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As New Year's resolutions start to fade, we slowly give in to cravings and temptations and stop putting our health first. This may be because our resolutions are too lofty to begin with. It's tough to see the light at the end of the tunnel when your goal is to lose 50 pounds before bikini season – that's an unrealistic expectation when there's little to no planning or strategy involved.
Instead of making 2016 your year of weight loss, let's be more objective and steadfast in creating your health goals and objectives. By using your lab work as a starting off point, you can create goals that are measureable and accomplishable – and which will lead to weight loss if you remain focused!
Using lab values enables us to see how changes in eating and exercise is making an impact on our health and wellness through numbers. There is a concrete and direct correlation between the two, and ultimatley, this approach is much more effective than setting a weight loss goal.
If you've got weight loss or healthy living concerns, here are the numbers you should focus on now and throughout the year.
1. Hgb A1C: Is this lab, taken every 90-days within normal range?
2. Triglycerides: Is this lab, taken every 6 months with normal range?
3. Total Cholesterol
6. Blood Pressure
If you focus on this objective and methodical approach, weight will come off without that being your sole focus. Health is a delicate balance between diet, exercise, and other lifestyle choices. Simply eating more fruits, vegetables, and fiber and moving more will help get you on the road to weight loss, effectively and safely.
Those with a coach or dietitian to help them prioritize typically make a lot more progress than those who don't or those who try to do it on their own. Obtain your labs so you have objective criteria, get help, and stay on a methodical approach as you focus on yourself in 2016!
Jeannene Davis graduated from The University of Texas Houston Health Science Center with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics and followed the degree with a Certification in Adult Weight Management and Diabetes Education. She provides in-house support to physician offices and large scale support to corporations and small businesses to ensure their employees have the most current information about nutrition and wellness.
She's worked in hospitals, outpatient radiation clinics, gene therapy centers, and even insurance companies, focusing on health and wellness, diabetes, and herb and supplement education, as well as renal nutrition support to pre-dialysis, dialysis, and renal transplant patients for a variety of companies since 1993.