Dietary guidelines have changed over the years as research becomes more accurate in determining what we should eat to attain optimal health and weight. The strongest evidence to date shows that calories matter, but focusing on food quality is an equally important part of preventing weight gain and promoting weight loss.
Focus on eating high-quality foods in appropriately sized portions.
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Consider quality, not just
“A calorie is a calorie” is an oft-repeated dietary slogan, and not overeating is indeed an important health measure. Rather than focusing on calories alone, however, emerging research shows that quality is also key in determining what we should eat and what we should avoid in order to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Rather than choosing foods based only on caloric value, think instead about choosing high-quality, healthy foods, and minimizing low-quality foods.
High-quality foods include unrefined, minimally processed foods such as vegetables and fruits, whole grains, healthy fats and healthy sources of protein – the foods recommended in the Healthy Eating Plate.
Lower-quality foods include highly processed snack foods, sugar-sweetened beverages, refined (white) grains, refined sugar, fried foods, foods high in saturated and trans fats, and high-glycemic foods such as potatoes.
There isn’t one “perfect” diet for everyone, owing to individual differences in genes and lifestyle. At Doctor for Life we specialize in designing programs for each individual person. Call us today to schedule your one on one visit to see what fits your lifestyle based off scientific research.
References: Harvard School of Public Health- The Nutrition Source
Doctor for Life provides the highest quality, customized therapeutic massage to our clients. We address complex muscular, skeletal and bio-mechanical conditions using the latest modalities and advanced techniques. Our values of trust, care and respect are at the core of every treatment. We are committed to your well-being. Massage is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques, to enhance function, aid in the healing process, decrease muscle reflex activity, inhibit motor-neuron excitability to promote well-being.
At Doctor for Life, we believe that therapeutic massage requires more than a “one size fits all” approach. Our licensed massage therapists understand that every client has unique needs and requires a personalized approach. We offer massage therapy services to treat women’s and men’s health issues. We employ a variety of modalities to guide you toward your wellness goals. Whether you need prenatal massage, postnatal massage, deep tissue massage, medical massage, sports massage, Swedish massage or therapeutic massage to ease chronic pain and digestion issues, we are here for you.
Whether you are utilizing massage for general muscle relaxation or as an adjunct to your wellness or rehabilitation program, our therapists will help restore normal tone and balance to your body.
A recent article by Internal Medicine News covered an October report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention citing that “being overweight or obese significantly increased the risk of developing at least 13 types of cancer.”
The study compared statistics between 2005 and 2014, showing that obesity-related cancers* increased by 7%. They found that 40% of nearly 1.6 million of all cancer diagnoses were people with overweight- or obesity-related cancers. The rates were more pronounced in older people (50-74 years of age) and women (possibly because of female-specific cancers). Although, during that same time period, incidences of cancers unrelated to body weight decreased by 13%.
CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald, MD…
A majority of American adults weigh more than recommended – and being overweight or obese puts people at higher risk for a number of cancers – so these findings are a cause for concern. By getting to and keeping a healthy weight, we all can play a role in cancer prevention.
Doctor for Life bridges the gap to fight overweight and obesity and chronic disease. Our Healthy Weight Lifestyle approach helps mitigate these negative statistics with screening and prevention. Our lead physician is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine.
Even though the effects of unhealthy weight on diabetes, cardiovascular disease, mortality and other health outcomes are widely known, there is less awareness that unhealthy weight gain is associated with increased risk of certain cancers. There are opportunities for Clinical Intervention, and at DFL, we have all the available tools with services and programs to fight these dreadful diseases.