Instead of Resolving to Lose Weight, Resolve to Do This

New Years ResolutionsThis is one of my favorite weeks of the year because I usually get to spend an entire week with my wife and kids as I look forward to the New Year. Unfortunately, a lot of people quickly leave the joy of Christmas behind and become depressed or feel guilty about how they look, their relationships, or their career.

This helps to explain why nearly half of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Of course, the most common resolution is to lose weight, whether that means going to the gym or trying the latest fad diet.

The problem with the average exercise regimen is that most are unsupervised. Instead of following a customized fitness program developed by a professional, most people do what they see other people do – run on the treadmill, lift weights, take an aerobics class, and so on. Continue reading

About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

You Can’t Measure Health with a Bathroom Scale: A NHC Success Story

Proodian healthcare Patient Success StoryI’ve had the pleasure of getting to know a fantastic woman who came to Natural Healthcare Center through CityWell, a free resource created to help city of Long Branch employees and their dependents lead healthier lives. I’m proud to be CityWell’s health educator.

To protect this patient’s privacy, I’ll refer to her as Olivia.

Olivia is 5-foot-1 and weighed 256 pounds when she first came to see us. Just 27 years old, she was diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome, a group of medical disorders that collectively increase the risk of chronic illnesses like cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer.

Olivia’s Body Mass Index (BMI) was 48.5. BMI greater than 30 is considered obese. Her body fat percentage, which should be under 30 percent, was 54.1 percent.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Why Can’t I Lose Weight?

Overwhelmed Woman Looking at List of Weight Lost ChoicesI enjoyed a few rare days off with the family for Christmas and New Year’s, and I guess Santa hit the cookies a little too hard this year because we discovered a leaky roof in our laundry room.

I had the insurance agent come to the house and he wrote me a check for the damage he could see. I asked him about possible damage behind the walls, thinking the water may have caused damage in the bathroom or found its way downstairs into the basement.

The insurance agent said, “We only pay for what we can see.”

I understand insurance companies have their policies, so I took the check and said I would call him if we find more damage when my contractors go in and make the necessary repairs.

This is an illustration of the prevailing mindset in our country, but especially in healthcare. We only treat what we can see. What can I see in the mirror? What can I see on the scale?

Unfortunately, not enough people take the time to dig deeper behind the walls to check for damage and see if water is flowing down to the basement, which brings us to the title of this post – a question I commonly hear from patients and audience members at my speaking engagements:

Why can’t I lose weight?

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Beyond Scales and Mirrors: Understanding Weight Loss

understanding weight lossWe all have different motivations for losing weight. Some people want to fit into their skinny jeans or wear a bikini when they go on vacation. This group usually follows some kind of gimmick diet or workout regimen, looking for fast and often temporary weight loss.

Radical weight loss is one of the unhealthiest things we can do to our bodies. That’s why you die on a diet.

Other people believe losing weight will make them healthier. The goal is admirable, but it’s kind of backwards. Instead of viewing weight loss as a way to become healthier, we need to understand that weight loss is simply a byproduct of living a wellness lifestyle.

Before you see a nutritionist who only wants to sell you a supplement, and before you join a gym where a trainer takes your measurements and promises to pump you up, you need to have a better understanding of the science of weight loss.

Most people use two very basic methods for measuring weight loss – standing on the bathroom scale and looking in the mirror. These methods aren’t very scientific, and they don’t take into account several important metrics that need to be analyzed when losing weight as part of a wellness lifestyle.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Shedding Pounds for Summer? Don’t Fall for These 5 Weight Loss Myths

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Skinny jeans. Swimsuits. Tank tops. Skirts and shorts. Yes, we all would like to look our best for summer, and maybe losing 5-10 pounds would help us feel a little more confident as we spend more time outdoors and on vacation.

If you’re thinking of shedding weight for summer, don’t believe the myths or fall for the gimmicks you see on TV or read about online. None of them follow the Triad of Health and integrate physical, nutritional and psychological components in a way that’s balanced and healthy. Remember, the scale and the mirror are far less important than our actual body composition and proper blood values.

So many of these myths produce short-term results – if any results at all – and lead to a lifetime of poor, unhealthy habits and decisions. In fact, named diet plans have more than a 90 percent failure rate after three years. That doesn’t sound like a great investment. Let’s learn the science and implement good habits for life – not just to fit into a bikini or a new dress. Here are five common weight loss myths.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.