A Holistic Approach to Weight Loss
Now that summer is in full swing and the heat is intense, we strive to look and feel our best. As we all know, being at an ideal weight has its challenges. Anyone who has been on a weight loss journey knows that it not only affects us physically but can influence ALL of you, emotionally and mentally. Some of us experience weight gain not only by our eating patterns, but by the way we feel emotionally. When we take all of these factors into consideration, and focus not only on the physical, we may reach our goals more effectively.
Holistic weight loss considers all factors that can influence weight gain and looks at your emotional, mental, and physical health. Often excess weight is a symptom of an underlying condition. By taking a holistic approach, our mental, emotional, and social factors, can have a big impact on the physical factors.
When talking about weight loss, we know that in order to successfully drop pounds, we have to be aware of the foods we are putting in our bodies and we have to incorporate some type of physical movement into our days. These lifestyle changes need to be realistic and sustainable to stick with them. A holistic approach goes beyond what you eat and how you move and focuses on a deep mind-body relationship. For example, exercise works to reduce stress but are we stressed because we are overweight or are we overweight because we stressed? Either way, exercise is a healthy way to improve our mind and body. Regular exercise can be effective in reducing stress and anxiety, two known factors that contribute to weight gain. When we are less anxious and stressed, we are better able to establish a healthy eating plan. Everything is intertwined.
Below are some techniques that can improve the mind body connection and can help us on our weight loss journey:
- Hold yourself Accountable; track everything, including your behavior patterns.
- Set realistic goals; we can’t control the number on the scale, but we can control the behaviors that cause it to go up or down
- Identify thoughts and triggers that contribute to emotional eating
- Include daily mind/body exercise to chill out and relax such as meditation and yoga
- Consult with a Dr. of Natural Medicine to design a holistic plan that is specific to you
Weight loss or weight management has its challenges, but you do not have to do it alone. Dr. Peter Amato specializes in holistic care and focuses on determining the root cause of issues associated with the weight gain. Like previously stated, weight gain is not only about what we put into our bodies or how much we move our bodies, but about what other components are contributing to the condition. Through holistic treatment and extensive, non-invasive testing, Dr. Amato will determine the proper protocol that’s right for you.
If you are ready to take the next step and explore the world of holistic health and wellness, CLICK HERE to schedule a FREE 30-minute consultation today. Dr. Amato will answer any questions you may have and start you on your new path of feeling your best!