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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!

Apple Cider Vinegar

Is Apple Cider Vinegar Good For Weight Loss?

Apple Cider Vinegar And Your Health

With school over and the warm summer months full steam ahead, many people are trying to get in their best shape for trips to the lake, the beaches down south, or afternoons at water parks across the state. Apple cider vinegar has been mentioned in many circles as the magical liquid for weight loss. The question on everyone’s mind is “does it really work?”

Today, First Med Urgent Care will be going over some important details you should be aware of when thinking about drinking apple cider vinegar. First, we want to address the whole theory revolving this miracle weight loss drink.

The only documented study for weight loss by consuming apple cider vinegar was conducted in Japan. In this study 175 obese, but reportedly, otherwise healthy individuals drank either water or vinegar daily for 12 weeks. The results only showed that those who used vinegar had only lost 1-2 pounds over the 3 month period and gained all the weight back upon completion of the study. This suggests it may not be the best method for weight loss. Trust this, First Med Urgent Care staff sure wishes it were that easy!

That being said, it has been reported by Carol Johnston, PhD, at Arizona State University that apple cider vinegar does appear to have positive effects on blood sugar by somewhat blocking starches from being digested. This means that it could benefit those with diabetes by keeping blood sugar in check. It can also help with digestion.

To make sure that you are taking in apple cider vinegar safely here are a few key rules to follow:

  • For the best benefit make certain to purchase unrefined, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. It should look cloudy with a blob in the bottle. That blob is known as “the mother” and it is where the helpful probiotics and beneficial bacteria are coming from.
  • Do NOT drink the apple cider vinegar straight out of the bottle. To prevent burning your esophagus or stripping your tooth enamel with the highly acidic vinegar, dilute 1-2 tablespoons in a large glass of water. Only drink it with your meals or two times daily.

We, here at First Med Urgent Care, hope that you have found this information helpful. Be safe and remember that hard work, exercise, and healthy diet are the best ways to get your body in the best shape of your life.