Preparations And Procedures Before You Attend A Weight Loss Clinic
by Clifford Ramos
If you have never been a patient in a weight loss clinic, you can find that it is a serious commitment that can change your life. Once you begin attending a weight loss clinic, you can have professional guidance and personalized advice that is specifically tailored to your body, your habits and your needs. This is invaluable. In order to make sure that you get the most benefit from your new weight loss program, there are a few things that you can do to prepare yourself, especially if this is your first time. Prepare yourself to attend a weight loss clinic by doing the following:
Eat Less Food and Drink More Water - Reduce the amount of food that you are consuming each day. Instead of eating your normal portion of food, reduce that portion by 25%. Eat slowly and if you are still hungry after eating, wait for 20 minutes before eating additional food. This can give your body time to adjust to this smaller amount of food and drink and reduce your cravings for more. Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day. If you are a coffee or tea drinker, you can add the amounts of those liquids into your total liquid count for the day. By reducing your food intake and increasing your water consumption you are teaching your body to adjust to new levels. Soon your body will be satisfied with less food and will desire to drink more water.
Track Your Food And Drink In A Food Journal - Keep a food journal to track what you eat and drink. Write down every bite of food that you consume and every drop of liquid that you imbibe each and every day. This journal is a great eye opener as you often do not realize exactly how much food and drink you are ingesting each day. Weigh each item of food that you eat and measure each ounce of liquid that you drink and add these measurements to your daily food journal. Keep your food journal with you at all times. For maximum benefit, continue tracking your food and drink in this journal after you become a patient in a weight loss clinic.
Exercise Every Day And Track Your Activity And Time - Begin a daily exercise program. If you have not been exercising for a while, start slowly and build up to longer periods of exercise and more intense movement. Start by walking briskly for 10 minutes, 3 times a day, every day of the a week. Each week, add an additional 3 minutes to each of your exercise sessions. Tennis, handball, running, jogging, volleyball, soccer, and other physical activities can all contribute to creating and expending more stamina and energy each day. As you build your stamina and energy, you can add other activities to your exercise routine so that you are exercising 45 minutes to 1 hour each day.
Stretch Before You Exercise - Precede each of your exercise sessions with 10 minutes of stretching to heat up your muscles and prepare them for exertion. One important stretch you can do is to stretch your calve muscles and Achilles tendons. You can do this by standing on your toes on a stair step while allowing your heels to hang over the edge of the stair step. Hang on to the handrail and slowly lower your heels below your toes and the top of the stair step and hold the position for 10 seconds. Repeat this movement 12 - 15 times. Add additional calf, thigh, arm, shoulder, neck, and spine stretches as desired and appropriate for your exercise routine.
Successful weight loss is achieved by consuming less food and exercising more. Once you become a patient of a weight loss clinic, keep an open mind to the clinic procedures and practices that can teach you how to eat less and exercise more. Commit yourself completely to your weight loss doctor's recommendations and advice and follow his or her directions each day. Within a month, you can see a reduction in your body size and improvement in your stamina and energy level. These things can give you the encouragement you need to continue on to more significant weight loss results.
I was badly injured a year ago, and it took a long time to get back to my normal level of ability. One of the things that helped more than anything was the time that I spent in physical therapy. I didn’t always love going to physical therapy – in fact, sometimes, I really didn’t enjoy it at all. But ultimately, the therapists and other patients I worked with helped inspire me to get better, and the exercises facilitated my healing process.
I started this blog to talk about all of the things I learned about physical therapy and healing during my recovery time. I hope my blog reaches other accident victims. I want to offer encouragement, hope, and information for people who are in the same boat that I was in.