Nurse Practitioner, Carol Rowsemitt, Reports San Luis Obispo Nutrition And Weight Loss Myths
–California’s Central Coast is well known for fine dining and farm fresh nutrition. San Luis Obispo County especially has so much wonderful food it is a shame that people are depriving themselves because of myths about food and weight, so Carol Rowsemitt is debunking the myths.
This report takes a look at topics such as calories; weight loss, supplements, diets, and other food and nutrition myths. Rowsemitt explains why so many popular beliefs about weight loss are not quite true.
A calorie is a calorie
As a measure of energy, all calories have the same energy content. This does not mean that all calorie sources, the food we eat, have the same effects on weight. Calories consumed from proteins are not the same as those from fat or carbohydrates.
The body processes different foods through different metabolic pathway, which have very different effects on hunger and hormones that regulate body weight. Consuming more fat and protein and fewer carbs decreases insulin to help weight loss.
Steady weight loss
Weight is not always lost steadily week-by-week. Some weeks are better than others and sometimes the scales show a few extra pounds. As long as weight continues to drop over a reasonable length of time, gaining a pound or two once in a while is no reason for concern. It is normal for weight to fluctuate up or down by a few pounds.
Women tend to hold more water weight during the menstrual cycle. Some inflammation as the result of an intense exercise session might seem to add a few pounds. Depending on the last meal, it might be taking longer to digest and adding weight.
Not losing or gaining for a period of time is also normal, but if the scale reads the same for a few weeks, it might be time to discuss diet with a professional. A dietitian or nutritionist in San Luis Obispo can help, but another choice is a weight management specialist with advanced practice nursing certifications. Carol Rowsemitt, PhD, RN, FNP has a unique understanding of the physiological human response to insufficient food and the challenges people face when losing weight. Before receiving her nursing degrees, Rowsemitt achieved a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Chemistry from Boston University and her PhD in Biology from the University of Utah.
Weight loss supplements suppress appetite and burn fat
Television ads and full-page colorful magazine ads are continually touting the weight loss benefits of this or that supplement. Some of these ads even include a spokesperson dressed like a medical professional. The weight loss supplement industry is highly profitable, earning $6.3 billion at the last report in 2015.
Unfortunately, supplements are not as effective as their claims. The positive, and short-term effect they have may be due to the placebo effect. People may be more conscious of what they eat and be more active at first, which is the reason for the weight loss.
Just develop some willpower
Obesity is a very complex problem with dozens of possible contributing factors. There are many genetic variables and medical conditions that have been proved to contribute to obesity.
Choosing to eat less of some kinds of food, more of others, and exercise more is not always the entire answer, and it’s not that easy for a lot of people. Biology does have a role. Depression and stress can cause some hormone changes, leading to weight gain.
Eating is driven by behavior and behavior is driven by physiology and biochemistry. Studies show that after losing 10% of body weight, in most people metabolism dips and appetite increases. If that’s going on, it is probably time to see a comprehensive weight management specialist who understands the biology of the famine response.
Dieting is the best way to lose weight
In the long-term, studies show that 85-percent of people who “diet” gain the weight back within a year.
The best approach is to gradually increase activity levels, get more sleep, and eat healthier. This works for many people, and when it does not, when the pounds are just not budging, it is time for the assistance of a weight-management professional to determine and begin to correct any medical, biological issues.
Obesity is associated with an increased risk of several chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, increased risk of certain kinds of cancers, and other diseases. But, even thin people can have these diseases.
Dietitians and nutritionists in San Luis Obispo, and everywhere, can help plan food and meals for people with health issues, including obesity. But, consider the additional benefits of working with a health care professional who can prescribe medications, monitor progress and recommend the best treatments for long-term healthy and weight loss.
Getting help for these problems means getting the metabolism back to normal, and may involve using medications that decrease appetite and interest in food as well as normalizing metabolism.
Carol Rowsemitt has been working with Dr. Steven McAllen, MD, as her supervisory physician since 2015. Dr. McAllen earned his medical degree from UCSD and did his residency in internal medicine at UC Irvine. He has been in practice for 26 years.
There are a variety of FDA approved medications that can be used to help decrease appetite and restore metabolism to normal. The combination of medications, positive support, and learning about healthier choices can be the key to weight loss and a better quality of life
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