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10 Ways to Get Healthier in 2011

January 5, 2011 No Comments by Scott Isaacs MD

Losing weight and getting healthier is the number one resolution for the New Year.  A new year brings a fresh start and new hope when you have been stuck in a rut.  My advice for starting off your healthy habits is to just get started.  Even if it means eating one less French fry or walking for five minutes, the key is to just get started.  Then you can add more and more positive health behaviors to your daily routine.  Before you know it, you’ll be on your way to a healthier 2011.

Here are ten suggestions for you to start getting healthier in 2011.

1. Become a Facebook fan.Facebook

Click “Like” on my Facebook page.  I’ll keep you up to date with the most recent news on health, weight loss and hormonal balance.

2.  Follow me on Twitter. Twitter

Follow me on Twitter where you’ll get the latest on what you need to know to be healthier and leaner this year.

WordPress Blog3.  Read my Blog.

You’ve already found my blog at www.outsmarthormones.com where I have been posting weekly articles on how you can outsmart your hungry hormones.  Even better, fill in your address in the box to the right and subscribe to my blog posts!

4.  Read my eBook.

My latest eBook is  “Get Lean and Healthy for Life”.  If you have just two of the following symptoms, there’s a good chance you’ll do well with the Hormonal Health Diet:

  • Significant weight gainGet Lean and Healthy for Life
  • Difficulty losing weight despite diet and exercise
  • A tendency to gain in your middle
  • Fatigue or excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Insomnia
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood sugar
  • Carbohydrate cravings
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (in women)–excess facial hair, abnormal menstruation, acne, fertility problems)
  • Symptoms of low testosterone (in men)—decreased libido, fatigue, erectile dysfunction, depression

When your hungry hormones are out of control, you feel tired all the time because your body is converting food into fat instead of fuel. Your muscles become flabby, and fat builds up inside your belly. Organs and blood vessels fill with fat. You not only gain weight, but end up with serious health problems like diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. The Hormonal Health Diet can address all of these problems.

5.  Read a Book.

My books explain in clear and simple terms how all your hormones work together to control your appetite, body weight and metabolism.  You’ll learn about the subtle or not so subtle signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance and what you can do to get your body’s system of communication back on track.  No other book takes the approach of total hormonal balance for weight loss.  Check them out here.

6.  Join a Weight Loss Program.

Our weight-loss programs are scientifically based and promote fast, maximum weight loss and better health. Patients in our programs lose an average of 35-60 pounds. Many people lose over 100 pounds. Whether you have 200 pounds to lose or just 20, we can help. More than just a diet, our weight loss programs provide you with lifelong skills for your health and weight management. Our science-based approach is backed by years of experience. Our state-of-the-art weight management programs will improve weight and overall health at the same time. We specialize in comprehensive and compassionate approach to weight loss.  We offer a variety of options, all of which emphasize the easiest, most effective strategies for weight loss and long-term weight maintenance.

More information about our weight loss programs at Intelligent Health Center.

New Years Resolutions and Weight Loss7.  Set Goals.

Goal setting is an important process for achieving ideal body weight. Goals help make your vision of the future into reality. Your best bet is to set both short and long term goals. Setting realistic goals helps you decide what you want to achieve. By knowing exactly what you want to weigh, you know where you have to focus your efforts. You’ll be better equipped to avoid temptations that would otherwise distract you from achieving your goals.

8.  Be Realistic.

Don’t burn yourself out with unrealistic goals.  Small steps will ultimately result in big changes.

9.  Check Your Hormones.

HormonesMany people struggle with weight loss despite eating healthier and getting more physical activity. If you are working hard at losing weight and are not seeing results, you may have a medical problem. Endocrinologists are uniquely qualified to evaluate and treat abnormal weight gain and diet-resistant obesity. Hormones and body weight are very closely related. A hormonal disorder can be the underlying cause of failure to lose weight with diet and exercise.  An evaluation with a board-certified endocrinologist can identify treatable hormonal problems that may be interfering with weight loss.

10.  See a Doctor.

Are you gaining weight despite eating healthier and getting more physical activity? If you are gaining weight for no apparent reason, you may have a medical problem. Often times, a hormonal disorder can be the underlying cause of unexplained weight gain. An evaluation with a board-certified endocrinologist can identify treatable hormonal problems that may be causing unexplained weight gain.  Because abnormal weight gain is considered a medical problem, insurance companies usually allow a full evaluation with an endocrinologist.

An evaluation typically includes obtaining a detailed history, physical examination and laboratory testing. There are many different medical problems that can cause weight gain. Your physician will perform a detailed evaluation to look for the common and not so common causes of abnormal weight gain.

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