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First Med Urgent Care: LCDs and VLCDs

First Med Urgent Care talks about low-calorie diets and very low-calorie diets

Losing weight is something most people will have to do at some point in their lives. Whether it’s because we stopped going to the gym, started enjoying good food a little too much, or just got older and watched our metabolism slow most people will pack on a few extra pounds. Losing a few extra pounds isn’t a big deal usually, eat a little better or go to the gym a little more often and you’ll be fine. Some of us though, pack on more than just a few pounds causing a disease known as obesity. It’s much harder to lose these pounds because in addition to there being more pounds to lose, often we’re so entrenched in the habits that brought us to that point that it seem impossible to break them. The best way to lose weight and keep it off is to change one’s lifestyle, but certain diets can help kickstart the road to beating obesity. First Med Urgent Care is here to talk about some of these diets.

LCD (Low-Calorie Diet): LCD’s are common for people who are suffering from obesity. The number of calories an LCD will limit you to will vary depending on age, sex, and other lifestyle factors but usually women will be put on a diet of about 1,200 calories/day while men may have something closer to 1,600/day. These numbers may be much lower depending on factors though. LCDs usually consist of regular food but can include meal replacement shakes. Longterm and coupled with lifestyle changes these diets can help you lose a large amount of weight and keep it off.

VLCD (Very Low-Calorie Diet): These are like LCDs but instead of using real food most of your meals will be replaced with nutrient shakes. People on a VLCD will consume about 800 calories a day from these shakes. These diets are reserved for people who need extreme weight loss fast and will always be closely monitored by a doctor to ensure the health and safety of the patient.

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First Med Urgent Care: Binge eating and you

First Med Urgent Care: What is a binge eating disorder?

We’ve all had those moments, typically at a party or on the holidays, where we see a large spread of food and eat way too much! Or maybe you get so caught up in a show you don’t realize you ate way too many chips or popcorn. Everyone binge eats sometimes, but when does it become a problem? First Med Urgent Care has some answers for you.

First off, binge eating is officially described as eating a large amount of food in a short amount of time while feeling like you have no control over what you eat. Binge eating every once in awhile doesn’t mean you’ve got a crippling eating disorder, just that you were really hungry and there was a lot of food! However, if you find yourself binge eating regularly though (around once a week for 3 months) you might have what’s called Binge Eating Disorder. If you think you might have this eating disorder, it’s important to meet with a mental health professional and confirm that’s whats really going on. Currently, no one knows exactly what causes this disorder but most agree it’s a mix of factors including genes, social pressures, and feelings.

If it’s confirmed that you have binge eating disorder there are a wide range of treatment options depending on what factor seems to be affecting you the most. Medicine can be used sometimes, but your mental health professional might try other kinds of therapy such as talk and behavioral weight loss treatment therapy. Binge eating disorder isn’t something you can ignore for long, it can lead to significant weight gain which can lead to a host of health problems!

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First Med Urgent Care: How much weight should you lose in a week?

First Med Urgent Care: How much weight should you try to in a week

The new year is in full swing and everyone is trying to stick to their resolutions. We all wanna lose weight as fast and as safe as possible. You may have wondered at some point though, how much weight should I be losing to stay healthy? Well, First Med Urgent Care is here with some tips and info on just how much should you lose in a week.

You’ve no doubt flipped through a magazine to and seen fad diets that promise you’ll lose 10 pounds in a week. While that may be possible, these diets are typically not the healthiest ways to lose weight and some can be down-right dangerous. The bottom line on fad diets, is just don’t. Often times the weight you lose will creep back on as fast as you lose it and it’s generally not worth the health risks.

The healthiest way to lose weight is to eat less and exercise more, according to most experts. For most people, this means they’ll lose about 1 to 2 pounds a week. In addition, this weight has a tendency to stay off as opposed to the fast weight loss diets. It should also be noted that there are also other factors that can contribute to how much you lose. Heavier people will have an easier time losing weight than people who are already pretty thin.

There are other ways to lose an extreme amount of weight without putting your health at risk. But before you start a diet that’s so extreme, it’s important to talk to a doctor or dietitian and work with them throughout the diet to make sure your losing large amounts of weight safely.

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First Med Urgent Care: Losing weight in the new year

First Med Urgent Care: Shedding weight for 2018

First Med Urgent Care cares about health, and one of the best ways to maintain your health is to manage your weight. Maybe your nervous about making this your resolution this year because it hasn’t worked out in previous years, but First Med Urgent Care is here to help you reach your weight goals! Before you start any new diets or routines though, talk to your doctor and make sure you are physically able to start a new routine or diet. Talking to your doctor may also help you approach your weight management in a different way. The biggest problem with weight management is that people will start off motivated and ready for the first few weeks or months, but somewhere down the line because of work and/or home, the motivation dries up. Slow, step by step weight management could ultimately lead to a better life and a healthier you. Here are a few tips that might help you better manage your weight.

Set Milestones: So your main goal is to lose weight. That’s a good main goal to have, but how are you going to make that happen? Making smaller milestone goals can help you build up to a larger goal. An example would be to start with a 10-15 minute walk around a block 3-4 times a week. This goal is small enough that it can be easily accomplished after work, in-between classes, or in between other activities. A milestone should be something you can accomplish by taking just a few minutes out of your day. Make meal plans one week at a time. As you accomplish these milestones, slowly increase them. That 15 minute walk becomes a 30 minute walk, or a 15 minute run. Then, it becomes a 45 minute walk or a 30 minute run. Slow, steady, simple changes are a great way to keep from feeling overwhelmed by your main goal. Once you accomplish one milestone, make another and keep it up!

Think Positive!: Thinking about how hard and not-fun your diet might be will only bring you to your burn-out point quicker. If your goal is to become healthier, than stay focused on all the benefits you’re creating for your body. Making a healthy change in your life should feel good and be a joyful experience. Ever heard the term “fake it until you make it?” If you think you can do it, then you can and will!

Indulge in Moderation: The biggest thing to accept about weight loss is we’re only human. Wanting to eat tasty treats that aren’t good for us is going to happen. Like the old saying “we want what we can’t have,” so if you deny yourself tasty treats forever, the likelihood of your willpower lasting is slim to none. Before you know it, you’ll be stuffing your face full of sweets! If something like cake is your weakness, avoid buying it so your not tempted to much on it at home. If you happen to see cake at a social event though, it’s perfectly fine to have a small portion. Just remember, “Always in moderation.”

Don’t give up on your weight loss plan for 2018, just keep moving forward!

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Urgent Care Shares Dangers Of Starving Yourself For Weight Loss: Part 2

First Med Urgent Care Encourages Healthy Practices

In part one of this series, our urgent care staff talked about how people feel this crazy rush to lose weight quickly before summer arrives. We also talked about how some of those people decide that starving themselves is a quick fix, but in reality this choice can cause more problems. We discussed how severe fatigue and muscle deterioration can be causes of malnutrition. If you have questioned whether this “dieting” decision is right for you, our urgent care doctors have provided a few more dangerous reasons why you should reconsider.

Let’s take a look at what other detrimental side effects can be caused by starving yourself for weight loss:

1.) Slower Metabolism: It may seem ironic, but rather than help people lose weight, many times starving the body leads to having an even slower metabolism. This happens, because when the body enters starvation mode it starts to conserve the energy previously stored in order to survive. The brain will trigger the thyroid to slow down the metabolic rate. Once you do start eating again the body is no longer able to get back to burning calories which can prohibit weight loss in the future.

2.) Serious Health Problems: Even if you do manage to starve yourself to the point of rapid weight loss, you’ll be inviting a slew of other complications to possibly develop in your body. Improper nutrition and extreme weight loss practices can lead to heart attacks, seizures, bone health problems, and inflammation in various parts of the body which can cause ongoing pain. Some people may even experience psychological, behavioral, and emotional disorders as a result of malnutrition.

In part one, we listed a few options for losing weight that weren’t so extreme. Our urgent care staff has come up with a few more things you can do to help yourself move in the right direction in a more healthy way. Consider the following:

  • Try bringing a packed, healthy lunch with you to work or school.
  • Need motivation? Use the buddy system by inviting a friend to workout with you.
  • Brush your teeth after eating to prevent overeating. This can be a psychological trigger to your brain that mealtime is over.
  • Choose a smaller plate to help keep your portions more controlled.
  • If you have to eat out, immediately ask for a to-go container and pack away half of your meal for later. Out of sight, out of mind!

Our urgent care staff hopes that this information has helped you realize that starving your body isn’t worth the dangers. We hope you have a happy, healthy journey towards meeting your goals whether that be before summer arrives or long after. Taking your time is better than rushing it.

First Med Urgent Care is a walk-in urgent care medical clinic that provides medical treatment to individuals, families and employers. We are open 7 days a week 8:00am – 7:30pm. If you’re in need of medical assistance and you’d like to check-in online to speed up your visit, please click here.

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Urgent Care Shares Dangers Of Starving Yourself For Weight Loss: Part 1

First Med Urgent Care Encourages Healthy Practices

With the realization that summer is only a few months away a lot of people get this fear-driven impulse to lose weight quickly. Sometimes, people who are unhappy with their body feel that exercising doesn’t fall within their allotted time frame for every day life. This often leads those same types of people to believe that starving themselves is an effective weight loss method; however, doing so has a lot of dangerous repercussions. If you’ve found yourself feeling like starving your body is a good idea, our urgent care doctors would advise you otherwise and encourage healthy practices.

Not convinced with that statement alone? Then, let’s take a look at two of the dangers caused by starving yourself:

1.) Severe Fatigue: Crash dieting deprives your body of important nutrients which will cause your body to stop functioning properly. Not eating for an extended period of time will lead to severe fatigue and headaches which may cause you to stop being able to complete normal tasks properly.

2.) Muscle Loss: Muscles are just like other parts of your body that rely on good nutrition to stay alert. Through nutrients and blood, the muscles become flexible and strong. Without the right amount of nutrition your muscles will begin to decrease, or waste away. This is known as muscles atrophy.

Options for losing weight don’t have to be so extreme. Our urgent care staff has come up with a few things you can do to help yourself move in the right direction in a more healthy way. Consider the following:

  • Get plenty of sleep as lack of sleep can spike hunger!
  • Keep a food journal to help you stay on track.
  • Don’t give in to cravings. Try drinking more water, instead.
  • It’s so important we’ll mention it twice– drink more water!
  • Try even the smallest exercise such as a walk around the block or a soft jog in place while you watch television.

Our urgent care staff hopes that this information has helped you realize that starving your body isn’t worth the dangers. In case you’re still on the fence about the subject, come back and read part two in a few weeks!

First Med Urgent Care is a walk-in urgent care medical clinic that provides medical treatment to individuals, families and employers. We are open 7 days a week 8:00am – 7:30pm. If you’re in need of medical assistance and you’d like to check-in online to speed up your visit, please click here.

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Lose Weight: A New Year’s Resolution for 2015

First Med Urgent Care: Health!

At First Med Urgent Care we care about your health! Perhaps your New Year’s resolution in the past has been to lose weight, but it didn’t work out so you’re worried about making this your resolution for 2015? Of course, before you start any new routines for diet or exercise, you will want to speak with your doctor and if you are physically able, perhaps, you should approach your new plan differently than you have in the past. The problem with most weight loss goals is that people get super motivated for the first few weeks or even months, but somewhere between work and home life, the motivation fizzles out. Maybe taking it slowly, step by step, could lead to an ultimately healthier you. There are a few ways to have a better weight loss plan this time around. It’s time to change your approach.

Set milestone goals: You might be thinking that your goal is simply to lose weight. It’s great that your overall goal is to lose weight, but what are you going to do to make that happen? Make milestone goals to make building up to the larger goal easier. For example, you can start out small with a 10-15 minute walk around the block 3-4 times a week. A great time to do this would be after work, school or in between activities. Just take out a few minutes of your day to accomplish your milestone. Make your meal plans just for one week at a time. As you progress through your first milestones you can start increasing your exercise activity. Your walk can become a jog, your jog can become a run, and your length of time can be increased. Slow, simple changes are a great idea so that you don’t feel overwhelmed. Once you accomplish those goals, set new milestones and keep at it.

Think positively: Thinking about a diet in a negative light will probably not get you very far before you reach your burn-out point. If your goal is to be healthier, then fill your thoughts with how great you feel about the benefits you’re creating for your body. Making a healthy change should be a joyful occasion. Have you ever heard the saying “fake it until you make it?” If you believe you can do it, then you can and will, so think positively!

Indulge once in a while: We’re human and wanting to eat tasty treats that aren’t necessarily healthy for us is going to happen. As the old saying goes “we want what we can’t have,” so if you take yummy stuff away from yourself “forever,” the likelihood of that lasting is slim to none and before you know it you’ll be stuffing your face full of it! If chocolate is your weakness, it is best to avoid buying chocolate so that you won’t be tempted to munch on it all day, but if you happen to come across it at a social event, don’t fret about having a small portion. It’s okay to indulge once in a while.

Don’t give up on your weight loss plan for 2015, just keep moving forward!