Losing Weight With Chiropractic Care
With summer just around the corner, you might be looking to shed some excess weight and begin to tip that pesky scale back in your favor. For many of us, we find that over the long winter months we tend to become less active and spend more time indoors because it is simply too cold to spend enjoyable time outside – especially in Minnesota.
Along with less bodily activity, our diets and nutritional intake begin to shift in the wrong direction as well. We might find ourselves indulging in “heartier” meals because we are under the impression that we need to “fatten up” in order to stay comfortably warm throughout the harsh winter. These meals tend to include foods with higher fat content and more carbohydrates, leading to more overall caloric intake.
This is a completely natural tendency to have, in fact we are all inclined to make these choices whether we know it or not. It is a well known evolutionary trait for humans in colder climates to naturally overeat because historically, food was more scarce and harder to come by during the winter months. However, nowadays most of us have easy access to food resources, and are able to control what and how much we eat when comparing ourselves to our ancestors.
With that, we should be more mindful of what we put into our bodies and begin to avoid living our lives under the facade that we need to eat more during the winter. The truth is we should always be striving to eat healthier and finding the means to exercise our bodies year round, not just during the months where it is more convenient for us.
Why is Losing Weight so Hard?
There is no denying that for most of us, it can be very difficult to lose weight on our own. We might try new fad diets, exercise routines, or supplements and cleanses in hopes of finding a quick fix to a long term solution. In many cases we might see instant results, then over time our results and goals begin to plateau and we lose the motivation to continue moving forward and resort back to our old unhealthy habits.
In other cases, these new behaviors that we think are helping us get healthier are actually harming us. A lot of the diet and exercise trends you may see on TV or on social media are far too extreme and can actually lead to decreased physical and mental performances in your daily life. That, coincidentally enough, is the side of life that your favorite actor or social media influencer isn’t going to let you see when they introduce you to these so-called “trends”.
Nevertheless, maintaining a healthy weight is still something that we should view as being extremely important. Obesity is a serious issue that we face in the United States, and is a condition that can lead to severe consequences for our health. Some of the most common health problems attributed to obesity include diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and arthritis among many others. By losing weight, or maintaining a healthy weight you can help avoid these troubling health problems and work towards living a longer and more enjoyable life.
Chiropractic Care and Weight Loss
There are many different factors when it comes to weight loss, all differentiating between the certain traits and characteristics that vary from person to person. Depending on your current weight, age, sex, genetics, and metabolism, it can be difficult to understand and determine the most effective route that you should take when it comes to losing weight. Fortunately, for those who may need some extra help in understanding and making decisions related to their weight, chiropractic care is a logical and natural option.
Chiropractors are more than just back and neck doctors, they are also educated in fields of nutritional science, nutrition counseling, and rehabilitative exercise. Chiropractors are more than capable of providing assistance related to weight loss, and can help you achieve your weight loss goals under more safe and controlled circumstances. A chiropractor can personally work with you to determine specialized nutrition plans and exercise regimens based on your specific needs and personal factors, such as your age and metabolism. Our Duluth Chiropractor Robert Torgrimson has specialized in nutritional counseling and weight loss for over 30 years.
Regular chiropractic adjustments can also be beneficial when it comes to weight loss. By getting regular adjustments, a chiropractor is treating subluxations, or dysfunctions of the spine, which are likely causing issues with your central nervous system. When your nervous system isn’t functioning properly, this means that your brain isn’t properly communicating with the rest of your body and vice versa. By better aligning the spine, your chiropractor is aiding the many bodily systems within you, and helping to restore and improve their functions. This improved communication inside your body can ultimately reduce inflammation and support your metabolism making it easier to burn fat. In turn, that will create better performance during exercise and enable your body to burn more calories.
If you are interested in learning more about our weight loss and nutritional counseling services, or are someone who thinks that they can benefit from chiropractic care in any way, then we highly encourage you to reach out to us. You can contact Associated Chiropractic Physicians at (218) 728-3686, we look forward to helping you!