Our overall health is related to how we take care of ourselves rather than related to how big or small our waistlines are.
Pain Free Lifestyle exercise and nutrition programs are designed around the principle that it is more important to take care of yourself, be healthy and feel well than it is to lose weight and be thin. The program is designed around the belief that it is more important to be healthy than it is to look healthy. The program is comprised of exercises that are designed to make you feel better, rather than to get skinny. Pain-Free Lifestyle is not a get-thin-quick scheme.
A new, anti-diet book came out that reinforces this approach to exercise and nutrition. It is called “The Obesity Paradox,” and it is written by Cardiologist Carl J. Lavie. Lavie, who is a cardiologist at the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute in New Orleans, said it very succinctly: “Looks can be deceiving.”
I have read about it and discussed it numerous times. I highly recommend it. “It” is eating breakfast.
I have long been a proponent of eating breakfast. When discussing the topic with patients, I always mention a study that concluded that those who skip breakfast are 80% more likely to become obese than those who do eat breakfast.
From what I have read from studies, and what I have observed anecdotally, breakfast sets the stage for how we feel throughout the day. Eating breakfast can affect concentration, focus, energy levels, food cravings, and more throughout the day. Eating breakfast can set us up for having a lethargic, hum-drum day or having a high-energy, feel-good day.