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Solving the Weight Loss Puzzle

Curing weight problems for good is the key to success

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hen Marlow Perez, MD, and Drew Werner, MD, sought to develop more effective ways to help their patients lose weight, they knew it would take an outof-the-box approach. “While no patient would accept a lifetime of crutches to manage a broken leg with no attempt to heal the bone, many patients accept a lifetime of medication Dr. Marlow Perez to manage diabetes or to treat hypertension,” Perez says. “Our approach is about equipping our patients with tools to cure them.” The key, say these family medicine physicians who are also athletic trainers, is focusing on three key areas: adequate sleep, regular exercise, and a healthy diet. “All three of these are hard to do consistently all the time,” Werner says. “But it doesn’t have to be incredibly difficult or challenging. We work with you where you are.” Dr. Drew Werner For every patient, the plan looks different. While one person may exercise daily, he may be sleeping only four hours a night and eating high-carb foods to make it through the day. Another may eat a healthy diet but sits at a desk all day. Perez and Werner give these tips to as guidelines: Get regular, adequate sleep Not everyone needs eight hours nightly, but you should feel rested and be able to wake up without an alarm clock on most days.

4 Ways Those Extra Pounds Are Hurting You Now

Being overweight can not only put you at an increased risk for health concerns in the future, it may be harming your health today. Here are a few examples: Depression: Obese people are 25 times more likely to suffer from depression than people of a normal weight.

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Stay active throughout the day, every day New research is finding that it’s important to be moving for at least five to 10 minutes every hour you are awake plus working in a session of strength training, stretching, or aerobic exercise most days. Eat close to the ground Rather than worry about counting points or measuring percentages of fats versus protein, this one easy-to-remember guideline will help you maintain your ideal weight and health: Make vegetables and fruits at least half of every meal and reduce—or even eliminate—any food that requires a manufacturing plant. By following a simple yet customized approach, many of Perez and Werner’s patients are losing up to 8 to 10 pounds per month and seeing their diabetes resolved. “It’s remarkable what any human body can do with the right motivation, persistence, and education,” Werner says.

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Sleep apnea: Individuals who are overweight have extra tissue in the back of their throat that can obstruct the airway, preventing air from getting into the lungs while they’re sleeping. Osteoarthritis: Recent research shows fat cells may be working against our bodies in ways that can destroy our joints. Diabesity: Approximately 90 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese, leading to this new term.

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