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Weight Loss and Wellness: Why they go hand in hand.

By  Dr. Jon Thomas D.C PSc.D, Board Certified Chiropractic Physician.

At the beginning of every year, many people resolve to lose their excess weight and get in shape. Generally, they want to look better, feel better, and reduce their health risks. More people become new members of gyms and fitness centers in January than any other month. Ultimately, many of these efforts fail at providing long term solutions as the return on the effort is not as instantly gratifying as desired or the actual cause of an individuals issues were never really addressed. To see real success from your effort, it is important to understand that weight loss and wellness involve many variables and a plan needs to be put together to address them all. Here is some important steps and points to consider.
Weight Loss Programs
Losing weight can be especially challenging because temptations are everywhere. When considering a weight loss program, a few simple questions will help people determine which program is right for them.  
Does the program require the purchase of prepackaged meals? If so, the costs of the food may be in addition to other costs of the program. Also, if a participant simply hates the food, it may become difficult for him or her to stick with the program.
Does the program require attendance at meetings or appointments with counselors? When starting out on a new endeavor, it may look like it will be easy to fit meetings into the schedule. However, things that happen in life take time. It’s a good idea to be realistic about the time commitment involved with any program. Make sure meetings and appointments can be scheduled at times that are convenient. The flexibility of any program can be an important factor in helping participants succeed.
When a question or challenge arises, can the participant get answers or advice? Questions are going to come up. Also, participants in any program are going to need advice from time to time. There’s no way around that. Having fast access to a counselor can make the difference between a person staying on the course or slipping up in some way.
Does the program include a doctor who has been trained in nutrition and in the physiology of weight loss? One of the most important considerations when evaluating any weight loss program is the training and experience of the practitioner. Since losing weight has so much to do with your health, it’s very important that the program is medically sound and is overseen by a qualified doctor who has had the appropriate training and who is experienced in the field of nutrition and weight loss.
When Joining a Gym
Becoming a member of a gym or fitness center can be of tremendous help in achieving one’s health and fitness goals. Being around other people who are also working to become healthier and more fit makes much more sense than being a couch potato or going to a buffet. Exercising in an atmosphere where others are exercising and having fun at it certainly can make the experience more enjoyable. Being around like-minded people can also be very motivating.
When considering a gym or fitness center, be sure that it’s open at hours when you can get there. If you’re not able to get to the place when it’s open, membership is not going to do you much good.  Also, be sure the center has the equipment or classes you want. If there’s a waiting list to get into a class you want, that class isn’t going to do you much good. Finally, make sure that the goal you have aligns with the outcomes one can get from this form of activity. Exercising and lifting weights can assist in loosing weight but it shouldn’t be the only part of the plan.
See Your Chiropractor!
This is one step that many miss involving both weight loss and wellness. Your body is going through changes and it is critical to make sure that the control center of your body, the central nervous system, is optimized. Only your chiropractor can identify specific areas that your nervous system is challenged and remove those interferences. Remember that everything that happens in your body comes from a brain center command and when that information isn’t flowing freely to the desired location your body does not have the information to perform its duties. Over time this disorganized information and dysfunctioning system can lead to problems down the road. 
Nutrition is Critical
Eating the right foods is a critical step as well, there has been so much advancement in nutrition over the past few years and the old method of “They say it's good” just isn’t leading to success. It is important to use the proper tools to test and measure specifically why and what you should develop as a nutritional plan. What is good for them might not be for you. Remember each of us Gain and Loose weight differently and each of us need different approaches to address our specific needs in nutrition. Many Chiropractors, and Medical Doctors offer specialized services that can assist you in knowing your own specific needs.
Dr. Jon C. Thomas will be speaking on Saturday, January 9th, 2016, at the New Year, New You Expo, which is being held at the Adam W. Herbert University Center, 1200 University of North Florida Alumni Drive on the campus of U.N.F. Dr. Thomas is scheduled to speak at 10:30 a.m. The event will give participants the opportunity to learn about the NutriMost program at the Vibrant Life Health Center and to ask any questions they may have. Admission is free, but registration is required. Get tickets.
Is the program getting results for other people? 
There’s no point in signing up for any program that is not producing results for people who are already using it. If a program works for a lot of people, there should be evidence of that. The more people a program helps, the more likely the program will work for you, especially if the programs works for people who are just like you.  Ask to see testimonials, especially video testimonials.

Pete lost 35 pounds in 29 days with NutriMost at the Vibrant Life Health Center
“To me, another significant outcome was that in this short period of time, I have stopped taking all the medicines for diabetes. The six pills and two shots per day are gone!  When I travel I no longer need to take those medicines with me. More importantly, I’m saving hundreds of dollars per month. NutriMost works.”
Kathy lost 25 pounds in 40 days
“You have to be very aware of what you’re putting in your mouth, but it works. If I could do it, anyone can do it.”
Dr. Thomas lost 26 pounds in 40 days
“I’ve actually lost weight on NutriMost myself. My metabolic age was lowered by twenty-four years. My body fat went down to ten percent. My body is operating at a far better level than it ever has before. If you’re struggling in any way, shape, or form with weight loss or fat, or if you are fatigued or simply unhappy with the way you feel, you can experience an amazing change in your body in just forty days with NutriMost.”

In this article, I have discussed the benefits of joining a health club or gym. I’ve also discussed some of the important things people should consider when they’re looking into signing up for a weight loss program. I’ve included my NutriMost testimonial and quotes from other testimonials about NutriMost at the Vibrant Life Health Center. NutriMost is a weight loss program that addresses both permanent weight loss and ongoing weight management.
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At Vibrant Life, we address all of the key elements to add vibrance and vitality to your life. This includes nutrition, chiropractic care, and fitness. If you need to consult with a chiropractor about your neck, back, or any other health concern, please contact our office to set up an appointment.
Dr. Jon Thomas is a Board Certified Chiropractic Physician. His practice, The Vibrant Life Health Center, is located in the Mandarin section of Jacksonville. His interest in health and fitness started early, and his athletic pursuits have included BMX racing, Professional Snow Skiing, Water Skiing, Baseball, Weight Lifting, and Martial Arts. After studying and learning from some of the top health experts throughout the world, Dr. Thomas dedicated his life to helping people of all ages to transform their lives. The objective for each patient is to initiate the body’s healing and to work progressively toward a body that functions optimally. Dr. Thomas is seen regularly on TV on First Coast Living, where he discusses the transformations of his patients. He also speaks at events throughout the community and writes informative articles to improve the health of residents throughout Jacksonville.


  1. There's a big difference between joining a gym and making it a part of your routine. Also consider other low impact means of burning calories such as walking and/or bike riding.

  2. It time to get serious about your health. Forget the fads and quick fixes. Good health is a lifelong commitment as this article points out.

  3. I once had someone tell me Health is easy to lose and hard to get back, so take care of yourself now! Great article!

  4. This was informative. Evidently, there's more to getting fit than just losing the excess weight.

  5. As someone that tries to stay in shape, goes to a gym, and sees a chiropractor regularly, I found these tips are very much on point.