Ann Sura
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March 9, 2012
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Health and Wellness: Ways to combat and control and#8216;skinny-fatand#8217;

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — You may have heard the term “skinny-fat.” We may giggle but, what exactly does that mean? A person can be at an ideal bodyweight but still exhibit symptoms we often associate with obesity: high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, high blood sugar. They may also carry excess fat, but not realize it. A thin person is not necessarily a healthy person, no matter what outward appearances suggest.

Body composition refers to the percentage of lean tissue compared with fat that makes up a person’s body. Many people who go on a diet to look thinner will weigh less, but many lose significant muscle mass and in fact, retain excess fat. This creates an unhealthy body composition. Looking normal on the outside but carrying too much fat on the inside can still leave a person at risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, hormone imbalances and many other problems most often associated with obesity. A healthy body composition is essential to optimal health. The risk of developing serious health concerns is reduced when a person achieves or maintains a healthy body composition. Losing weight the right way means targeting fat and retaining muscle. A healthy muscle-to-fat ratio helps the body to burn more calories each day.

A ‘“healthy” weight does not always equal a healthy body composition. Many people who lose weight will become “skinny” but do not know whether they lost fat, muscle, or both. Often it is both, and too often that person who now weighs less is also “skinny-fat.”

Approximately 20 percent of Americans do not know that they have excess body fat to lose, because they appear to be a normal weight. The “thin” person who is on the verge of, or is already experiencing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, pre-diabetes, etc. may believe they have no alternative to a lifetime of medication. Targeting the fat on the inside that can’t be seen on the outside may be an important option for these individuals.

Ideal Protein is a safe, effective, medically designed nutrition plan that promotes fat loss while maintaining muscle mass. Achieving and maintaining a healthy body composition is a top priority for plan participants. Even if a person is at or near an ideal weight, they could greatly benefit from following the Ideal Protein protocol. Ideal Protein was introduced to the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee area one year ago and participants in our community have since shed over 800 pounds of unwanted fat, and experienced great increases in general health. Dramatic reductions in cardiovascular and diabetes risks are just a few of the other benefits some participants have witnessed since completing Ideal Protein.

With the Ideal Protein nutrition plan, the average woman will lose weight at a rate of 2-4 pounds per week, and the average man will lose about 4-7 pounds per week. Body fat percentage is closely monitored to ensure a majority of weight shed is fat, and not lean muscle. Coaches work with each participant to offer guidance, support, nutrition education, and weight/measurement loss analysis to ensure that individuals achieve their desired goals, a healthy body composition, and maintain the weight loss and health benefits.

On Wednesday, March 14, NaturaMed Natural Family Medicine will be hosting a presentation to introduce Ideal Protein from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This event is open to all and is free to attend. To reserve a seat, please call 530-546-0400, as space is limited. If you or a loved one struggles with excess weight and/or associated medical problems, join us to learn whether Ideal Protein might be the right program to help with these issues. If you cannot attend the workshop, please give us a call at NaturaMed 530-546-0400 with any questions.

— Ann Sura is a Naturopathic Doctor with NaturaMed Natural Family Medicine in Kings Beach.

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