muscles and bones
  • Increasing your energy level
  • Reducing your risk of disease
  • Enhancing your brain health and memory
  • Improving your sleep quality

Regular exercise will give you more energy to get through your day.  Get creative! By keeping it fun and an activity you enjoy, it will most likely be something you’ll build into your daily routine and lifestyle!  Ask for our Active Lifestyle Program today.


Are Toxins Blocking your Weight Loss Efforts?

Every weight-management program should include a detoxification component. In addition to being an emergency energy source, the body’s non-essential fat reserves serve as a depository for toxic substances. Heavy metals and other toxins are encapsulated in the fat cell. When doing our program our unique Weight Management Formula stimulates the brain to release FAT from the cells. As that fat is solubilized, the toxins that have been deposited in it will be released into the bloodstream. Unsupported, the body’s elimination systems will be unable to keep pace with the increased flow of toxins. Most importantly these TOXINS cause your metabolism to slow down, such that you gain weigh much more easily and lose it with a lot of difficulty. This is one of the reasons why some people experience more plateaus than others. This increase in toxicity will also inhibit the immune system, which is why we incorporate the Detox Formula into the program.

If the idea of detoxing appeals, you might try clean eating that focuses on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean protein; essentially whole foods without a lot of processing. It’s good for you and more likely to give you results that last, especially if you make exercise a habit. By limiting processed foods or foods that are high in fat or sugar, and implementing clean eating, you will lose weight and get your body into tip top shape. Some natural detoxing foods include green tea, lemon/lime, ginger, celery, cucumber, mint leaves, cinnamon, and cranberry.

Programs including a detox plan can help in weight loss, however, it is important to continue with a healthy maintenance plan to stay on your journey, and not return to unhealthy eating habits or lifestyle; otherwise, the pound will pile right back on.


The Benefits Of Walking

There’s a lot of reasons people in Massachusetts, don’t walk as much as they used to walk. Life is busy, walking by yourself can be dangerous and it’s just too easy to hop in the car. There are benefits of walking that most people don’t realize. Besides getting the opportunity to enjoy the beauty around you, walking can relieve stress and help you relax. Almost everyone can take a walk and there’s no equipment necessary. Best of all, you can modify your walk to suit your fitness level. If you can only walk a block, do that every day. Eventually, you’ll walk two, then three and more blocks.

Walking is heart healthy.

If you want to be kind to your heart, make it work hard, but not all the time. Walking, particularly at higher speeds, provides aerobic exercise that makes your heart work harder. If you want to make it more effective, alternate your speed and intensity. For a few minutes, walk at high intensity and then switch to a recovery pace for the same length of time or longer. Alternate between the two speeds and you’ll have a HIIT—high intensity interval training—workout that’s even more heart healthy than traditional walking. If you can’t walk for a full hour every day, break up your walks into several five, ten or fifteen minute sessions.

Do you want to lose weight, just put one foot in front of the other.

Walking can be the starting point on your road to fitness. It can help you build the stamina for a full program of fitness and aid in weight loss. Obesity is the leading cause of preventable deaths. Walking helps burn calories and build lower body strength. The more calories you burn, the faster you lose weight and the lower your risk is for high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.

You’ll boost your brain power with walking.

Anything that increases circulation can help improve brain health. Walking does that. It increases the oxygen and brain nutrients, while also lowering your LDL cholesterol, which can cause clogged arteries and stroke. Research shows that both diet and daily exercise can help reduce the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease, improve dementia and help reduce the symptoms of depression.

  • Walking is also a weight bearing exercise. Weight bearing exercises, can help prevent calcium from leaching from the bone, which causes osteoporosis.
  • If you have bad joints or are excessively overweight, walking may be better for you than running. It doesn’t tax the joints as much, since there’s no pounding motion like running.
  • Walking improves the immune system, aids digestion and helps regulate glucose levels. It can reduce the risk of certain types of cancer.
  • Make sure you have correct posture when you walk. Keep your head held high and swing your arms freely as you walk. Wear comfortable clothing, including shoes made for walking.

For more information, contact us today at Proweightloss


Exercise Vs Diet – Which Is More Important?

Are you ready to drop some pounds and get your body ready for summer?  What is the best way to lose weight? Through diet or exercise? Scientific studies show that both are needed for weight management and optimal health.

As a rule of thumb, weight loss is typically 80 percent diet and 20 percent exercise. Weight loss through nutrition seems to be more effective than physical activity. You have to do huge amounts of physical activity for weight loss, but you may see quicker results just by cutting calories.

However, once you’ve lost the unwanted pounds, exercise is the key to keeping the weight off. Additionally, exercise can have other positive impactful health perks, like improving the quality of your sleep, lowering your cholesterol and blood pressure, reducing your stress level, increased energy, and reducing the risk of health issues such as diabetes and heart disease.

Although you can lose weight with diet alone, exercise is without a doubt an important component. Without it, only a portion of your weight loss is from fat; not to mention, you’re stripping away muscle and bone density. Since working out stimulates muscle growth, losing weight through exercise means you’re burning mostly fat. The number on the scale may not seem impactful, but because muscle takes up less space than fat does, you look smaller and your clothes fit better.

Seems like a trick question!  Both diet and exercise play important roles in weight loss and weight management and are equally important.  Make a plan today!


Speed Up Your Metabolism

Many people blame metabolic problems for weight struggles. But your metabolism naturally regulates itself to meet your body’s needs. It’s rarely the cause of weight gain or loss. In general, anyone who burns more calories than they take in will lose weight. Anyone who takes in more calories than they burn will gain weight. This can lead to obesity and related problems like diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
A few people have endocrine disorders that cause their metabolism to work slower. You may burn fewer calories and put on weight if you have:

  • Cushing’s syndrome.
  • Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid gland).

Many factors can affect how your metabolism functions. These include losing muscle mass, aging, genes, and being less active.
If you want to speed up your metabolism, do not skip meals. Fuel your metabolism with fresh and vegetables, lean protein and healthy carbohydrates and fats. Exercise and build muscles. Quit smoking. Your metabolism may slow down a bit, but you will lower your risk of cancer, heart disease and other problems.


Benefits Of Working Out With A Friend

You’ll get many of the same benefits that you get from working out with a personal trainer by working out with a friend. Of course, you won’t have the expertise that a trainer provides, but you will have the accountability. One reason trainers have so much success is that they hold their clients accountable. They are an appointment for clients, so people are more likely to show, even when they don’t feel like exercising.

You’ll be more motivated to actually workout.

Once you show up at the gym, you still have to do the exercises. If you’re on your own, you may cut corners by quitting early, doing a half-hearted workout routine or skipping some exercises you don’t like altogether. A workout buddy will push you to do better and maybe make it a little more competitive. You’ll often workout harder when you’re working out with someone else.

You’ll be more likely to try new exercises or routines when you workout with someone.

Not only will workout buddies provide a wealth of knowledge, maybe even exercises you haven’t tried, they also can learn along with you. If you’ve watched a workout video but wasn’t sure you could do the exercise right, a workout friend can watch to ensure you do, just as you do for them. Having someone else there often gives you the courage to try taking your workout one step further, lifting heavier weights and doing more sets.

You’ll be safer exercising with a friend.

Whether you’re a runner, doing calisthenics or strength-building exercises, working out with a friend is beneficial. If you go running or jogging, it’s always safer running with a friend. If there’s a medical situation, there’s always someone to get help. You’re even safer just because there are two of you. It’s easy for an attacker to single out one person, but they often avoid attacking two.

  • One study showed that just phoning someone once every two weeks to check on the progress of exercise, made them 78% more apt to exercise. Meeting with them to exercise is even more effective.
  • Workout buddies provide support and empathy. They understand how tough it is to get fit or lose weight. They can even help provide motivation when you want to quit.
  • Workouts sometimes can be boring. Working out with a friend can make it more fun. You’ll be more likely to change the workout frequently and add new things to keep it fresh.
  • Everyone needs to be their own cheerleader but having another person cheering as well is doubly motivating. It can be that extra nudge to get you over a plateau or keep you on the path to fitness.

For more information, contact us today at Proweightloss


Pros And Cons Of A Workout Partner

You may have considered finding a workout partner to share your journey to fitness, but there are both pros and cons of a workout partner. It doesn’t work well for some people but can be amazing for others. There are a lot of reasons workout partners help, one of which is to hold you accountable. It’s the reason personal trainers have such a high success rate. If you know someone is waiting for you to workout, you’re more apt to go.

Being held accountable works two ways.

While being held accountable can get you to the gym, especially if you have a trainer waiting, it’s not always reliable if your workout partner isn’t. It’s a double-edged sword. It can be a great benefit if both of you are dedicated and considerate, you and your partner will show up for the workout even when one or both of you don’t feel like it. However, with the wrong match, you might find yourself alone at the gym, waiting for a partner who never shows.

Your workout partner can be a driving force or a real drag.

Again, if you’re a go-getter and your workout partner isn’t, you might find yourself being held back. Make sure you find someone with the same competitive edge that you have. It can work the opposite way, too. You might need to take it slower and have a workout partner that’s pushing you too hard. In most cases, when people are at approximately the same ability levels, having a workout partner can drive you to even higher achievements, get you to workout longer and try new things.

You don’t have to work directly with someone to have them as a workout partner.

Maybe you have a best friend that wants to get fit and join you in the workout. Try exercising together via zoom or simply make sure you phone one another, first to remind the other to workout and after the workout to see how it went. One study found that just calling someone every two weeks made them 78% more likely to stick with a program of exercise.

  • Having an in-person workout buddy can make your exercise program safer. If you’re running, there’s always someone there to get help if necessary. You also have a spotter if you’re lifting weights.
  • You’ll have more fun when you workout with a partner. It makes you look forward to exercising and more likely to stick with a program. Just make sure you don’t have so much fun that you forget to exercise.
  • You can motivate each other when you have a partner. Most people won’t understand how you may have struggled to achieve your goal or provide the “adda’ boy” when you finally accomplished it. A workout buddy does.
  • It’s less intimidating to try something new if you’re not alone. You can be each other’s inspiration to try. If you’re going to an exercise class, you’ll always have one person you know, so it won’t be as intimidating.

For more information, contact us today at ProWeight Loss


Hypothyroidism and a Sluggish Metabolism


Research shows that your metabolism tends to slow down with age. Being less active, losing muscle mass and the aging of your internal components all contribute to a sluggish metabolism.

Other factors that play a part in slowing down the metabolism are: Lack of sleep, too strict of a diet, not enough water, lack of calcium and stress to name a few. One common factor that contributes to a slow metabolism is a change in your hormones. Hormones change as we age and can put the brakes on the body’s energy use. This can cause a disease called Hypothyroidism.

Hypothyroidism is a common condition where the thyroid doesn’t create and release enough thyroid hormone into your bloodstream. This makes your metabolism slow down. Also called under-active thyroid, hypothyroidism can make you feel tired, gain weight and be unable to tolerate cold temperatures.

Foods with iodine will help your thyroid produce more hormones. These include: eggs, dairy, meat, poultry, seafood, and iodized salt.

Although traditional medicine recommends hormone replacement therapy, a safer way to go is through the use of natural and homeopathic alternatives to balance out the hormones, therefore alleviating these symptoms.