We hear about it all the time: America is getting fatter and sicker. Diet books flood the market, programs charge hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars, and more people are signing up for gastric by-pass surgery to be set free from the chains of obesity.
Who is obese? Anyone whose weight is 20% above what is considered their normal weight.
People are morbidly obese, if they are 50 to 100% over their normal weight.
From the slightly overweight to the extremely obese, people experience a similar cycle:
- Discouragement – they may have tried diet and exercise programs and found they either didn’t work, or more likely the person didn’t work them.
- Weight gain.
- Fear of failure is what this discouragement turns into and can lead these people to quit trying.
- Weight gain.
- More weight gained.
- And so on.
Obesity impacts the way society treats people when it comes to hiring and job promotions. In some cases, they become “socially unacceptable.”
This is hard, but the most difficult part is when they find themselves “personally unacceptable.” You might think this would increase their determination to lose the weight, but it can have the opposite result.
What can an obese person do?
Studies are showing that as a person’s weight increases, his or her spine becomes subluxated. When out of alignment, nerves are pinched, inflammation occurs, and energy in the whole body is decreased.
While I’m not advocating any specific diet or exercise program (other than walking), here is an excellent way for anyone wanting to lose weight to regain their health:
- Get your spine adjusted before starting any diet or exercise program. Aligned bodies respond better to all the important changes you are about to make.
- Eat right – you know what this means for you. Remember this: diets under 1200 calories per day usually don’t work – the body thinks it’s in starvation mode and reacts by storing fats.
- Exercise – a simple walking program (SEE THIS POST) is enough to get you started. If you are morbidly obese, ask your doctor to refer you to a program you can do from a chair. If you have a lot of weight to lose and you haven’t exercised lately, your body is going to hurt. When you come in for your adjustments, we can talk about ways to help relieve this discomfort.
- Get your spine adjusted regularly. As your weight reduces, your body has to be re-aligned on a regular basis.
You can do this – chiropractic adjustments can help.
Dean Ferber, Doctor of Chiropractic
Byron Family Chiropractic Clinic, 501 NW Frontage Rd, Byron, MN
Located 5 miles from Rochester, MN!
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