Exercise and dieting are key to losing weight. As those pounds come off, you won’t only look your best.

Exercise and dieting are key to losing weight. As those pounds come off, you won’t only look your best, but you’ll feel amazing, too. While fitting into your old pair of jeans and a boost to your self-esteem are great, there’s also a plethora of other health benefits to weight loss.

1. A Decrease In Pain

Most people are motivated to shed extra pounds to look better; however, feeling healthier should also be a wellness goal. Excess weight places pressure on a person’s joints. In fact, those who are overweight increase their chances of developing arthritis, which can cause daily pain from simply doing routine tasks. 

Taking off a mere 10 pounds can release 40 pounds of pressure on your knees. When you lose weight, you can move around faster and easier, with far less daily pain, making life that much more enjoyable!

2. Decrease Your Risk Of Cancer

While some risk factors of cancer, like genetics, can’t be controlled, maintaining a healthy weight can decrease your chance of developing the condition. Being overweight has been linked to about 11 percent of cancers in females and five percent in males. In addition, obesity enhances the risk of pancreatic, liver, and breast cancer.

3. All-Natural Energy Booster

Carrying extra weight can simply be exhausting. However, when you eat properly and exercise, this naturally boosts your energy. In fact, physical activity helps the body produce more mitochondria, which are cells that create energy from the oxygen you breathe and the food you consume. As such, an increase in mitochondria means an enhanced supply of energy to help you tackle everything life throws your way on a daily basis!

4. Reduced Risk Of Stroke

The added weight you carry around is connected to high blood pressure, placing your body’s arteries under continual stress. The risk of a stroke is 64 percent higher for obese individuals and 22 percent higher for those who are overweight, versus individuals with a normal BMI. 

5. Your Heart Health

Speaking of your arteries, weight loss decreases the pressure placed on these blood vessels, and this also helps the heart when it comes to pumping blood. The end result not only includes lowering your blood pressure but also your cholesterol, which decreases the chances of heart disease.

6. Insulin Sensitivity & Type 2 Diabetes

Losing weight is one way to help with insulin sensitivity and type 2 diabetes. The adipose tissue is connected directly to inflammation and can inhibit the body’s insulin from maintaining blood sugar levels. Even losing simply a conservative amount, like five percent of your body weight, can help keep insulin and sugar levels at a healthy number.

7. Mental Health Improvements

Losing weight isn’t only good for your physical health, but mental health, too. Past research reveals that over 40 percent of obese people have depression, although it’s important to note that people who aren’t obese can also deal with this debilitating condition. Still, physical activity helps release endorphins, chemicals in your body that elicit positive feelings. Even losing a small amount of weight can tremendously improve a person’s mood

Many people struggle with weight loss when left to their own devices. The diet and exercise industries make billions each year, as many look for a long-lasting solution to this common issue. The good news is that SwiftSlim can help. We offer a unique weight loss program personalized to the needs of each patient. Our approach guarantees that you won’t only shed unwanted weight, but also keep it off for good this time!
Ready to lose weight and be healthier in the process? To schedule a consultation, click here.

With the new year fast approaching, many are currently taking a crack at compiling their New Year’s resolutions.

With the new year fast approaching, many are currently taking a crack at compiling their New Year’s resolutions. Still, a Forbes Health survey states these tend to last for only two to four months before individuals give up or forget about them. 

What if there was a way to stay on track and make 2024 different?

It’s no secret that maintaining a healthy lifestyle by getting active and eating a balanced diet is not only good for the body but your mind, too. Add in getting enough sleep at night, trying to decrease stress, and drinking in moderation and you could be living your best life. 

With that all being said, it’s challenging to create new healthy habits to reach your wellness goals, especially when you experience normal setbacks. It can feel frustrating, as if these goals are unattainable, and that you’ll be stuck in this “rut” like this for the rest of your life.  

The good news is, there are certain strategies at your fingertips. On the cusp of a new year with new resolutions, here are some ways you can develop healthy habits (and stick with them) throughout 2024. 

1. Identify Your Habits

Repetitive behaviors, whether good or bad, can make a person feel “comfortable”. Sometimes habits are automatic because they’ve been engrained in our daily lives for so long. If you want a healthier lifestyle in 2024, you need to truly look at the habits you want to change. It’s more than just “eating healthy and exercising”; this could include quitting smoking, getting better sleep, or limiting your alcoholic intake. 

Are there behaviors or patterns that “trigger” certain “bad” habits? Do you find it hard to fall asleep at night because you are possibly scrolling on your phone before bed, instead of reading a book or journalling? Maybe you need to go to bed earlier? Do you tend to binge on chips while watching television at night without realizing it? Maybe some meal prep with chopped-up veggies and hummus in the fridge would help?

2. Set Reasonable Goals & Make A Plan

As the old saying goes, fail to plan, plan to fail. The first step in this strategy is to set both short- and long-term goals. If a new habit you want to establish is exercising more, then start with finding an activity you love, and set a small, “doable” goal, weekly. For example, if you want to fit in 30 minutes of walking or jogging daily, aim to start doing this once or twice a week. Once you are able to set that in stone for a month, increase the frequency to three or four times, weekly, if possible. Working around your current schedule you may find waking up 30 minutes earlier each day in the morning is the best way to achieve this short-term goal; perhaps doing so at lunch is what works. Try different times and scenarios to see what fits best with your lifestyle. Setting reasonable short-term goals and working your way up will also give you the confidence to go to the next level.

3. Be Accountable

While creating new habits can feel fun and rewarding, there will be times when obstacles arise. How you deal with this is often the difference between success and failure.

Keeping a journal can offer perspective and accountability, especially if these healthy new habits include diet and exercise. From a computer program to a mobile app or just a good old-fashioned paper journal, when you record things like exercise routines, diet, sleep patterns, etc. then you can identify when you aren’t on track and potentially the reasons why, so you can come up with viable solutions for when you “fall off” the wagon. 

4. Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself

Establishing new healthy habits isn’t easy, and you should be proud of wanting to change. Still, obstacles will come your way, so, it’s important that you be patient with yourself, and realize that Rome wasn’t built in a day. From work and family stress to finances and so much more, life happens, and things can get chaotic, setting you off your beaten path. 

Spoiler alert: it’s okay to fall off track, it just means you’re human. The key is that when this happens, to jump back onto the road you were on by simply picking up where you left off. This doesn’t mean that if you fall off the wagon one night during the week (or for a couple of days) you have to wait until Monday for a “start fresh”. Every day offers itself a new opportunity for change. Keep going, the end result will be worth it.

Many struggle with establishing new healthy habits, but the good news is that SwiftSlim can help you achieve your 2024 goals this new year! We offer a unique weight loss program personalized to the needs of each patient. Our approach guarantees that you won’t only shed unwanted weight, but also keep it off for good this time!
Ready to lose weight and be healthier in the process? To schedule a consultation, click here.