Beautique Med Spa - September 2019

SEPTEMBER 2019 the Beauty BOOK

Women are at a slight disadvantage here because their muscle mass is typically less than men’s. This means you need to eat less than your boyfriend or husband to maintain your weight. It also doesn’t mean you should avoid muscle-building exercises. On the contrary, at least a couple times a week, include a strength-training class or workout in your routine. This will help you build muscle and burn off your food more efficiently. When it comes to diets, don’t expect a miracle. You might find one you like — many people have success doing keto, paleo, or low-carb diets. You can try one of these, with the approval of your doctor, of course, but, ultimately, balance is key. Eating a lot of vegetables and focusing on lean proteins and whole grains is going to be more sustainable. If you’re a new mom, first off, congratulations! Continue to eat properly and take your prenatal vitamins. Get back to exercising as soon as you can. Maybe, at first, you can walk around the block with your baby. If you gained some extra pounds during your pregnancy, you’ll need to be strict now to get back to your regular weight. Eating a lot of carbs will only ensure you maintain your new weight. If you feel like you’ve been doing all the right things — eating balanced, proportional meals and exercising — and are still overweight, a hormone imbalance could be part of the issue. When we’re young, our bodies generally work pretty well. As we age, some of our functions start to slow down, including our production of estrogen and testosterone. That’s where hormone testing and hormone therapy can be helpful. If you can maintain a healthy weight, it will be much easier than trying to lose it year after year. Don’t use the holidays as an excuse. Be consistent, find a diet-and-exercise routine that works for you, and talk to your wellness team about treatments that can help you stay healthy and fit.

Weighting on a Miracle

Why We End Up Overweight and How to Stop It

Have you ever struggled with your weight? For many Americans, it’s a lifelong battle. I recently talked to a colleague of mine about this issue. We discussed how many people in the U.S. are 20–30 pounds overweight. “But why?” I wondered. My colleague had a good point: Each year during the holidays, we put on weight. Maybe it’s just a few pounds. In January, we try to lose it, but it’s tough to get rid of all of it. Over time, a pound here and two pounds there add up. As years fly by, the weight accumulates, and you end up with an extra 30 pounds weighing you down. There’s more than just appearance at stake here. Being overweight vastly increases your risk for cancer and many other diseases. It’s a more frequent cause of breast cancer than radiation. So, it’s crucial that we find a way to maintain a healthy weight.

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