Nutrition and Exercise

Hazelwood Family Medicine

Exhaustion and unimpressive results are frequently the results of fad diets and strenuous exercise. In actuality, what you need to lose weight may be very different from what someone else needs. Because of this, getting professional assistance when you’re preparing to start a healthy diet and exercise routine only makes sense. There are ways that we can go about helping you get the results you are looking for. 

Our professionals will sit down with you and help you determine what would be best for your particular body type and situation. While many people think that they just need to reduce calories and exercise more, there is actually much more to it than that.  

Our staff at Hazelwood Family Medicine has the knowledge and experience to assist you in choosing a diet and exercise routine that is most effective for you. Our medical staff in Waynesville, NC, includes specialists in health and wellbeing. This allows you to find a routine that best fits what you are trying to achieve, from weight loss goals to improved sleep and better fitness overall. We have you covered. 

Advantages of Exercise and Proper Nutrition

You’ve undoubtedly known this since you were a child: to keep in shape, you must exercise daily and monitor your diet. But, over time, both diets and exercise routines have come and gone. We all start out with the greatest of intentions, only to have those fall off over time. Things such as work and family get in the way of having the time that we would like. Or we try something too hard or complex, which leads us to give up. 

However, we are all aware of the benefits of a balanced diet and regular exercise, whether or not weight loss is your goal. Your body functions like a machine, and without proper diet and exercise, it can quickly start to have issues. You might see problems in your health and certainly don’t have the energy you once had once you start to fall off a proper diet and exercise routine.

Consider the food you eat as the body’s fuel. Why would you want to put bad food in your body when you wouldn’t want to put bad fuel in a machine? You must consume a mix of lean meats, fruits, and vegetables if you want to be healthy. This sort of diet helps in weight loss and the avoidance of chronic illnesses, such as:

  • Heart condition
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Elevated triglycerides
  • Diabetes

Exercise and a healthy diet combined not only keep you in shape but also fend against these conditions, despite the fact that eating alone cannot prevent them. Exercise also improves your flexibility and strength, which might help you avoid certain injuries.

Finding the Right Plan for You

Your health history and your goals are necessary for our team of professionals to determine the best diet and exercise plan for you. Are you trying to control a chronic illness like diabetes, or are you trying to reduce weight or both? We have strategies that we can bring to our patients to help them adjust their lifestyles to better fit a healthier one. While many people have tried to diet in the past, this is different. This isn’t a diet. This is an overall lifestyle change. This change can greatly enhance your way of life.  

In addition to any food allergies or sensitivities, our doctors need to know if you have any conditions that may restrict the forms of activity you could engage in. This allows our professionals to determine a weight loss program that would be best for you. However, keep in mind that this program will probably change over time.

Many people start off slow, as they haven’t done much exercise in their life. Having a routine that pushes you is important. But having a near-impossible routine great excuse to quit. We combine our knowledge of your limitations with what exercises would make sense for your situation. If you have issues with your knees and back, for example, we would choose something that is low impact. In some cases, things even do while sitting until you have lost a bit of weight and your body has become stronger.

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Things Your Weight Can Affect

Aches and pains are directly related to weight. Think about it. If you are carrying around an extra 50 lbs or more, then that weight is directly affecting your knees, back, and other joints. It would be the equivalent of carrying around a 50lb bag of dog food everywhere you go. This extra weight can also cause other medical issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart conditions to name a few. 

Your goals are one of the most important considerations when creating the ideal strategy, particularly when it comes to your health. Our experts consider your risk of developing chronic diseases while creating a nutrition plan for you. It entails eating a lot of veggies and lean protein while avoiding refined sugar and processed carbs. However, we understand that completely avoiding these is not an option. There are times when it is okay to have a treat. After all, if you cut it out completely, we find many people fail. Having a well-balanced diet allows you to indulge once in a while without affecting your overall goals. 

Sticking to the Plan

The best diet and exercise plan is one you can stick with even after you’ve achieved your goals. We want to come up with a plan that will best fit your lifestyle. While fad diets are great for losing weight and quickly achieving your goals, they are often hard to continue to maintain.

Hazelwood Family Medicine helps our patients with goals that will be achieved in a manner that can be maintained. We take our time to better understand our patients at what their goals are. Furthermore, we examine what is standing in the way of you reaching those goals to come up with a game plan that works best for you and your body. Call 828-456-2828 today to find out more. 

Make an appointment with your Primary Care Physician at Hazelwood Family Medicine right away if you’re prepared to begin living a healthier lifestyle that includes a nutritious diet and regular exercise.