January is almost over, and it wasn’t that long ago that we made resolutions for the new year. Dentist in Monroe, Washington Dr. Travis Magelsen and his team want to encourage patients not to give up when it comes to weight loss for better health in 2014! These helpful tips can get you back on track when it comes to your weight loss resolutions.
Get Plenty of Sleep
This might not seem like an obvious tip when it comes to weight loss, but not getting enough sleep may derail even the most well-intentioned resolution to keep weight off in the new year. A consistent lack of sleep impairs judgement and messes with appetite signals between the digestive system and the brain. A sleep deficit can make people feel more hungry when really it’s sleep that we crave. The calories help keep us going, but we could be avoiding unnecessary extra calories by simply getting more sleep.
Sleep effects every system in our bodies, including how food is metabolized while we’re both awake and asleep. A popular book called The Sleep Diet takes readers through specifics on just how sleep effects weight loss efforts in language that is easy to understand, emphasizing our need to calm our brains and bodies to ready them for consistent sleep.
Focus on Food Changes
Living in a culture that focuses on processed and fast food, it can be difficult to navigate just what kinds of foods are best when wanting to achieve weight loss. It’s important to think about the changes you want to make, incorporating into overall lifestyle changes.
For example, if you are used to going out to a restaurant for lunch, try packing a lunch full of protein, fruits and vegetables. Protein sources – like eggs, meat and nuts – can help you feel full and satisfied without all of the chemicals and extra calories and fat found in restaurant or processed foods. Also try cutting out drinks that are full of sugar, like juice and soda throughout the day, which are also bad for your teeth. Replace these with water or herbal tea, which eliminates the sugar and calories and can help with weight loss.
Brush and Floss Your Teeth
Oral health is tied to your overall health, and that goes for losing weight. Make it a habit to brush your teeth after every meal, including after lunch. Stash a travel toothbrush and toothpaste in your desk drawer at work, then take some time after lunch to take care of your teeth. This practice can keep you from snacking, diverting your attention away from temptations in the middle of the day. The increased brushing will also help keep your smile healthy and bright!
Start With Small Steps
If you feel like you simply want to give up when it comes to weight loss, take heart! Every little decision we make can have a positive impact on our physical and dental health. If you have a goal of losing 50 pounds or for running a marathon in the spring or summer, try breaking these down into manageable steps. Instead, focus on losing 5 or 10 pounds at a time and hiring a personal trainer to help you get into shape.
Monroe dentist Dr. Travis Magelsen is excited to partner with patients of all ages for good dental health. Call 360-794-8292 to schedule your personal appointment!