Many of my patients struggle with diet and weight loss, and they are not alone. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), more than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese (BMI of 30 or higher). As our waistlines expand, so does our risk for stroke, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer. It is estimated the medical cost of obesity was $147 billion dollars in 2008 and it is on the rise! Isn’t the motivation to be healthy enough? Why do we struggle with obesity?
Daily stress, fast food convenience, processed foods, and GMOs are a few reasons why our nation has become “super-sized”. The Internet bombards us with the latest and greatest diets, supplements and secrets to dropping weight. Although some can be successful in the short term, these FAD diet are “here today, gone tomorrow”, just like your willpower. Common complaints about these diets are that they are too complicated, restrictive or require the purchase of special items.
Many of my patients have had success with the glycemic index (GI) diet, by Rick Gallop, a Canadian Cardiologist. Instead of focusing on RESTRICTING foods or caloric intake (which is how most people define ‘diet’), Dr. Gallop focuses on eating the right foods using a simple, color-coded method…a traffic light. Foods are broken down into “green” – go, or eat these foods often, “yellow” – proceed with caution, or eat only occasionally, and “red” – stop, or avoid these foods altogether. It is SIMPLE, flexible, doesn’t require calorie counting, is easy to follow, and does not require special foods or products. For more information you can visit www.gidiet.com or purchase the book at Amazon.
By following this intuitive way of eating, patients report that they are not hungry and they have lost weight. This diet works because it a lifestyle change…not a diet. Remember that the best ‘diet’ for you is one that literally changes your life. It is never too late to make a change for the better! If you have questions or would like to start your journey to healthier eating but don’t know where to start, contact my office for a consultation.
AIM for health!
12624 S. Route 59
Plainfield, IL 60585
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Dr. Kalpesh Patel, internal medicine doctor in Plainfield, is dedicated to providing quality health care to Plainfield, Naperville, and surrounding area residents. At Advanced Integrative Medicine, Dr. Patel offers cancer screenings in Plainfield, physical exams in Plainfield, nutritional supplements in Plainfield, healthy lifestyle management in Plainfield, and specialist referrals.