Getting Started with Weight Loss

Currently, two thirds of US adults are either overweight or obese, according to results from the 1999-2000 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). This figure represents a 14% increase from 1994 and a 36% increase from 1980. Many studies have shown an increase in mortality rates associated with being overweight or obese. Individuals who are obese have up to a 50% increased risk of death compared with healthy weight individuals. Most of the increased risk is due to heart attack, stroke, and diabetes, all worsened by obesity. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) state that “next to smoking, obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the US today.” Strong evidence confirms that even a modest 10% decrease in body weight results in a reduction of blood pressure, fasting glucose, and lipid levels.

With the New Year upon us, most of make a resolution to become healthier by eating right and exercising more. I believe people have difficulty losing weight and maintaining weight loss not because of the will to do it, but rather they need the education and understanding of how to eat properly! When people hear the word “diet”, they wonder, what is the newest program and the quickest way to lose ten or twenty pounds? Well, there is no quick easy way, but with the commitment to a lifestyle change in how you look at food, and with the help of a trained professional to educate you on how to eat healthier, it can be easy. I am here to help make your weight loss a reality.

We employ a registered dietitian with extensive experience in both diet programs and educating individuals in proper nutritional support. Studies have shown that nutritional counseling by a registered dietitian as part of a multi-disciplinary team with a physician lowers cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetic control more than nutritional intervention by a physician alone.

We will strive to help each of you reach your individual goals of better health and fitness. To make an appointment, please call (954) 967-6550 and let’s start getting you on the road of a healthier you.