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Archive | July, 2015

Tips For Reaching And Maintaining A Healthy Weight

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All bodies are different, and the ideal weight for one person may be very different than the ideal weight for another—however reaching a healthy weight comes with many significant benefits.

 

Reaching a healthy weight can lower your risk for serious diseases, reduce back pain, make it easier to find clothes you like, boost your confidence, increase your energy levels, and improve your overall appearance.  Use the following tips if you need help reaching or maintaining a healthy weight:

Practice Portion Control

If you want to lose weight, you have to use more calories than you consume—it is as simple, and as difficult as that. One of the easier ways to reduce your calorie intake is to practice portion control. Instead of upheaving your entire diet, eat the same things you always do, just eat a little less. Shaving off a few calories during meals and snacks will add up throughout the day. One way to make portion control easy is to get smaller plates and bowls. Most people tend to fill whatever space they have on their plates, so if you plates are smaller, you’ll likely end up eating less. Measuring out servings may also help you manage portions.

Find Ways To Be Active

For the best results, you should combine a healthy diet with regular exercise. Find things you like to do that are active. Don’t give up on exercise if you hate running—instead, try biking, swimming, weight lifting, yoga, boxing, hiking, walking, or racquetball. Pick something you love and keep doing it, or cycle through multiple activities to prevent boredom and burnout.

Make Smart Substitutions

Smart substitutions can help you use more calories during the day and consume fewer. Try a few of these substitutions:

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Ride your bike to work instead of driving
  • Drink water instead of soda
  • Snack on carrots and almonds instead of chips
  • Convert your desk to a standing desk so you don’t have to sit all day
  • Go for a walk on your lunch break instead of sitting in the break room
  • Cook meals at home instead of eating out

Find Out What Is Causing Weight Gain

It can be difficult to maintain a healthy weight if you don’t know what is causing weight gain. At Riverside Medical Arts, doctors will evaluate your thyroid and check for food allergies and intolerances. There are many different weight management systems available. Doctors will help you find a system that is suited to your specific needs. Schedule a consultation to learn more.

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5 Steps To Eliminate Acne

hygiene st. george utah | riverside medical artsAcne can be painful and embarrassing, and in some cases it can even leave permanent scars. If you’ve been fighting your acne, use the following tips to eliminate it:

1. Start With Impeccable Hygiene

Bad hygiene isn’t the only culprit behind breakouts, but good hygiene habits are the first step to preventing and eliminating acne.

  • Wash your face every morning with a gentle cleanser and soft cloth.
  • Use an oil free moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated
  • Wear minimal makeup and always wash it off before going to bed
  • Keep your hair pulled away from your face
  • Avoid touching your face with your hands, and wash your hands frequently
  • Change your pillowcase at least once a week

2. Protect Your Skin From Sun Damage

It will be harder to prevent breakouts and treat acne if your skin is damaged. Sun damage can also have devastating long-term effects, including skin cancer. Take time to protect yourself by applying sunscreen whenever you go outside and reapplying it throughout the day. It is also wise to wear clothes that cover your arms and legs and a wide brimmed hat to protect your face.

3. Take Time To Relax and De-Stress

Stress can cause breakouts or make them worse, so take time to relax. Listen to music you like, call a friend, take a bubble bath, walk on the beach, or indulge in some retail therapy.

4. Try Over-the-Counter Treatments

For mild breakouts and occasional acne, over-the-counter creams may solve your problems. Most drugstores, grocery stores, and supermarkets carry acne creams. Look for creams with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

5. Visit a Dermatologist

Some types of acne can’t be treated by improving your hygiene and applying over-the-counter products. In this case, you’ll probably need to visit a dermatologist. At Riverside Medical Arts, dermatologists choose a treatment based on the type of acne a patient has. There are three main types of acne: comedonal, inflammatory, and cystic. These types of acne have different causes and require different treatments. A dermatologist can determine which type of acne you are dealing with and choose an appropriate treatment.

To find out more about treating acne, schedule an appointment at Riverside Medical Arts.

 

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