Urgent Care- Starving Yourself

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.

Urgent Care- Starving Yourself

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

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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!