Are you under-eating?

If I’m doing everything right, why aren’t I achieving my fitness goals or weight loss goals?

I have had many clients over the years mention that they’ve been doing everything right with eating well and working hard. They still can’t meet their fitness goals, such as losing a few finals pounds or making gains.

The first thing I usually talk to clients about is nutrition and I ask them to track their food (calories) and have a look at how they’re fueling themselves. Once we gather the data, 4 out of 5 clients are kept from accomplishing their goals due to under-eating and over-restricting their diets.

When we over-restrict our calories, we deny our bodies the energy they need to function properly. This impacts our goals and it can really mess up our metabolism, mood, sleep, recovery, and more. On top of all that, it can force our bodies into conservation mode where we start to hold onto as much energy as possible by storing it as body fat. By over-restricting, we’re actually moving further from our goals.

It’s simply not a sustainable way to create a healthy life. Working out 3-4 times a week and eating less then 1200 calories per day leaves us hungry, unhappy and unable to reach our goals.

I work with my clients to create a small caloric deficit (or surplus, depending on their goals) which is sustainable long-term. Once we move closer to their goals, we make small adjustments to keep the momentum going.

– Jonathon

SO, what does a chiropractor actually see?

While an adjustment doesn’t take very long, the process before and after is very intricate.

The second someone walks into my office, I’m observing them. My mind is racing, and I’m pulling their history, injuries and ailments to the forefront. A lot of evaluation happens as you move into the adjustment space and onto the table. I register your general state. Are you happy, sad, stressed, calm, relaxed or anxious? I watch your posture and how you walk. I look for asymmetries. I note the details you provide about activities over the past few days. 

When you lie on the table, I feel for a few key differences. Is there tension in your muscles and along the spine? Are there movement problems or tenderness? Are there temperature differences? I compare all of these things to your X-Ray results and your subluxations (misalignments). Yes, I remember! 

The next part is your adjustment using my hands, instrument or a combination of the two. I apply many years of schooling and incorporate my twenty years of experience. It is all unique to you. 

After your adjustment, I look the the things I mentioned above again. I want to see your improved postural symmetry and balance, as well as the tone around those subluxations in the spinal joints. 

When you hear me say, “that was a GREAT adjustment,” these are all the things I’m referring to. 

I hope this helps, 
Dr. Greg Payne, D.C.