The desire for future pregnancy is an important reason to consider weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight. It is important to note that during pregnancy and breast feeding, we do not promote weight loss. It is best to reach a healthy weight before getting pregnant for many reasons.
Potential Problems for Mothers with Obesity / Overweight
Potential Problems for Babies of Overweight or Obese Mom
If you are stuck indoors due to work/school from home or must self-isolate after exposure, these are a few suggestions to help you practice self-care strategies during quarantine. Self-care prioritizes taking better care of yourself mentally, emotionally, and physically. Keep it simple, easy and practice it daily.
1 . Invest in yourself – Easier said than done, yes, but there is no better time to act on this. Enlist the thoughts that make you happy, the things on your wish list that you have always postponed due to lack of time. Maybe it was reading a book, listening to a podcast, learning a new skill, pursuing a hobby. Think no further, you have the time now and use it wisely.
2. Zone out – Put a pause to the endless chatter going on around you. It’s okay to take a break for your sanity. It’s ok if you want to detoxify your social media accounts to focus on your inner thoughts about what matters to you and your family.
3. Exercise to stay happy – We all know how exercising can help elevate our mood by the release of happy hormones, use it to your benefit to drive away those quarantine blues. Jump roping, free weights, jogging on the spot are all options that you can be creative with even when confined to a room. Be sure to avoid injury.
4. Remember your WHY – Try and spend some time trying to self-reflect and go deeper into the quest of your WHY. Think about why it is important for you to keep your mind strong and body healthy, explore your purpose, try to connect with your inner self and dig further into questions that matter to you.
5. Declutter and organize your space – Those stuffed closets that have been calling for your attention and the piling stacks of paper that needs to be sorted and shredded, try and get to it. It is therapeutic…letting go sets the mind free and opens space for more thought power. If nothing else is possible, clean up your email inbox and unsubscribe from all those mailing lists that do not interest you anymore.
6. Indulge in some self-care – Be it taking care of your skin, that neck massage with aromatic oils to help melt away the stress that you are clinging onto in your upper back and shoulders. Practice some tai-chi or stretching exercise on the mat, the options are limitless
7. Cook up a storm – Whether you are a beginner or an acclaimed chef, sharpen and build up on your cooking skills, try that healthy recipe, bring it to the table, who knows…maybe there is an undiscovered master chef hiding in you. Word of caution here, focus on the quality of the foods that you are indulging in…you don’t want to dig into junk food which may taste good initially but will leave you farther from your goals of improved health. Keep it real: real food made with fresh nourishing ingredients.
8. Choose a positive attitude – We cannot direct the wind, but we can easily adjust the sail. Focus on the solutions, not the problems. Look for the silver lining, journaling helps. Make it a habit to read or listen to inspiring and motivational content that keeps you uplifted.
9. Highlight gratitude – Make it a daily practice to reflect on the things that are going well, be thankful for the friend who calls and checks on you, for the family that provides for you while you stay away from them. More importantly, honor your mind and body that are your closest companions with you as you self-isolate from others.
As you go through your day, know that your wellness is sacred. Take those 20 minutes a day to breathe, to talk to someone, to listen, laugh, and live as you continue to mask. Remember the goal in 2021 is to start strong and stay strong.
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Brought to you by HBO and the nation’s leading research institutions, this documentary series confronts the realities of living with obesity. Broken down into four parts, each segment addresses something different from the true scope of the obesity epidemic to the damage obesity is doing to our nation’s children.
Part 1: Consequences
Part 2: Choices
Part 3: Children in Crisis
Part 4: Challenges
While parents usually decide what kids eat, it’s no secret that kids will eat (especially snacks) what’s available. Therefore, the key to healthy families is surrounding everyone with healthier options. Getting the family on board with healthy life choices will also help individuals when it comes to losing weight.
As a health care provider, you are in an ideal position to talk to your patients about weight control since excess weight can lead to diabetes, heart disease and other medical problems. At Medical Metabolic Specialists, we understand that this conversation is not always easy to have but is certainly important.
Quickly Addressing Weight Problems in Clinic
Rule #1: You don’t have to talk about diet, exercise or life circumstance. Certainly, don’t start there.
Rule #2: Focus on readiness! When the topic of weight arises, think about stages of change.
When they say: I can’t, I won’t, make an excuse, or tell how great their diet is.
What it means : Pre-contemplation stage of change. They can’t see it or don’t want to look at it.
What you do: Connect their weight or their behaviors to something they care about.
When they say: I might
What it means: Contemplation stage of change. They are on the edge.
What you do: Give a nudge. “Weight loss would really help.”
When they say: I will
What it means: Preparation stage of change
What you do: Ask for a plan and commitment: “How will you do that? When will you start?”
When they say: I am
What it means: Action stage of change. They are doing something.
What you do: Be encouraging. Say something positive. Let them know help is available.
Rule #3 : Use the right words or they may not hear what you say.
Last February, we posted an article that highlighted research on the correlation between eating late and your blood sugar. The study concluded that ultimately, when food is consumed late at night, when our glucose tolerance is lowest, the body is more likely to store those calories as fat rather than burn it as energy. Repeatedly eating late will ultimately lead to weight gain.
Another new study, led by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, has shown that regularly eating late in the day can have negative health consequences. Not only can eating late promote weight gain but it also has an unfavorable impact on energy metabolism and hormonal markers that are linked to health problems such as diabetes and heart disease.
During a recent research study, patients with fatty liver disease reduced their Body Mass Index (BMI) following a regimented health education, nutrition and exercise program. This holistic approach to weight loss is very similar to the comprehensive program at Medical Metabolic Specialists.
If you want to lose weight, it’s best to first consult your doctor about whether weight loss is advisable for you. Below are some ideas for healthy adults to use to help lose weight that you may want to discuss with your doctor.
Medical Metabolic Specialists, located in Fort Collins, Colorado, is dedicated to using the latest scientific techniques to create a comprehensive, individualized. lifelong weight management program to improve your overall health.