At the Body & Mind Medical Weight Loss Center, we strive to provide each individual with the knowledge and tools necessary to leading a healthier life. Many people have found a successful start with our KE Diet program and we couldn’t be happier to have contributed to the first step of their journey. But as weight management professionals, we know that becoming healthier is more than just a 10-day program. Real change comes when a person finds balance, both mentally and physically, and makes healthy choices on a daily basis.

Health Starts in Your Mind

All too often, when people decide to be more healthy, what they really mean is that they are going to try the latest diet. Maybe they want to be healthy just long enough to shed a few pounds. Cookbooks and recipes are inevitably a part of this grand desire, and money is sure to be spent on fruits, vegetables, cooking utensils for those special recipes, and various other items not normally on the shopping list. This process is often part of a vicious cycle of dieting, a cycle that leads to disappointment.

The nature and reality of healthy living require more than fad diets and temporary fixes. True health starts with a health-centered frame of mind. Making healthy choices needs to become second nature, a way of life, before lasting changes can be achieved. When they do become a part of our everyday thinking, our way of life, it becomes much easier to maintain our exercise and weekly meal plans.

Goal Hunting

Another important step towards a healthier body and life that many people tend overlook is the act of setting goals. Goals are like a having a map on a road trip to an unknown destination: You might arrive without one, but you are far less likely to get lost and waste time if you have one. It isn’t enough to simply say “I want to lose 50 pounds.” That type of goal is good, but it is too abstract. It’s important to have achievable, smaller goals on the road to your overall goal, particularly if you want to lose a substantial amount of weight. Smaller goals that might be helpful in that case would be to aim to exercise a certain number of times a week or losing weight in smaller increments over time.

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Too often overlooked in the weight management process, getting plenty of rest is one of the most important things you can do to increase your overall health. Sleep allows your body to heal and repair itself throughout the night. It can also boost your immunity and alleviate some conditions like inflammation. So the next time you are tempted to stay up late, rethink that decision. Your body and your mind will thank you for it in the morning.

If you are ready to take the first steps towards becoming healthier, the professionals at the Body & Mind Medical Weight Loss Center are ready to help. Contact us for more information today.