Healthy eating and managing your weight can help prevent and control significant health problems, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Board-certified internist and metabolic specialist Kishwar Shareef MD, PC, in Randolph, New Jersey, provides weight management services to help you shed unwanted pounds. Ready to achieve a healthy weight? Call today or book a consultation online.
Lasting weight loss is a balancing act. The scales will tip in your favor over time if you consume fewer calories than your body burns in a day. It sounds simple, but if you’ve tried dieting, you know it’s not.
Putting on extra pounds happens to almost everyone. Often, there's no single reason. Instead, a combination of factors causes you to gain weight. Many of these factors are out of your control, including:
What's more, your metabolism slows down with age. As an adult, you’re also more likely to spend your entire day sitting behind a desk. Without regular exercise, you gradually put on more and more unwanted pounds.
Your body burns energy even when you’re not exercising. That’s because bodily activities like breathing, circulating blood, and growing and repairing cells all require energy. The number of calories your body uses to carry out these essential functions is known as your basal metabolic rate, or what’s commonly called your metabolism.
A series of factors determine your metabolism. These include your:
Two additional factors also influence your ability to reach your weight-loss goals:
You burn calories through exercise and physical activity, including routine activities like walking your dog or cleaning the house. By increasing your daily physical activity, you can burn more calories and lose weight. Larger people and people with more muscle mass tend to burn more calories.
Thermogenesis is the calorie-burning process by which your body digests, absorbs, and stores the food you eat. Around 10% of the calories you consume in the form of protein and carbohydrates are burned during thermogenesis.
Weight management isn’t about adopting a specific diet. Instead, it’s built on healthy eating habits and lifestyle changes to help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
If you struggle with your weight, Dr. Shareef offers weight management plans in the convenience of her office.
Find out more about your options by calling or booking a consultation online with Kishwar Shareef MD, PC, today.