When most people think of or talk about getting healthier, they are oftentimes thinking about how to lose weight. While overall health is more than just a number on a scale, for many people, getting healthy means adhering to better nutritional guidelines and, of course, getting that exercise in. Everywhere we turn—movies, TV, news, books, and magazines—tells us that rigorous exercise is the way to lose weight, and gym memberships consistently peak on January 1, as people make vows to get into the gym to get the weight off. After all, it is important to set goals to improve your health.
However, studies are beginning to paint a broader picture of what is needed for healthy bodies, and that includes healthy weight loss. Contrary to what we’ve all heard over the years, it’s not crazy amounts of exercise!
Put the Gym vs. Kitchen Debate to Rest
Some people swear that they lost their weight in the gym, while others are certain they lost theirs by changing their approach in the kitchen. While there are certainly many benefits to regular exercise, studies are beginning to shine a light on the impact that proper nutrition and caloric intake has on our overall wellbeing, as well as our weight loss. While regular movement and exercise do provide us with many benefits, from cardiovascular to musculoskeletal, the impact of our food on our overall health is far more significant.
You’ve probably heard the phrase, “Abs are made in the kitchen.” It’s not too far off—studies have shown that proper diet has a more significant effect on our overall health than our activity levels. Think about it this way: If someone eats nothing but fast food but exercises three times a day, are they going to be healthier than someone who eats a healthy, natural, non-processed diet but rarely exercises? Although we don’t want to minimize the importance of getting your body moving, it is true that what you put in your body is far more important than how often you move it.
It’s no secret that obesity and diabetes are markers of unhealthiness, often because of lack of proper nutrition and increased weight gain. The risk of obesity-related illness is extremely high, and that is linked to both diet and exercise. But remember that the food is what fuels your body to move, so it’s important that your diet is as healthy as possible, with few processed foods, little sugar, and as many whole, raw foods as possible.
Routine practice members visiting Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor know that regular, gentle chiropractic adjustments to correct spinal misalignments have immediate and long-term positive effects. Getting adjustments from Greater Life Chiropractic is one of the most efficient ways to positively impact your body’s ability to regulate and manage overall health. Just as practice members know the importance of regular adjustments, so we now know the importance of nutrition to drive overall health and weight loss.
Achieving Health Goals with Nutrition and Chiropractic Care
There are numerous new sayings to point people in the direction of a healthy, nutrition-centered lifestyle. There is some serious truth to the saying that a healthy inside makes for a healthy outside. And it’s clear now that what we put into our bodies is more important for overall, long-term health than our activity levels. Now that you know that nutrition is key to a successful wellbeing and to weight loss goals, you can begin to incorporate and explore the endless ways to enjoy food and the way eating healthy foods can make you feel.
If you’re curious about how chiropractic care and nutrition can help you lead a healthier life, it’s time to visit Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor at Greater Life Chiropractic. Dr. Lisetor and his team at Greater Life Chiropractic specialize in holistic chiropractic care to achieve overall wellness goals.
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