Tired? Stressed? Can’t lose weight? You’re not alone. In fact, you may be one of the millions of Americans suffering a chronic, undiagnosed health issue. It’s called hypothyroidism: a condition that pumps the brakes on your metabolism because the master gland—your thyroid—isn’t functioning at its prime.
Everyone has their own personal goals for their health and body composition, and sometimes those include weight loss. But there’s a lot of misinformation out there. So BuzzFeed Life reached out to Dr. Holly Lofton, director of the Medical Weight Management Program at NYU Langone Medical Center, and registered dietitian Brian St. Pierre, director of performance nutrition at Precision Nutrition, to ask them about some of the common pitfalls, stumbling blocks, and misconceptions around weight loss. Oh, and how to actually be successful at losing weight and keeping it off.
Plus how to actually do it without hating life.
A wide variety of diseases can be detected by looking at changes your nails. Lung disease and lymphedema can cause yellow discoloration, while psoriasis can look like fungus. Bands, or lines in multiple fingernails, as well as changes in color, can also indicate illness.
Take D3, not plain D. It’s the most active form of the vitamin and the type your skin makes naturally when it’s exposed to sunlight for 15 minutes or so.Get a blood test for D if . . . you’re dark skinned; you’re elderly; you always wear sunscreen and a hat outdoors (smart moves otherwise); you’re obese (D stored in fat is less bioavailable); you have trouble digesting fats; or you live north of Atlanta, Georgia — during winter, the sun’s rays above there simply aren’t strong enough for you to create enough D.
You could have these big health issues and not even know it.
Unhealthy cholesterol levels and high blood pressure are two of the biggest contributors to atherosclerosis, which can cause a stroke or heart attack. To get a handle on both your cholesterol and blood pressure levels, have them checked regularly, starting at age 20 and continuing throughout your life