Are You Negotiating With Your Body?

If I had a penny for every time a patient of mine started a sentence with, “How bad is it if I eat_____,” I’d be a millionaire. When we’re asked to make big changes in our diet, we often start negotiating that just a little butter or a cheeseburger every once in a while couldn’t hurt, right? But it actually could. Several studies have shown that a single high-fat meal can immediately increase triglycerides in the body. One particular study found that for individuals that are at risk or already have coronary artery disease, blood vessel function became abnormal 3-5 hours after a high-fat meal, thus immediately increasing the risk for a cardiac event. The best bet is to continue with healthy eating habits, stress management and regular daily exercise. That burger is just not worth it.

If I had a penny for every time a patient of mine started a sentence with, “How bad is it if I eat_____,” I’d be a millionaire. When we’re asked to make big changes in our diet, we often start negotiating that just a little butter or a cheeseburger every once in a while couldn’t hurt, right? But it actually could. Several studies have shown that a single high-fat meal can immediately increase triglycerides in the body. One particular study found that for individuals that are at risk or already have coronary artery disease, blood vessel function became abnormal 3-5 hours after a high-fat meal, thus immediately increasing the risk for a cardiac event. The best bet is to continue with healthy eating habits, stress management and regular daily exercise. That burger is just not worth it.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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