Last year, about half of my patients and I engaged in a 12 week wellness challenge for improving both physical and mental health. Those who remained committed lost weight and lowered their blood pressures, blood sugars and cholesterol. They were excited about increased energy, fewer medications, and the ability to tuck in their shirts. In this program, I taught about the science behind weight gain and loss and the psychological principles behind motivation and habit formation, which are necessary for both weight loss and weight maintenance. The key to weight loss is lowering insulin, and this can be achieved with a low-carb / high-fat diet, intermittent fasting, more sleep, and reduced stress. This is easier said than done of course. The real work is in figuring out why you’re currently engaging in unhealthy habits and avoiding the healthy ones. The secret lies within your thoughts. Everything that we do or don’t do starts with a thought. Identify and practice those thoughts which lead to better choices, and you will create amazing results for yourself. This month, we will be starting a new 12 week wellness challenge. The challenge is open to everyone, but my patients will get a huge discount. This is a great time to become a member of Fountain Direct Primary Care and invest in your health.