Healthy Weight Can Help Manage Pain

by | Dec 12, 2013 | Health & Fitness

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FirstRehabThe physical therapist West Palm Beach patients require often see patients who are overweight. Weight can put pressure and strain on your body, which can lead to pain. Back pain, joint pain and neck pain can all result from being overweight. Finding a balance between diet and activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and avoid unnecessary pain.

Yoyo Diets and Drastic Measures

When you are overweight it can be tempting to jump on the fad diet bandwagon, as well as to drastically cut your calories. When you make a severe cut to your calories it can affect your metabolism slowing it down. Your body’s metabolism slows down when it perceives you are suffering from signs of starvation. This is because it is attempting to store fat. This is of course the exact opposite affect you are hoping to achieve when you are dieting. Although a cut in calories will allow you to lose weight, this will only last for a few days or weeks. Your body will then go into fat storing mode which means you will reach your weight loss plateau far too early and stagnate your weight loss plans. That is why it is important to look at a healthy diet such as reducing bad carbs and sugars and adding more fresh fruits and vegetables. Protein is helpful in building muscle and eating five small meals a day will help stabilize your blood sugars and avoid feeling hungry.

Physical Activity

Even your best efforts with a healthy diet can lead to a slower metabolism. When you exercise while enjoying a healthy diet your body will have all the energy it needs to effectively burn more calories. You will also be ale to do it safely. There really is no way around exercising if you want to lose weight. It provides the energy to keep your metabolism running efficiently and stopping it from slowing down. A combination of aerobic activity and weight lifting will strengthen muscle, which is important as muscle improves your metabolism’s performance.

Balancing exercise and diet will help you maintain a healthy weight, which in turn will help you avoid pain. A healthy weight will help you avoid visiting the physical therapist West Palm Beach needs for their pain management.

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