Are fad diets safe?

How many diets have you tried over the years? Fad diets are everywhere, and there is no sign that they are going anywhere anytime soon. Although the diets change from time to time, there are some definite trends that you’ll always see come back around, like low fat and low calorie.

Fad diets are not necessarily unsafe. But everyone is different, and the diet that is right for one person may not be right for someone else. It is important that you focus more on overall nutrition and developing healthy eating habits.

Fad diets are also effective on a temporary basis. You are likely to lose weight either very quickly or not at all. If you are following a low-fat diet and your body really needs that fat to function properly, you might not lose weight at all. On the other hand, you could reach your goals quickly.

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How Your Doctor’s Visit Will Be Changed by COVID

If you have been putting off your trip to the doctor because everything has been limited to virtual appointments as much as possible, you’re not alone. A lot of people are not comfortable with telehealth options, and a basic phone call is often insufficient. If you’re done waiting to see a doctor in person, you can make an appointment with us today, but your visit will look much different than you’re probably used to.

Wearing masks

It is recommended that everyone wear masks where social distancing is not possible. Clearly, while a doctor is examining you, they will be a lot closer than six feet. That means that you and all of our medical staff will be wearing masks at all times. When that is not possible, we will take as much precaution as possible, including making sure that our masks remain in place. Remember that these measures are to protect us so that we can keep doing what we do.

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Getting Sports Physicals During the Pandemic

The pandemic has changed a lot, and that includes youth sports. However, even though your child’s school may be doing online instruction and closed classrooms, most are still going ahead with youth sports with precautions put in place. 

But getting a physical or other unnecessary medical visits are difficult to come by these days. Doctors are using telehealth as much as possible, and they are trying to keep in-person visits down to a minimum. If your child isn’t going to be starting sports right away, you might have a hard time getting physicals and other issues taken care of.

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Thinking Ahead to the Holidays: Build Habits Now to Avoid Holiday Weight

The holidays are fast approaching, and with them comes the seemingly inevitable weight gain. In fact, your body might have already started to betray you due to the pandemic, spending more time at home, and maybe snacking out of boredom. But there are a few habits that you can build that will put an end to snacking, while also preparing you to enjoy the holidays without worrying about gaining weight.

Use a smaller plate.

It might seem silly, but using a smaller plate can really help you maintain your weight. Most dinner plates in the U.S. are much larger than they really should be. If you load up a full dinner plate, you are probably eating more than you need to. Go back for seconds, and you’re doomed. 

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Why Lifestyle Changes Are Necessary for Lasting Weight Loss

Have you been the victim of fad diets that make big promises but deliver only short-term results? Many people fall into these traps. That’s why the weight loss industry is so successful, but the health of Americans shouldn’t be considered an industry to exploit for profits. And when you look at the science behind weight loss, it is clear that the industry is only hurting Americans.

What is all this talk about lifestyle changes?

When you want to lose weight and keep it off, you have to make changes to your lifestyle that will remain in place even after you reach your goal weight. Making changes only temporarily means that the weight loss will be temporary as well. If you want to keep the weight off forever, you’re going to have to make some hard choices.

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The Truth About How Long It Should Take to Lose Weight

“Learn how to lose 30 pounds in 30 days!” 

“Buy our program to lose up to 10 pounds per week!”

“I lost 40 pounds with this weight loss secret!”

Most of the time, when people are making claims like this, they are only trying to sell you their latest book, exercise video, Patreon, or other money making scheme. Can you really lose weight that fast? The short answer is: yes, but there are consequences.

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How to Work with Your Physical Therapist for Success

Physical therapy isn’t like most other medical treatments. The effort toward your recovery does not rest with the physical therapist alone. You have to work with your therapist, at the rehabilitation center and at home, if you want the treatment to be effective. 

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Be outspoken about pain and comfort.

If your physical therapist asks you to move a certain way and it is painful or uncomfortable, you can’t be shy about letting them know. Physical therapy will push your pain and range of motion thresholds to improve the strength and condition of the limb or joint, but it shouldn’t cause significant amounts of pain. Pain with certain positions or movements could indicate previously undetected injuries. 

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Why You Should Always Be Seen by a Doctor After a Car Accident

Have you recently been in a car accident? If the accident was minor and you didn’t feel any pain on the scene, you probably didn’t see a doctor. This can be a big mistake for several reasons, both legal and medical. Here’s why you need to make an appointment with us for evaluation after your car accident.

Whiplash is very common.

Whiplash is what happens when your head snaps forward and back with speed and/or force. Your seat belt holds the core of your body in place, but it does nothing to support your head and neck. Without that support, a rear end or head on collision could cause your neck to snap back and forth with impact. Air bags are meant to minimize this effect, but they don’t always deploy. 

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When to See Your Doctor for Severe Sunburn

When you go to the beach or pool, the first thing you do when you arrive is apply sunscreen so that you don’t deal with a sunburn when you go home at the end of the day. But what about when you’re just out and about, shopping, or getting some exercise? 

Most people don’t think about sunscreen during normal activities, especially on cloudy days, but the truth is that you can get a sunburn at any time that you spend a decent amount of time outdoors. Most sunburns can be treated at home, but some severe burns should be addressed by a doctor. 

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Coronavirus Symptoms That Could Be Something Else

Everyone is worried about the coronavirus pandemic; and, well, we should be. But sometimes hearing so much about a pandemic can make you think twice about your own symptoms. Before jumping to the conclusion that you have COVID-19, consider these other explanations for your symptoms before calling for an appointment.

Fever

Fever can be caused by almost any illness or infection. A fever by itself is no reason to fear a COVID diagnosis. However, fever is a telltale symptom that should be addressed if it doesn’t resolve itself. You can give it a few days before you decide to give us a call if the fever is mild, but you should self-isolate until you are sure that you aren’t infected.

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