It’s not always easy for an 18 year old starting college to decide what to major in. Initially I went to school to be a journalist until I heard about the philosophy behind chiropractic. The idea just made so much sense to me, even though I’d never personally visited a chiropractor. What intrigued me was the idea that people can take care of their bodies without drugs and surgery.
Now three decades later, I’m immersed in my love of helping others, working not only as a chiropractor but also as a nutritionist. I’ve seen and been a part of improvements in others’ lives and for that, I am lucky. In my 37 years of practice, a common question and theme is weight loss. Please allow me to dispel a few myths.
Weight loss must be slow to be effective
Research now shows that fast weight loss is more effective. A study in Australia proved 81% of fast dieters lost 12.5% of body fat compared to 50% of gradual dieters.
Getting older causes belly fat
Belly fat is largely related to eating excessive amounts of processed carbohydrates. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine, November 2008, showed belly fat is linked to premature death. Men with excess of 40” waists and women in excess of 35” waists average roughly double the risk of premature death that those with 34”-28” waists. Each 2” increase in waist circumferences is associated with 17% increase in mortality in men and 13% increase in women.
Exercise is necessary in order to lose weight
Exercise has lots of health benefits; cardiovascular and lung health, muscle tone and stress relief, but it isn’t critical to weight loss.
Low calorie versus low carbohydrate
Technically, low carbohydrate diets are more effective, however, nutritional and protein balance is necessary for significant weight loss and a regime combining both concepts works fastest.
Fat lasers don’t work
Research published in the Journal Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, January 2010, proves otherwise. In a blind, placebo controlled randomized, multi-site study patients lost 3.5 to 9 inches compared to the placebo group that lost one half inch. In my office, we use the ZERONA laser, which is the first FDA approved non-invasive body contouring laser for inch loss and safety.
About the Author
Dr. Deborah Riekeman, D.C.
37 years practicing in Colorado Springs