Living Healthy in the Real World
J.B. Patterson


What's the best diet for weight loss?

A: Yours. With a few fixes. 

While all diets can lead to weight loss, not all will fit into your life. Family responsibilities, work stress, time, and other priorities make it hard to stick with any one diet. But just a few tweaks to how you already eat can help you reach your health goals. 

Follow this blog for quick fixes to common diet quirks to start making changes that last.

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Q: What can I eat to speed up my metabolism?

A: When it comes to metabolism and weight loss, first identify the foods that may be slowing down your metabolism. What is metabolism? Metabolism includes the digestion, or breaking down, of carbohydrates, protein, and fat, which are the three major nutrients in our foods. Carbohydrates break down into glucose (aka sugar). Protein breaks down into amino acids. Fats break down into fatty acids. After foods are digested in our digestive tract, the glucose, amino acids and fats enter our body. These nutrients travel throughout the body to nourish our cells, muscles, and organs--basically all of our biological systems. What do carbs, protein, and fat do for the body? The cells of our body absorb

Q: I've been working out. Why aren't I losing weight?

A: Physical activity is essential in maintaining a healthy weight and metabolism. ​However, if you are trying to lose weight, reducing calorie intake while maintaining a well-balanced diet is still the primary consideration in weight loss. These days, it seems many people are laser-focused on limiting carbs, increasing protein or looking for hidden sugars. Counting calories seems to have fallen out of fashion. Take "Beth," for example. She had been working out with a trainer three days a week. Her exercise included a variety of cardiovascular exercises and resistance training. Throughout the day, she was eating more protein and vegetables, snacking on nuts, and overall making healthy choices

Q: What is my ideal weight?

A: Ideal body weight formulas and BMI charts are often used when discussing weight. However, they are often not useful for setting realistic weight loss goals. Instead, ask yourself these three questions to determine what a healthy weight is for you. In school, students preparing for a career in health care are taught a specific math formula to calculate ideal body weight (IBW). The calculation is based on height and gender. Here's the problem. Often, when patients hear that calculation, they react with exasperation, and may even become discouraged. Their reaction is usually pretty negative because many have never been that weight in their adult lives. To be honest, I haven't been my ideal b

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