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.

Millions across the United States struggle with weight loss, annually.

Millions across the United States struggle with weight loss, annually. In fact, studies reveal that the percentage of Americans who suffer from obesity has increased from just over 30 percent to over 40 percent between the years 2000 to 2017. Being overweight or obese increases the risks of health conditions like osteoarthritis, cardiovascular illness, sleep apnea, as well as type 2 diabetes. 

Still, losing weight is not only good for your physical health, but it’s good for your soul, too. Even losing as little as five to 10 percent of your body weight can significantly impact your mental health. 

Here are 5 ways that weight loss can benefit your state of mind.

1. Increases Self Esteem & Confidence

Unfortunately, most who are overweight struggle with body positivity, and this ultimately affects their self-esteem and confidence. Many who are obese and overweight have a negative self-image, so losing weight can often make them feel better about their appearance. When you can once again fit into your old favorite clothes, this creates a sense of accomplishment, especially when you hit your weight loss targets. 

2. A Good Night’s Rest = A Clear, Calm Mind

A terrible night’s sleep can be felt throughout the day. You are tired, sluggish, and can’t give 100% to work or family life activities. Still, if you are not getting enough sleep on an ongoing basis, this affects both your weight and mind. In fact, research reveals that overweight and obese individuals have a poorer quality of sleep overall, versus people with an average body mass index (BMI). Fewer hours of shut-eye each night also increases the chances of common sleep issues like sleep apnea, back pain, and acid reflux. Interestingly, those sleep conditions are also closely linked to overweight and obese individuals. As such, losing weight will help you sleep better. 

It’s important to note that better sleep is also connected to a decrease in irritability and fatigue, which is linked closely to those who suffer from depression. 

3. Decreases Depression Symptoms & Overall Stress

Speaking of, depression and stress have also been closely connected to obesity and being overweight. Some turn to comfort food when dealing with depression or stress, causing an increase in weight gain. Excessive weight also increases the risks of many chronic conditions, which can also cause depression, enhance stress, and lead to other mental health issues. 

4. Gives You A Boost Of Energy

Feeling better about yourself, plus sleeping better, will also give you an extra boost of energy to tackle more things throughout the day. This may also mean you’ll not only be able to get through your work week at the office but also add some exercise to your daily routine, which will also increase energy levels.

5. Reduces Social Anxiety

Many obese and overweight individuals suffer from social anxiety. At times, they feel like they are being judged, and if they’ve ever received negative comments about their body while out and about at a social gathering, those words can live rent-free in their minds for years to come.  Unfortunately, they may dread and avoid getting together with colleagues, friends, and family because of this. The good news is that losing weight can help reduce social anxiety, giving you the confidence to get out there and live your best life. Whether it’s heading to a friend’s party, a night out on the town, or the beach, you’ll look forward to seeing and catching up with family and loved ones.

At SWIFTSlim, we believe that your weight loss dreams can become reality, with the right program. This is why our team is dedicated to understanding the health and wellness goals of our patients, to ensure success; not only for your body to feel better, but your mind, as well. 
Ready to lose weight and keep it off for good? To schedule a consultation, click here.