The data is staggering. Nearly one third of all adult Americans are considered medically obese. And every year, those numbers continue to climb. Why? It starts at the kitchen table.

The average American diet is full of fat, sugar, and salt. These foods are often genetically engineered and highly processed. Poor nutritional value combined with a lack of fitness is a recipe for disaster. The science is clear: your physical, mental, and emotional health are directly impacted by the foods you consume.

So what exactly happens to your body when you adjust your diet?

When you change the food you consume on a daily basis, you will start to feel a difference within a week. While you may not see any big physical changes to your body, you will feel stronger, more energized, and ready to take on the day. This immediate change comes from cutting out sugar. Sugars can give you a big energy boost (sugar high), but it doesn’t last long. After the high, your body crashes. Changing the nutritional content of your meals from sugars and fats to protein and vitamins will immediately provide your body with what it needs to function well.

One thing to keep in mind, it’s possible that you might find yourself dragging for the first few days of a new diet. That’s due to the addictive elements of sugars, salts, and fats. Your body is literally in withdrawal. You may feel mentally on edge, lethargic, and tired. But once you surpass those first few days, you will be filled with energy and will be mentally focused.

After about a month of healthy eating and sticking to your new routines, you will begin to enjoy the full benefits of good nutrition. With protein and vitamin rich food, proper hydration, and regular exercise, you will see your skin clear up and look brighter as inflammation and redness are greatly reduced. In addition, your metabolism will begin to speed up and function smoother when burning the food you consume. With a faster metabolism and higher levels of energy, you can maximize your workouts and double down on your weight loss efforts.

After a year, your new eating habits will solidify as a healthy lifestyle that you can carry through the rest of your life. Your resistance to junk food cravings will strengthen and you’ll find yourself reaching for healthier alternatives. Your mood will improve as you gain more energy and feel more confident with a slimmer body. Once you see these changes, weight loss becomes more sustainable for long periods of time.

It’s important to understand that weight loss takes time and can be different for everyone. There is no fast track method. But don’t be discouraged. If you need help, reach out to your local Options clinic to schedule an appointment. We can help you develop a sustainable, customized program that’s right for you and provide the support you need when the going gets tough. When you’re ready to change your life, we’re ready to help.