Take Care of Your Heart by Reaching and Maintaining a Healthy Weight

Healthy Weight, Reid Physicians Group, Jacksonville, Florida

February is American Heart Month. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States, and it isn’t just a problem for seniors. Men and women of all ages are at risk for heart disease.

This month is the perfect opportunity to raise awareness about heart disease and how you can lower your risk. Because carrying excess weight dramatically raises your risk of heart disease, bringing your weight down to within a healthy range is one of the best ways to lower your heart disease risk. Let’s discuss steps you can take slim down and protect your heart health.

We’re here to help

At Reid Physicians Group in Jacksonville, Florida, we’re dedicated to helping patients restore wellness through an integrative approach to medicine. We offer a variety of weight-loss programs because no one approach is right for everyone.  

We’ve assisted countless patients to achieve and maintain their ideal weight, in turn, lowering their risk of a range of chronic conditions, including heart disease and Type 2 diabetes through a number of programs, including lifestyle coaching, nutrition supplements, and the HCG, Metderiatieran, and Keto diets, among others.

Why it matters

Being overweight has a detrimental impact on health. As your weight rises, so does your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar, all of which have harmful effects on your heart when elevated. People who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop sleep apnea, heart Small changes make a big difference

It’s not necessary to shed a massive amount of weight to reap the heart health benefits of weight loss. Studies show that losing as little as 10 pounds has positive effects on blood pressure, cholesterol, and more. Losing just 10% of your body weight has an even greater positive impact on protecting against heart disease. If you currently weigh 200 pounds, that’s just 20 pounds. One of our weight loss specialists will work with you to set weight loss goals and help you reach them with.

Read on for an overview of some of the approaches to weight loss.

The hCG diet

Our hCG diet is a physician-supervised diet plan that combines a reduced-calorie diet with the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) to supercharge your weight loss. If you’re not familiar with hCG, it’s a prohormone the body produces in high amounts during pregnancy. The hCG injections play a key role in our hCG diet program, and only a licensed medical provider can administer hCG injections.

These injections boost metabolism, control appetite, burn fat, and help to retain lean muscle as you shed pounds. On the program, you’ll enjoy real food that you can get from your local grocer. A medical provider monitors you throughout the entire process to ensure that your weight loss journey is safe and effective.

The Keto diet

The Keto diet, especially popular among body-builders, is a low-carb, high-fat plan that propels your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. In ketosis, your body becomes highly efficient at burning fat for energy. Patients feel full eating this way and therefore usually don’t have to count calories.

The Mediterranean diet

This diet entails eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, along with whole grains, and some lean protein. Also, butter is replaced with healthy fats such as olive oil.

Nutrition supplements

Nutrients, such as vitamin B12, may be included to help you feel energized as you lose weight. Vitamin B12 helps your body produce energy from the foods you eat. It can help keep your metabolism healthy and may boost your memory and mood, too.

Lifestyle counseling

Our wellness coaches help you identify and change unhealthy eating habits. This includes behavior modification to combat emotional eating. You’ll also learn portion control and how to make smart food choices, and eliminate hidden sources of added sugars and fats. Your coach may also recommend an exercise program tailored to your fitness and health needs.

Make 2019 the year you take back control and lose weight for good. To slim down and feel good, call our office to schedule an appointment with one of our weight loss specialists. For your convenience, you can also book online.

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